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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The essential reference book but a poor introduction

Stroustrup does not know how to write clearly or explain concepts to beginners.
Despite this, this book is the essential reference book on C++, and it is the book I reach for when I need to know something about C++.
For beginners, I recommend Ivor Horton's Beginning C++.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Deepak Alur, Dan Malks, John Crupi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
patterns to live by

This is one book you must have in your j2ee collection or you can just forget it. If you don't apply any of these patterns you are not going to have a designed system, much less a well designed j2ee system. These guys have been through the dark and shed light on areas that we don't have to suffer through, like the back button browser solution. Never thought you could solve that one on the back-end and be browser independent. You want to know best practices, here it is, no other book comes close and within so few pages. It's pricey all right, but you'll get all of that back in robust, maintainable code. Can't beat it with a stick.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book worked for me

It's obvious that one author wrote the SQL sections of this book, and the other author wrote the Forms sections. The SQL sections are from Mr. Couchman's Oracle DBA Exam Guide, and he hardly rewrote them at all - that's too bad, because the DBA Exam Guide is getting terrible reviews.
On the other hand, the Forms sections in this book are written in a different, much clearer style. The Forms sections make this book worth buying. If you are using Developer 6i, you should get the newer "OCP Building Internet Applications I & II Exam Guide" - that contains the same Forms sections, but updated for Developer 6i. ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy to read and understand in plain english.

I am getting ready to take the A+ exams and this is one of three books that I bought and also the eaisest of the three. I hope to take the exam in two weeks and place another review on the accuracy of the information. I read the book front to cover once already and plan to read it again before I take the exam. It helps make technical terms easier to understand and remember. And the chapter on electricty seem very simple. Overall this is a great book. After I take the exam I will post how accurate the practice exams in the book and on the CD stack up against the real exam. E-mail me if anyone knows of anymore good books.