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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The J2EE Architect's Handbook
Publisher: Dvt Press
Authors: Derek C. Ashmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical for beginners


I'm a Junior J2EE Technical Architect and I just finish reading your book. It's really interesting and instructive. It helps me a lot on my project planning.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux(R) Desktop Garage (Garage)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Susan Matteson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Linux Desktop Garage


I was trying to learn how to use Linux, so I bought this book. Wow, this book was so easy to follow and learn from! I love that it was not a dry humorless procedure manual. I really learned so much from this book, and I am not really too computer savvy. I highly recommend this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must have for Oracle developers


As a Java developer using Oracle, this book was a must. My knowledge of Oracle was limited, without this book I do not believe we could have written our application.
I have several bookmarks which point to key information like how to create users, rebuilding interMedia indexes, etc.
But like another reviewer said, the book is thick yet shallow.It does lack any significant explanation of its content. Regardless, it is still a great reference even for newbies.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Expand your universe


So far I am just dabbling with CSS. This book is great for taking you from ground zero to something svelte. The lessen format is like having your personal tutor. I will eventually get around to something practical. In the mean time I am expanding my universe.

So far I find this to be midlevel coding. The real problem with top level is that you have know idea want you are doing and a lot of superfluous overhead is added tot the commands; it is good for a quickie but can later paint you into a corner. Low level will give you tighter code and more control over results. Midlevel is a compromise but sometimes adds functionality that can not be reached at the lover level command line coding.

Every language has it strengths and purpose they just do not invent more complexity for the fun of it. I hope to have the mechanics down before I find out what it is.

For me this is the right book at the right time. What time is it for you?