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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
A "Must-Have" book if you are new to servlets

Thank you, Marty, for writing "core Servlets and JavaServer Pages".
I just finished reading the entire book, and I was very pleased by Marty Hall's excellent writing style. I enjoyed the text and was able to follow the examples. The examples themselves were well-thought out and the anecdotes were on-target.
I was also very impressed by the free code, particularly the complex tag libraries. What a gold mine!
If you have done some Java, but are new to servlets, you do NOT want to pass this book up. If you have done some servlets but want to learn more, or want to explore JSP, you do NOT want to pass up this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Java isn't slow if you do it right

Java's rep for being slow comes from 4 things:
1. before JITs came along, it *was* slow2. incorrect compile vs. VM preconceptions 3. Netscape 3/4's "Loading Java" message when it loaded the VM 4. bad programmers that make common mistakes
The first three points are moot. The last point is answered very, very well in Bloch's book. Java isn't slow if you do it right. This book gives more useful advice towards this end than any I've seen in print.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE text for learning Classical Electrodynamics

Read Jackson, re-read Jackson, work through the equations, think about the physical arguments, worry about & try to solve as many problems as you can, and you WILL really learn electrodynamics. It is not an easy book, but, then again, it is not an easy subject. Just take the time and do the work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Step by Step (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Online Training Solutions Inc.
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

Like "Windows XP for Dummies", this "Windows XP Step by Step" was designed for beginners. It is a gentle guide which will make your understanding of Microsoft's latest Windows less energy-sapping. The chapters are easy to follow: they let you maintain the gear at your own pace. The emphasis of this book (and its accompanying CD-ROM) is on training. Trouble-shooting tips were outlined in an easy-to-find manner. The quick-reference sections give a bird's-eye view of the chapters. The only weakness is that this book is not detailed enough as to meet the needs of most advanced learners. For that purpose, a bigger, more detailed text may be required.