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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simple the best

Very easy to read so you can cover alot of material right away... I am studing for the exam and I have a good feeling that I will pass it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book on UNIX advanced programmers

This book illustrates the most essential UNIX system calls. Few books have described so many details on how to use them. So if you want to write your own true-UNIX programs, this book is a must-see. But this book lacks some recent features of UNIX like threads

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jef Raskin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent - but dont take his ideas as gospel!

This is possibly the most rewarding UI book I have read. I say that because it takes a constructive approach - actually suggesting novel solutions to problems rather than just stating that "the mouse is dead", "menus are passe" etc. The latter style frustrates, as its obvious the author doesnt have any better ideas (or if they do, they're not willing to share them!).
The other good thing about Raskin's book is that it encourages the reader to think about their own solutions to common UI problems.
This second point is where my caveat comes in. Raskin's suggestions prompted my own creativity because his are so extreme! Resist the temptation to take Raskin's suggestions as gospel. I think they intended more to stimulate debate over UI elements we take for granted.
Those of us who have used computers since the early 80s (or earlier) might be tempted by Raskin's rather zealous "back-to-the-good-ole-days" ideas, such as dedicated function keys on the keyboard (he's very big on these) - but I don't see the 21st century PC novice warming to such ideas.
Of course, if you disagree with Raskin's ideas, it means you're thinking about UI design, so you're getting your money's worth!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical C Programming, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Oualline
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Had to use another book that was more understandable

I felt this book is structured in an awkward manner and very tough to use as a reference. It certainly does not live up to the high standard of other Nutshell books I've read. I would barely recommend it for beginners who want a tutorial-based introduction. For anyone else, it's not worth the price.