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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Development without EJB
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best J2EE books available


An outstanding book on alternatives to usually complex, heavyweight and expensive EJB development. Lightweight IoC/DI frameworks like Spring, and modern O/R tools like Hibernate and JDO are a must for every enterprise architect and developer worth his/her salt to understand, and Rod & Juergen do a stellar job at presenting the case for them. You'll want to buy copies for your co-workers...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Phrack for Dummies


This book is a step in the right direction, but it could be better. It seems to have a lot to say about certain topics, a little to say about others, and nothing to say about still other topics. The coverage of buffer overflows, format string exploits, and writing shellcode is excellent. But then when we get to the networking section, there are a couple of paragraphs devoted to some topics. There is no discussion of web vulnerabilities in the book. Nothing on SQL injection. Nothing on cross-site scripting. Furthermore, the Windows world is totally ignored; Linux is used exclusively in the book. Nevertheless, the book is worth it if only for its unsurpassed overflow/format string/shellcode explanations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects


This book is simply outstanding. If You want to understand digital compositing with After Effects there is nothing comparable anywhere. There is a sample tutorial for almost every paragraph in the book. A must have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book even seen!!!


This book is nearly perfect. It introduces every aspect of the C# language in the first part, then provides a brief overview of the types of applications you might create in the second part, and finally ends with a thorough overview of the CLR in the third part.
No other tutorial I've read offers nearly as much coverage of the most important aspects, not only of C# as a language, but of building meaningful applications with C#.
The coverage of ASP.NET, WebForms and ADO.NET is, of course, superficial; Liberty's goal is just to familiarize you with these topics. He has a full book on ASP.NET for example, and with any luck he'll have books on WebForms and ADO.NET too one day.
The coverage of the CLR is first rate. He covers advanced topics here, such as reflection and threading, but his focus is on the most important things you might like to do (opening streams, creating asynchronous applications, dealing with remoting, and so forth).
The book is very well written, and he supports the book on his web site with source code, a FAQ, a full errata and so forth.
I highly recommend this book.