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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for Java devs looking to extend their skillset.

The content of this book speaks for itself. It's a great way to get involved into different concepts and applications concerning Java, at which time you might want to supplement your chosen area with a book totally devoted to that area; one that covers all the nitty-gritty details.
But what I like most about Mr. Hall's books is the numerous examples that are easily used in other applications. Much of this code can be used as the foundation for building very nice larger applications, and it's a lot easier for me to have the beginning pieces completed and just build upon them. I've found this to be true in both of Mr. Hall's books moreso than any other books I've read/owned. The only one that comes close is O'Reilly's "Java Examples in a Nutshell", a book completely devoted to providing only example code, but that doesn't cover Servlets and JSP of course.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book i've read on ASP

I was really looking for a book that gave me a good introduction to ASP and ADO and i just stumbled on this book. It was great from the very first chapter! They have a tremendous flow and do not assume stuff. Their explanations on Object oriented programming is very fresh. Throughout the book if you carefully test the code, you learn alot about creating flexible ASP web pages with full MSDE connectivity. Of course it helps if you already do some programming indeed on the cover they have the words 'programmer to programmer'. Too bad ASP 3.0 has now been superceeded but i think if you really want to understand the current you must visit the past!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Authoritative reference

This is the authoritative reference manual to UML, written by the creators of UML. The reference is complete (at least as far as I can tell).
A CD-ROM is included with the book. This CD-ROM has the complete book as a PDF file, with extensive cross references (as links). I usually hate to read lengthy material on the computer screen and I usually prefer a (paper) book, but the PDF file on the CD-ROM is really great. The cross references makes the PDF file easier to use than the book. (The "standard" document on UML from OMG is also included on the CD-ROM).
The book is written in a formal and boring style. Another thing that makes the book less enjoyable to read is the layout of the text. The lines are too long, and the spacing between the lines is inadequate.
The main part of the book is the alphabetically ordered reference. Before the reference part, the book has a short (85 pages) overview/introduction to UML. When I read the paper book I could not understand who would benefit from this text: the text is too harsh for the novice, but lacks all the details an advanced user would be looking for. However, on the cross referenced CD-ROM this text turned out to be a valuable part.
The book is a very unbiased reference. This is also a weak side of the book. You will not get any advice about good practices, or useful ways to apply UML for different design organizations.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Publisher: Graphics Pr
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pulls the Plug on PP

Beautifully written and printed pages set off Edward Tufte's brilliant deconstruction of PowerPoint. He includes perfect examples of PP's shortcomings, and the shallow thinking and slim data in most PP presentations.
I laughed aloud, hooting with amusement at his hilarious analysis. You haven't lived until you've seen the wicked parody of the Gettysburg Address as a PP presentation, or the splendid Soviet cartoon. We've all sat through (ok, we've given) these dreadful presentations. Along with the humor are some solid suggestions for improving presentations, and communicating data more effectively.