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Product: Book -
Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This download is the best ebay book I've read by far

Keep it simple - that's how this book's information is layed out - simple, and easy to read through! The strategies outlined have concise data that support their usefulness on Ebay or any other auction site. Bonus - I was able to email the authors with some questions of my own. Thanks!

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
Best at the moment

What this book does have is a good reference, and a great deal of cookbook examples.
However, what it lacks are good explanations to go with the examples. This means that the reader should have some idea about the steps taken in the code, and the reasoning behind the lines. Hopefully the next edition will take a page from W. Richard Stevens' books and have very good and logical explanations.
So, for the novice, I suggest this book for its good reference. You could also get a good idea of servlets from Java Enterprise in a Nutshell. Java Enterprise is more lucid, but has other areas to cover, so it is more a quick ref.
For others, well, there is no real alternative that I know of, except the online JavaDocs [...] could be a good alternative. Though I haven't read it, the Sun books tend to be high-quality.
[...] I thought this would be a helpful book for people to use.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
It's practically empty.

The book is obviously written for Netscape, like so many other JavaScript books, neglecting the fact that more people use IE.
There is code on almost every page that can be used without modification in your web pages to add functionality, which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. However, there is almost no explanation for how or why the code is written, and absolutely nothing to detail syntax, properties, or functions the code.
After reading the entire book, a reader would still be left unable to write their own code.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book that teaches Access to real people

I thought the book was outstanding. It followed a simple example from start to finish. When I was done, I had the skills to create a fairly complex program. I had previously bought the Access 97 Bible and really appreciated the many places where the differences were pointed out. I especially liked the coverage of the new ADO, Data Access Pages, and Microsoft Database SQL Server Database Engine.