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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book - Excellent Writer

This book is the only book you will ever need ( aside from the JavaDoc ) to learn Swing properly and effectively. The stuff I can write now after reading this book makes my friends and coworkers heads spin. The sections on the JTrees and JTables is fantastic. I wish the coverage on the HTML ToolKit / Parser stuff was more fleshed out but it points you in the right directions. [Maybe he'll write an addendum and post it somewhere :-)) ] The book is extremely well written contextwise ; you never feel like you are getting lost. It even covers modelling notation. I'm going to buy his next book(s) whenever they come out. I don't even have to read the writeups ; this guy is the best writer for tech stuff I have ever seen and the book is a bargain at any price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Apple Insight

Having been an Apple user since 1979, and at various times, having worked with Apple (and NeXT), I found this book to be both very accurate, and extremely entertaining. I admit that I "root" for Apple, in much the same way that others root for hometown baseball teams. If you do, or if you've ever wondered why managment can't seem to pitch its way out of a bad inning - read Owen's book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Extracting, Cleanin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Joe Caserta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An almost complete dwh design with ETL orientation

This book takes almost all issues in a data warehouse design and represents them oriented to ETL features. Actually, ETLing matches the whole of the data warehouse (more or less), so the need to describe them makes this book an autonomous work you can read without referring to previous books by Kimball. Besides, I think that some technical descriptions have been better performed here: in my experience it is impossible to undertake dwh activities without (at least) a sound knowledge about general features (indexes, use of a bulk loader vs. INSERT, etc.) of RDBMS, and this paper addresses them conveniently. On the other hand, the flat style used lacks to give evidence to the very significant issues, which happen so to be mixed up with less important statements; that demands to pay high attention while reading, but a blurring boundary between subtleties and trivialities seems to be a common shortcoming in dwh literature. Even with that flaw, the ETL Toolkit turn out as an outstanding reference to state of the art of dwh technology.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Deluxe Learning Edition (Microsoft Professional Editions)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just a few more words...

As already specified before, this is an excellent kit. Just for you to know though, I want to add a few more things:
First, when they say it is the un-registered version of VC++, they mean it. Every time you run or execute a prog or an application builded and compiled with this un-registered version, you get an ugly message before your prog runs that says it can't be distributed, etc, etc. It's quite annoying, but you can live with it.
Second, there are a couple of important topics not covered at all, as templates, multiple class derived and inheritance, and other advanced topics, but the author proclaims himself that this is an introductory book and not an advanced one.
Besides that, the books are excellent.