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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book can be (and should be) shorter

Very good material in the book. However, some example programs should be grouped together to illustrate more ideas in fewer pages. This should be a 200+ page book rather than a 500+ page book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Agreements Line by Line: A Detailed Look at Software Contracts and Licenses & How to Change Them to Fit Your Needs
Publisher: Aspatore Books
Authors: Michael Overly, James Kalyvas, Aspatore Books Staff, Aspatore.com
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thorough and on target

If you develop or evaluate RFPs, acquire software, or even are involved in contracting for services this book is an essential resource. I'll be frank about the readability - it's tough to plow through this book. The authors are terse and the writing style dense. However, when you consider a typical license agreement, contract terms and conditions and the stilted language associated with them, if you cannot deal with the writing style in this book you'll probably find contract and license evaluation ponderous as well.
I like the way this book presents information and advice by starting with a typical vendor agreement, then leading you through it, line-by-line as the title implies, and explaining the implications. It also shows how to modify each term or condition.
Another area I like is the chapter on software specifications and acceptance testing. I've worked with one client after another which licensed expensive software (in some cases to the tune of over a million dollars), or application services, without performing acceptance testing. The advice on this critical part of licensing is solid and should be carefully heeded. The chapter on maintenance and support covers another area that is too often overlooked in the acquisition process, and one that will almost certainly be important after the contract is signed. Again, carefully consider the advice in this chapter because it addresses a critical area. One final aspect of this book I like is Appendix A, which cross-references this book's chapters to vendor licensing provisions. This makes this book easy to use when evaluating licenses and contracts.
Take the time to read this book, then apply it to real world contracting and licensing and you will find yourself referring to it often.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Visual FoxPro
Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing
Authors: Andy Kramek, Marcia Akins, Rick Schummer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to do it with real examples

I note that one reviewer didn't like it because it spent too much time on showing the reader how to do things. Andy and Marcia (now husband and wife, by the way) have long been towers of strength in the CompuServe support Forums. This book shows their understanding, not only of VFP, but of us poor geeks out in the real world trying to figure out how to make it work.
Structured code, good programming habits, and incorporation of OOP is here with us now, here to stay. Andy and Marcia guide the user into the methods of using these resources with example after example. I've met some people who can sit down and read a book like this from cover to cover before touching the keyboard. They are theoretical learners, and more power to them. I'm the other kind of guy. I need to get my mitts on the keyboard as soon as possible and try things out.
This book is exactly what I need. At this moment it sits on my shelf with no less than 8 bookmarks in it. Andy and Marcia's influence may be seen through all my code.
Ultimately, this 67 year old geek must thank Andy and Marcia for the fact that, at an age when most old guys are retired, I am still gainfully employed, and generously paid.
This is the best kind of bargain!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office 2000 8-in-1 Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Catapult Inc., ActiveEducation, Perspection Inc.
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Step By Step

I ordered the book and it came propmptly. More promptly than getting Office 2000 loaded on my machine. It looks a bit more simplistic than what I was looking for but it looks like a great book for someone just getting started.