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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin Dittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding...Best Text Book Available

I found the authors treatment of this very comprehensive subject to be the best I have ever seen. I was so impressed by their pedagogical approach and their coverages, that I built my entire Internet WebClass around the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

I'm almost halfway through the book, and its by far the best book I have come across so far. I've read Ivor Horton's Beginning C++, Teach yourself C++ in 21 days, and C++ Primer Plus which I bought by mistake. This book does a better job of explaining the concepts that the other books only touch on. It is not a reference book, but as a beginner I have to say that C++ Primer is good for beginners. The other books I read I use now as references when I get confused about something I read in Lippman's book. I used to struggle trying to answer the excersises in Ivor Horton's book, after reading through a few of the chapters in C++ Primer, I can go back and finish the excersises in Ivor Horton and Primer Plus with ease. I don't know what it is, but when this book frustrates me, I just go back and re-read the section, and then it becomes clear. If you don't understand something the first time you read it, read it again. I read on a website that when it comes to C++ books, you have to read them, until you understand, if it takes 20 times, then so be it.
The other books don't offer the same level of explanation. This book does a pretty good job of showing, not explaining how pointers are integral to C++. As opposed to a brute force explanation, which is confusing, and it's why Ivor Horton and Teach Yourself failed miserably at conveying the importance of pointers.
This shouldn't be the only book you have if you are begining C++, but it should be a book you have. This book is not about the syntax of the language, ie int, char, double, etc, but how you use them. I'm glad that I have this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst computer book I've read in the past 5 years.

I thought the author was a good one. But this book really destroys his fame.
Simply put, the book is targeted toward kindergarden kids. You cannot learn much from reading it.
I wasted my time and i don't want you to do the same thing; don't buy it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A title worthy of being a post graduate course textbook

This book reads like the FAQ of Java Servlet Programming. The many questions that dot the server-side Java programming newsgroups and interest aliases can all be answered by the pages of this book.
The book targets developers that are comfortable with Java but want to learn about the issues related to Web development. It targets the developer that does not have an extensive experience with Web programming, HTTP, or HTML. It delivers right on target.
Its 13 chapters and 5 appendices are the perfect combination of information; making this book valuable as both a tutorial and a reference. Touching on all the important aspects of Java Web development, the many unabridged sample code examples demonstrate the essentials of implementation and are appropriate for the seasoned Java developer. The author's writing style maintains focus on the book's target audience. The book does not handhold readers through fragments of source code interspersed with comments that add little value and replicate the source listing multiple times to produce a bloated manual. Do not let this book's relatively compact size mislead you; this manual is densely packed with essential information!
The book goes beyond enumerating the APIs and their attributes. It covers issues that Web developers will encounter in their development efforts. The Internet resources listed in the book provide readers with access to the latest updates in the rapidly changing environment of Web development. The book does not favor a particular servlet engine making its content broadly applicable to the many Web environments that developers may be exposed to. The author succeeds in highlighting the (sometimes subtle) benefits of servlet programming over the use of conventional CGI scripting.
The author's sense of humour permeates his writing, as it does his newsgroup and mailing list posts, and keeps (what could potentially be) a dry subject interesting.
Jason Hunter's contribution to Web development extends well beyond his book. The author's well structured and succinct writing style can be read in his many on-line contributions, from his JavaWorld articles to his inception of his web site. He is an invaluable contributor to the on-line resources of the Internet. In print, Jason's work stands up to the demanding standards of O'Reilly publications.
Every Web developer should have this book. I recommend this book 'summa cum laude'.
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