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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
Excellent resource for development using Swing

This book was a great resource for learning more about Swing, it's underlying mechanics, and the Model-View-Controller architecture it uses. The chapters are well written, in good order and can provide as much or as little information as you require.
Don't expect to read this book and be able to write your own look and feel off the bat. It gives you a good starting point though (and Amazon.com has by far the best price).
An invaluable resource for Swing.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Of all the computer related books this one takes the cake...

Being a 3rd year comp sci major this is by far one of the hardest books to read. Not saying that because of its technicality but because the examples and explanations inside the book are extremely vague and abstract. Subjects tend skip here and there, worst of all statements lack clear cut examples, and remain muddy. In the worst cases, distinct subjects seperated in paragraphs bleed from one paragraph to another which is extremely frustrating to read and understand. It seems as if the authors used a cut and paste and mistakenly pasted one paragraph into another. Ultimately, I found myself taking a black marker and crossing out irrelevant sentences, and there is a lot of them.
Unfortunately My school uses this book so I do not have much of a choice whether I want it or not. I would not recommend this book as a source of learning this subject if you have a choice on this matter.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Illustrator 10 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Collaboratively written by computer experts Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas, Illustrator 10 For Windows & Macintosh is a no-nonsense, "user friendly" instructional guide to teaching oneself Illustrator 10. Taking a highly visual rather than textual approach to demonstrating basic and advanced techniques, this superbly organized guide supplements its pictures and sample demonstration artworks with extensive step-by-step, where-to-click, instructions to using each possible tool. Illustrator 10 For Windows & Macintosh is a "must-have" reference for all Illustrator 10 beginner through intermediate level users.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book--even better to learn DB programming

When I first bought this book I was skeptical that it wouldn't really cover database programming that well, like three others that I had. Well, now all I can say is that I'm considered an expert in database programming by many people just one month later! This book is excellent, so are its authors.