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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely the Best Swing Book


I own 3 books on Swing...and I never reference this one. This book's content is badly organized, and the information is badly presented. If your skeptical, grab a really good Swing book like "John Zukowski's Definitive Guide to Swing for Java 2", and pace yourself on the speed you grasp the subject matter, and hands down you'll learn faster with Zukowski's book. It's not enough to have all the info in a book, it's how it's presented and explained. I'm a fan of the Core Java books, so I was excited about this one, but ended up disappointed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl Objects, References & Modules
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
perl book you should/must get


Merlyn (as Randal Schwartz is known in Perl circles) is a fantastic author, and has written some of the most influential books on Perl available. For this book, he teamed up with his buddy and co-worker Tom Phoenix, who is another Perl luminary.
Picking up where they left off with their book 'Learning Perl' Randal and Tom plunge ahead into more advanced topics in Perl, giving you the reader in-depth knowledge in how to take Perl from small projects into large.
The writing is humorous, and easy to read, the examples are top-notch, and the knowledge is spot on.
If you're already familiar with Perl, and you're looking to take the next step forward, this is the book for you.
Kudos to the authors.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Rex Black, Rex Black
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good, but not great


As an aspiring tester, I can say that this book is not quite what I was looking for. It didn't give me a big picture of the testing process, nor did it give me any insight into how to use effective methods. On the whole, the better book for your money is "Testing Computer Software" by Kaner, et al. Now that one is a winner. This, just so so.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Inconsistency Reigns


It is in my opinion that the Elizabeth Castro book, HTML for the World Wide Web, is too inconsistent to be of any real use. The few points that I have found useful so far (with respect to HTML code) are so few and far between, that it has almost been a waste of time to try and find them. I understand that this is a beginning basic html book, but it seems Ms. Castro cannot make up her mind as to whether this should be basic content or not.
For example, Castro takes an entire one page to explain how to make text blink (ironically followed up by a comment that it will probably never work correctly in a browser); this is followed by, once again one page-- but this time to explain server-side image maps. Making text blink is most likely one of the most simple and useless things that you can teach, while server-side image maps might take a chapter to explain (certainly more than ONE page). However, Ms. Castro seems so bound by her own format that she chooses not to explain server-side image maps at all - she might as well have left them out.
Other concerns that I have with this book are a number of simply off-the-wall tips that she seems to include to take up space. For instance, when talking about changing the color of links, she includes this `tip': "...test you color page on a black and white and a grayscale monitor." What?! When I bought my first computer in 1989 when the Internet was not even heard of still (let alone web pages), IT had color. Is she telling me that I should check a black and white monitor when realistically no one in the world with a black and white monitor could even access my page? Also, even if they somehow were surfing on the Internet with a black and white monitor, they obviously wouldn't have the money available to buy my product, if they couldn't even afford a $20 VGA monitor.
HTML for the World Wide Web is far too inconsistent to be of use to anybody. If the author cannot even seem to decide how to teach me, than how can I learn? Obviously, this is all my conjecture, but I have showed my points to other web designers and web masters, who agree with my thoughts. I have not been around long enough to see any great number of basic HTML books, but I have definitely seen books that are better than Elizabeth Castro's.