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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Concepts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Good introduction to programming & Java

I found this book pretty neat if one wants to develop an object oriented approach to programming .Though java is not covered exhaustively, but it does give the beginner a feel of how java works.I had a teacher to go along with this book & that too helped to get the maximum from the book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
OK as a reference

If you're already clued up on XSLT, this would be a good reference. If you know XML, but want to *learn* about XSLT - it's quite appalling.
Its dense, assumes lots of prior knowledge, and is written from the perspective of someone who already knows what he's talking about, so there's no need to explain it any further.
The examples don't bear much relation to real world problems, and are concerned very quickly with low level details of the XSLT language. A common question I found myself asking was "I can see that X does Y to Z ... but why do you want to do this?"

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Service-Oriented Architecture : A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Thomas Erl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great resource

Packed with great advice, this guide has tons of strategies that help with strategic architectural decisions right down to technical issues. The tutorials are useful too, but this book is really more about design strategies in the real world. Answered a lot of my questions.
Also, its worthing mentioning that this book treats XML equally and separately from Web Services. This was useful to me, as integrating these platforms is often separate but related tasks.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Wolfram Media
Authors: Stephen Wolfram
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Mathematica is a fairly specialized software for working with a broad
range of mathematical equations and graphs. The book is a description
of how to use the software. Stephen Wolfram wrote the software, so the
book is pretty authoritative. I find the book and the software to be
amazing, fantastic, phenomenal, ground-breaking, and all the other
adjectives like those. I'd also throw in artistic, poetic, and
stunningly beautiful. The software does not come with the book - it's
sold separately.... There is a student version available
for significantly less.... The student version is the same
as the professional version, but you have to upgrade to the
professional version after you graduate (but you get a discount on the
upgrade also). There is an electronic copy of the book that is
included with the software, but I find it handy to also have the hard
copy book. I also found the software support people to be outstanding
- helpful, friendly, and supportive.