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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well-Written, Organized and Informative

DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition makes mastering this critical service easy. As someone who is trying to increase my knowledge of server-side services and the Linux operating system, I found DNS and BIND to be extremely helpful.

The authors seem to have found the ideal mix of humor, information and tips and taken that and rolled it into a very organized title. The book's chapters proceed in a logical order, a newbie can read the title cover to cover, while a more experienced admin can start in the middle somewhere and proceed to the back cover.

This reviewer was very impressed with the level of organization in this title. I have read alot of computer books, but it would appear that the authors really put the extra effort into this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, a clear explaination of this fasinating subject

A beautiful part of physics is conveyed without having to learn some rather deep mathematics. Feynman is one of the wonders in using diagrams to explain difficult things. This book shows how. It is captured from lectures and has a friendly feel as he talks up to his audience.
I found this book an inspiration later when trying to convey some electromagnetic ideas to someone without the math background. The diagramming techniques work well. Without Feynman and this book I may have given up. But if he can explain QED to mere mortals, certainly more of us can convey difficult concepts (far less difficult than QED) to educated adults.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I have to say that this is the second time I have read this book. I have found it to be one of the most gratifying volumes it has been my pleasure to read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not particularly deep, but a good start

"Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days" is a deceptively-named but good tutorial on Java programming (after all, could *really* learn Java in 21 days?). The authors take the reader gently through the major topics of Java: classes, methods, control flow, etc. The examples and the discussions provided are not particularly deep, but for a novice programmer, they are more than sufficient.
I would recommend following through the examples and tutorials in the book to get a basic understanding of Java. Decide what areas you want to focus on, and get more in-depth books on those subjects. Don't expect to be a Java expert after reading this book.
Two last things: I would recommend this book over O'Reilly's "Learning Java." That particular book is not a tutorial and novice programmers and is poorly written. Also, the second edition of the book will do just fine if you're just interested in learning the basics of Java. The second and third editions are not significantly different, and you can save yourself some real money by getting a copy of the former.