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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JSP Web Development
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Jayson Falkner, John Timney, Casey Kochmer, Romin Irani, Perrumal Krishnaraj, Meeraj Moidoo Kunnumpurath, Sathya Narayana Panduranga
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too many errors in this book

This book is filled with errors. For instance, in one section, the author refers to a sample jsp but what is under it is an java file instead. Then the author instructs the reader to copy the sample code for a java file but this is the jsp instead. Plus in many places, the author instructs the reader to create a directory but then a couple of paragraphs later the author is instructing the reader to save some code in an entirely different directory than the one the reader just created.
Where was the editor of this book?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barry Burd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Java 2 at it's best

When I starting writing Java applications and applets I found it to be tedious and difficult. So I bought a few different Java books to help me out. After two other books I came across Java 2 for Dummies. I'd used the Dummy series before and other authors seem good at turning difficult knowledge into easy to understand english. The author, Barry Burd, is a wicked funny guy too. And no, I'm not just saying that. Not only was his dialog entertaining but also informative. It wasn't like other java books which end up reading like an encyclopedia. It gave me a great understanding of Java. I highly recommed this book for anyone starting to learn it and even for those who have been coding for a while. "Hello world!"

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book

This is a great place to start for anyone looking to learn .net. Whether you're looking to read the book cover to cover, or you need a good, solid reference, this book is excellent.
This book covers many aspects of .net vital to any developer really looking to devote thier time to .net development. Most of the samples are written in C#, making it easy for C++ developers to make the transition (It even includes some managed C++ sample code). It's also easy for a VBScript developer to transition, as it is easy to read, concise, yet descriptive.
This book starts with CIL and ends with remoting, web services, and multi-threading, and makes sure to cover a large amount of information inbetween. It's a great "Hands-on" book, and primes you to dive right into development.
KUDOS! Excellent book!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in Fortran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William H. Press, Brian P. Flannery, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear explanations with good code

I converted the authors' multigrid program on p. 870 to Visual Basic and ran it in EXCEL. Comparison with exact solutions for special cases of Poisson's equation showed it to be accurate to micro percents in less time than it takes to write the spreadsheet (a second or so). The explanation of the program in the text is clearer than specialist discussions like Wessling (An Introduction to Multigrid Methods), but doesn't contain theoretical analysis of convergence rates. Personally, I find it more persuasive to plot the errors vs number of cycles, number of smoothings etc. than to read theoretical analysis.
The authors also compare various methods and give practical advice about which methods to use. Specialist texts on numerical methods aren't much good in this regard, being hung up on methods where it is easy to prove convergence rates.
Bottom line: Good code, good qualitative discussion, good comparisons of methods.