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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No java? Duh! Check the date!

This remains the best book on patterns. I own many others - and this is the only book that provides clear, concise descriptions and examples. It is an *excellent* book for java developers, too btw - it's the ideas that are important, not the language they are implemented in.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Windows Graphics Programming: Win32 GDI and DirectDraw (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Feng Yuan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great addition to your windows programming library

Given Feng's history with writing printing drivers for HP it is pretty clear that the information in this book covers his experience with GDI internals. The code examples are all in C++ and the sample code and utilities would add nicely to a programmers sandbox. The book covers the basics of GDI and graphics programming and then delves into more advanced image processing (affine transformations, alpha blending, mask blitting, filtering, etc.) There is even more stuff here, but I don't have enough room to type it in. This is definitely a book to have if you are writing shrink wrapped UI intensive applications.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction : Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Authors: Ruth Colvin Clark, Richard E. Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the very best

I have been developing and teaching online courses for several years and have an extensive library that I have collected over that time. I have found this book to be one of the four or five I return to on a regular basis.
As a person who serves as a reviewer for other faculty work, I lament that this book is not required reading. In addition to discussing how to correctly use technology it also spends significant time looking at how students learn and how we, as faculty, should adress students in an online environment.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First EJB (Brain-Friendly Study Guides)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good starting point and exam study guide

Pros:- easy to read (although it has 700 pages)- good intro for beginners.- good review guide for exam takers.
Cons:- not too many examples
If you are new to EJB, read this book, play with some examples from Sun's tutorials and go through the book again before you take the exam, it will make a lot more sense the second time around and it will help you score high.