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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good explainations


I got certified by only studying from this book. I had a school course background in Java. I had good structured programming experience before taking the Java course in school. This book relies on your basic knowledge of the Java language. I used this book by itself for the exam. It covers everything in the exam. Pay a lot of attention to the file system chapter, 10 - 15 % of my exams questions were about it. I listened to the reviews on this book & I passed the test after 35 days of studying. You need to do a lot of practice too (mock tests on the internet). If you pass the practice test in this book, the real test should be easy for you. I got 67% in the practice test in this book & 70% in the real test. Good Luck.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Peter Koletzke, Paul Dorsey
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very poor


The number of books for Oracle Developers is sadly very limited. Probably for this reason, Oracle allowed this nearly useless book to be published. As an OCP Developer, I was interested in an "advanced" book dealing with Forms. The Certification guide is far better. This book never really gets started, instead it meanders from subject to subject, providing nothing in the way of depth. Save your money on this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A standard


Before I bought this book: I knew about html basic elements such as head, body, p, and a few more. I had to use tools to create web pages and I never knew how it really works, and I didn't use any advanced elements. Now I can do web pages much better, use CSS and many other cool things.This book is so well organized it has good approach, from easy elements to harder elements. It covers very interesting topics starting with text elements (for beginning), frames, css, java introduction, java programming, basic 2d & 3d graphics, mouse and keyb. events, layout managers, awt components, swing, threads, network programming (excellent one), and finally server side stuff (java server pages, servlets,jdbc...).
My wish would be to remove java programming sections, since java programming is too big and to complex to show it in 2 or 3 sections, also there are plenty java programming books around. However this is just my opinion.
*All* of the examples are SHORT and INDEPENDENT: you don't have to read all chapters in a row to be able to understand the example. Each topic has it's own nice and small example which exactly points out the essential things. I really hate reading a book from beginning to the end, therefore I hate when whole book is based on one example which grows as you go further - THIS BOOK IS NOT LIKE THAT, althow more examples would be even better.
Finally, this is one of the best books I own, the only negative mark is that java programming should be removed, as well as awt, and instead more java script should be present, however this problem is easy to overcome by buying one of numerous java script books (recomended: JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman).
Sorry for typos, good luck to all, bye !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book is written by experts for experts


This is not a tutorial. One would need some familiarity to understand this book. If the goal is to have a deepest understanding in CLR, this is the best book.
I was very anxious to get this book. Ever since the time of "Essential COM", I know Don will teach me .NET in great depth. I was not disappointed with the book. I was also surprised to find out that Don has made very effort to make the book readable.
I already owned "Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming" by Jeffrey Richter, I was eager to put both books under comparison since both books cover similar subjects. Both books offer a lot of detail and both books are easy to read. However, the coverage in Jeffrey Richter's book benefits a wider audience and the availability of source code from Wintellect web site is a plus. You need to step through the code to get a good understanding of what is "app domain".
If your goal is to get the deepest understanding of CLR, then Don's book is a good read after reading Jeffrey's book. The book provides the best insider information of Microsoft. I do wish the source code would be available for download somewhere. -- Reviewed by Li C.