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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tools for Structured and Object-Oriented Design: An Introduction to Programming Logic, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Marilyn Bohl, Maria Rynn
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Will Make You or Break You as a Beginner Programmer


I purchased this textbook for a class and found it to be very good in illustrating programs in a language-independent manner. (Flowcharts and pseudocodes are used instead of a specific language.) The exercises in the back of each chapter are helpful, but become tougher and tougher, demanding more time and detail. If you can't handle these exercises perhaps you picked the wrong career! What's the justification for the price tag? (Previously released as an anonymous reader.)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Stephen J. James
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Makes learning HTML easy


I can do just about anything on a computer but program, so I was worried about learning the HTML language. Thanks to this book, I learned HTML quickly. The disk included with the book also was a big help, since it gave me lots of references to help me with tough coding. I now have several Web pages up and running, but I make sure to keep the book handy for a quick reference. Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great servlet book, even if somewhat dated.


This is one of the best books for learning Java Servlets. Itprovides the reader with clear examples and throughout explanations ofthe Servlet API v2.0. The topics discussed in this book reflectsituations that might surface in the real world. The only problemthat arises with this book is that the Servlet API is now in version2.2 with version 2.3 really close to being available to the public.Therefore some of the methods and/or classes presented here aredeprecated and were replaced or eliminated in the latter versions. Anexample of this is class javax.servlet.http.HttpSessionContext Iread at the author's site...that he's releasing a new edition soonwith updated information. I throughly recommend this book even ifyou are using a newer version of the API, since the core servlettechnology hasn't changed much. If you want to learn servlets justfor acquiring the knowledge, you might want to wait for the secondedition. Otherwise get this book to get on the fast track into thisexciting technology.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unique in niche filled. Solid in approach


I've read allot of books based on languages, Java and J2EE. Most follow the standard format(s) of API's explained or focus, in detail, on one particular aspect or approach; say patterns. What's unique about this book is that it seems to fill all the cracks left between the "generalist" and the "specialist" books.
Almost with an odd supernatural poetry Rod has managed to slip into most the holes left by the trail of Authors before him. With a welcomed, in-your-face honesty, the author explains where certain aspects of the J2EE architacture work, and where its wasted techno-flex; I've EJB'ed, therefore I am.
Refreshing. You will leave wiser for the walk-of-words, but keep a reference handy as this book isn't meant to be one. It's meant to be in all the places a reference just doesn't manage to go.