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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Java Intro to anyone!


About 10 pages into this book, I think you'll really enjoy it. However, if you are not already familiar with Object Oriented Programming (OOP), I think you'll find the next 50 pages very confusing. I recently discussed this book with other Java programmers I know - we all agreed that the initial OOP converage is weak.
However, the remainder of the book is excellent. I do recommend it, especially for C++ programmers or those who already understand the basics of OOP.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great


It's incredible to think of the work that went into making this book. I really enjoy the examples given with nearly every entry in the reference section.
I think that Colin's extensive research uncovered attributes of ActionScript that weren't previously considered by the designers, giving the language more power.
I would probably only plead for more client-server integration discussion, but understand that it was covered briefly, is not fully within the scope of the book and would consume a lot of space.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a definite plus


Excellent Book!
This book is a definite plus for all people who have dabbled in table-free design but weren't quite ready to dive head first. If you are not familiar with basic CSS mark up, this book is not for you. If you wish to learn CSS from the ground up- see Christopher Schmitt's book "Designing CSS Web Pages" published by New Riders as well. Anyone who uses heavy javascript in their design will also find many streamlined CSS alternatives to that clunky code. "More Eric Meyer on CSS" starts off with a lesson on how to convert an existing table layout to cascading style sheets. I like the way Eric leads through the examples, every step in the code reveals possible browser conflicts. Lucky for us, he is able to supply the right workaround to make the pages compliant. Readers will also walk though styling a photo gallery, styling a financial report, `transparency layout', and many more. My favorite lessons were CSS-Driven Drop-Down Menus, Opening the Doors to Attractive Tabs, and Designing in the Garden. I have been a fan of the csszengarden site, and I had fun reaching the Zen Garden! Overall, this was a useful and comprehensive book. Eric Meyer has a simple way of presenting the lessons. None of the ten lessons he covers should take longer than one hour. He is obviously extremely knowledgeable in this field. His praise is well deserved. I personally plan on implementing these lessons on my personal site and those of future clients. The only flaw I found with this book was chapter 10's missing lesson file from the books website, this was alright, as a similar html file was supplied. It was definitely not enough to lower my perfect rating though.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPAQ for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Brian Underdahl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful and Enjoyable


This is how manuals should be -- inviting. The pictures, icons and layout, as well as the writing style, examples and content make iPAQ for Dummies the kind of book people will read, not just buy and leave on their shelves. The tips and examples show real-life uses, and the author's familiarity with his subject and his audience really comes through. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to see how to get the most use out of a Pocket PC.