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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent analysis of EJB


I've reviewed three EJB books, and this one is my favorite. Richard's writing is concise and very readable. He presents very complex concepts in a very digestable fashion. The example application used throught the book provides excellent insight into the best practices for design and development of EJB-based applications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen


this play must be read at least twice in order to geta real sense of whats going on.Ibsen created a timeless work of art when he wrote Hedda Gabler.Here we have a simple plot,A woman who feels that she is trapped in a loveless marriage,discovers that her old love is back in town. To make things more complicated for Hedda, this old lover is a rival of her husband.To add insult to injury,her old lover is being helped by the woman she hates.But I wouldn't fell too sorry for our Hedda, from the very opening of the play we get a chance to see who Hedda really is.In this scene we see George Tessman, Hedda's husband admiring the new bonnet of his aunt Miss Juliana Tessman,who has just placed it on a chair.Hedda enters.Hedda- Tessman, this servant will never do.Miss Tessman- Berta will never do ?Tessman- Whatever put that in your head, dear?Hedda- Look at that! She has left her old hat lying around on a chair.Tessman- Why, Hedda--Hedda- Suppose anyone had come in and had seen it!Tessman- But Hedda! That bonnet's Aunt Julia'sHedda- It is ?Miss Tessman(picking up the hat) Yes, indeed. And what's more,it;s not old.Hedda knew that the hat belonged to Miss Tessman,and that it wasn't old.This is where the reader get a sense of what Hedda is about.We see the woman full of jealousy,needing always to be the center of attention.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another great popular science book from a succesful author


Following his excellent book on Fermat, Simon Singh has done an excellent job writing a second popular science book explaining a complex mathematical subject, to laymen like me.
The book tells the history of cryptology (the science of secret communication) from ancient time to the present day with a look into the future of the subject. Simon Singh takes a few detours into neighbouring subjects, such as the understanding of Hieroglyphs and the Rosetta stone and the Linear B greek writing.
The book is written in a clear language, without any mathematical complexities (high-school math would suffice to understand it, and those who wish to understand more can go to the appendice to find more detail), covering the subject, and making for an easy and interesting reading.
I like this book a lot - it presents the material in a readable and enjoyable way, making this scientific subject accessable to everybody.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel P. Bovet, Marco Cesati
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Grabs you, won't let you go !


My interest Ranges from admin to security to <big focus> drivers.
This book (or tome in many peoples eyes) is the utter definition of 'internals explained'. I sat with this book and Linux Device Drivers 2nd Edition (also from O'Reilly) and practically obsessed! It's generally very good for anyone who does /anything/ linux. You will learn how to communicate with the kernel, and get a great explanation of all kernel specific functions. Whether you talk to it, interprocess with it, whatever; this book will be a /major/ help for kernel related tasks, It was for me. As a bonus, in the back you can find all functions and headers by reference and alphabetic. In essence, i was very satisfied and glad i came upon this 'tome'.
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