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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2EE Web Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good reference and tech introduction...


The alphabet soup subtitle gives a clue as to the book's heft: "XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, WS-I, JAX-RPC, JAXR, SAAJ, JAXP". All these can be effectively summarised by the phrase "Basic Profile 1.0". This is needed for interoperability of any web service application you might be developing. It is a set of rules telling how to use XML, WSDL, SOAP and UDDI to make your application available as a Web service.
If you don't know these 4 items, then basically you need to read most of the book, before being able to deploy an application. The chapters span 733 well written pages (plus there are large appendices). So be warned, it is not trivial to develop a Web service. The clarity of the writing helps assimilation, but the sheer bulk of the text seems necessary.
On the positive side, now with BP 1, if you conform to it, your application should indeed work in a diverse environment. Such could not easily be said prior to it. Along the way, you may certainly wonder if the large amount of material needed to be understood is indicative of a still developing field. This barrier may be the single greatest impediment to Web service development. Certainly not the author's fault. He is explaining industry-wide agreed upon standards. Though in the last chapter, he does suggest along these lines that XML deployment descriptors used in J2EE are far too bulky and brittle.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for self learners!


This is a great book for those of you who wish to learn HTML at you own pace and without the need for any external help.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not your ordinary O'Reilly book


This is not your ordinary Dummies book.... It's much longer and it isn't about a fluff subject.

This is not your ordinary O'Reilly book.... You will actually be able to read this, in bed, without passing out within minutes.

What sets this book apart from the typical techie "learn how to program X" book is the distinctive writing style and the liberal use of cartoon bubble text, clip art and corny lines. Think of this as a Dummies book on steroids (it is twice as thick). If you have a basic understanding of programming and would like to learn Java and Object Oriented Programming, this is a great read. It is entertaining and easy to read without being overly dry. It is NOT a reference book and if you already know OOP and Java you might prefer a standard O'Reilly tome. Likewise, if you despise the Dummies and Idiots book series (from other publishers), then this book is not for you.

While reading you should have scratch paper, pencil and maybe a computer to test the short programs on. On every few pages you'll find sample exercises and mini games to help you learn syntax and the finer details. Most of the time you will want to answer the questions to further your learning.

The 2nd edition is new and improved with additional chapters and corrections. I was slightly confused with the sparse instructions on installing and running your first class file but was able to figure it out using the web and tweaking the code. Each night I look forward to the next chapter and am saddened by my 1 a.m. sleepy eyes getting in the way.

I have been enjoying the whimsical nature of this book and appreciating its ability to teach a dry subject in an entertaining way.

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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Half cooked...poor explanations


I'm extremely interested in theoretical computer scinece, but I found out that this book presented the subject very poorly...emphasizing the wrong concepts and overall not giving a coherent and lucid discussion. Waste of money, in short.