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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
He knows How to teach Beginners

'Learn to progrma with Java' is the second book of learn to series for me. When I read 'Learn to program with Visual Basic 6', I felt the author has a good style and format for beginner. Again I confirmed his teacing talent. He knows how to teach and how much to teach for beginners. Many other beginner's book have failed because they contain too much concepts, which result in over 1500 pages of referenc book not for beginners.Mr. Smiley gives essential concepts in organized form. After I finished "Learn to Program with Java", I am enough ready to learn intermediate level of Java.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great! Great! Great!

This was probably the best book I have ever read on programming. I am only 12 years old, yet this book made it easy to grasp the concepts of C. The chapters are information packed, yet fun and not over-technical. Don't waste your money on any "Dummies" books. This is what you need if you want to learn C.
PS:The author also writes a great QBasic book called "QBasic by Example."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Tutorial

Knowing about 15 programming languages, I've read many well written and poorly written programming tutorials in my day. After reading this book, I am convinced that this is not only the best Java book that I have ever read, but one of the best programming books that I have ever read. What separates it from the rest are its clarity and organization. I mean, engineers don't always make the best writers. However, Naughton and Schildt make an excellent combination.
This book is perfect for Java newbies and Object Oriented newbies. But even though I think this is a great programming book, I would not recommend this book or the Java language to programming newbies. That is, I would never suggest learning an Object Oriented language as your first programming language. Otherwise, if you can't learn Java from this book, maybe programming is not your calling!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Architecture Toolkit (Enterprise Computing)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Jane Carbone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for the novice

This is a great book with a ton of practical advice, examples and exercises. I think the test with any IT book is can you apply the information easily to what it is you do, and the answer here is certianly "yes". Thr infomation is presented in the context of an imaginary project, and leads the reader through each step in an easy to follow format. A well done book that is well worth a sunday afternoon.