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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art and Science of C : A Library Based Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Eric S. Roberts
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This Book Is Terrible

If your teacher leaves much to be desired, do not turn to this book for help. Because the author uses his own libraries throughout the book, it is difficult to learn the real structure of a lengthy program. I found this book to be one of the most worthless books I have ever read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

Nothing close to "Effective C++" ( as title might suggest to those familiar).
This doesn't imply, that the author doesn't know the subject: but the book isn't good.Wordy. Little code.
Not worth a place on your shelf.Hope there won't be "More effective Java".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Intro, Easy Read

This is not one of those bloated computer books that you have to read while hunched over a keyboard, taking notes and meticulously typing out the examples.Instead, it's a book that you can casually read and then hack out some some pretty simple but effective programs when you have the time. I read a significant portion of the book on a plane far away from a computer and the concepts and examples stuck well.
If you want to learn Perl, grab a copy of this book. It's not a reference book or an exhaustive review of Perl's features, so you'll probably need another source as well - the perl manpage documentation that comes with perl distributions or Programming Perl are both good companions. But ultimately it's a quick read that'll have you writing code in no time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Coverage of a very broad set of topics

This book summarizes things that you must find out from years of experience and from a host of other books. Some people would expect this book to teach them everything, but the architect test is too broad for one book to ever do justice to.
I would buy the Design Patters book (Gamma), the Professional EJB book & Java Server Programming J2EE Edition (Wrox), UML Distilled (Fowler), the Designing Enterprise Applications with the Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (Sun). Then I would write some i18n apps, write some simple beans on JBoss, disect the Java Blueprint sample app, then READ THIS STUDY GUIDE, and THEN I would take the test.
But then what do I know, I missed 3 questions on the test. If you're lazy and want to pass the test from reading one and only one book, you're SOL, it ain't gonna happen.