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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tomcat: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Brittain, Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE Tomcat Bible - A must own book for anyone using Tomcat

Tomcat: The Definitive Guide is a great book about the most commonly used open-source servlet/JSP container. Tomcat is the official Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Tomcat is really powerful and flexible, but you really need a good book to figure out how to integrate Tomcat with Apache, how to set load-balancers, clustering, etc on all of the major platforms, including Windows, Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS X.
This is where Tomcat: The Definitive Guide comes in. This really well written book makes it easy to follow for the developer as well as non-developer admin. The book starts with an introduction of Tomcat (v4.0) where you learn how to stop/start the server, learn about the directory structure, and learn to modify the start/stop scripts as well as the configuration settings. I really like the treatment given to security, realms and JAAS in the second chapter with more details in the sixth chapter. Most books of this type will leave out security and this book deals with it in the second chapter. Kudos to the authors for that.
I also really like the chapter on performance tuning that deals with real-world applications. The chapter on integration with the Apache webserver is really well written. Most people that deploy Tomcat in production will want to put Apache webserver in front of Tomcat to serve up static content like html and images while letting Tomcat handle servlets and JSPs. Most of the documentation about this Apache httpd - Tomcat integration on the Internet deals with v1.3 of Apache httpd. However, the book deals with Apache 2.0, which is another plus for the book.
I can go on and on - If you are using Tomcat, planning on using Tomcat or just want to learn more about the server, this book will provide you with all of the information to help harness Tomcat's power and wealth of features. I would highly recommend this book as a companion to any servlet/JSP programming book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering AutoCAD 2004 and AutoCAD LT 2004
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: George Omura
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Omura's Books

I love Omura's books about AutoCAD.I have all the versions from AutoCAD13 to AutoCAD2004, it is wonderful, easy to read to Understood to deal with, since I am an architeact& a lecturer in University, I this book very helpful in my work& teching.Thank youArqem

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2005 for Developers (Pro - Developer)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Peter DeBetta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Early Book, Based on Beta Software

There's about to be a new version of SQL Server. This book, based on the June 2004 beta level software, gives you the first detailed look at the new features coming in SQL Server 2005. While some features are likely to change before the final software is released, the broad view as given here is likely to remain pretty fixed. By this stage in the development of the new version, these points are well along.

This book does not pretend to be a book on SQL Server, it is intended for the knowledgeable SQL Server user and covers only those points that have been changed for the new version.

From what I can see, the big changes in 2005 are in Security, XML processing, and mirroring. Most of the other things, a few additions to T-SQL, some enhancement of notification and reporting services are included. Then again, I'm looking at it from what I do, you may find that you consider other features to be the most important. Knowing what those are is what this book is all about.

It's certainly a timely book, now is when you need to start planning for the new release.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Indispensable for any high-tech company

Joel's website (www.joelonsoftware.com) is a must bookmark for anyone looking to succeed in the software and high-tech markets. This book represents some of Joel's best work over the years and you are doing yourself and your company a huge disservice if you don't buy it, read it, and keep it close at hand as a reference. From stupid development tricks to Microsoft's handling of the Windows API, Joel provides insights into development and practical advice on managing a company you simply can't find elsewhere.

My three favorite chapters are:

1. The foreword to "In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High Tech-Marketing Disasters," (another "must read" book that you should buy now).

2. Please Sir, May I Have a Linker" wherein Joel bemoans the fact that you can't create a standalone app with .Net (bet you didn't know that)!

3. "Fire And Motion," a fascinating speculation on Microsoft's manipulation of "standards."

I can't say enough about this book. Go buy it and read it.