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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Trivial Pursuit book

This book is a must-have in learning .NET because of its in-depth coverage, tips, and great examples. Its discussions on exceptions and garbage collection are the best I've seen anywhere! *Note that an understanding of C# is helpful to get more out of the book since almost all of the examples are in C#. Although this book does a great job at covering the fundamentals and internals of the CLR, I was surprised by the lack of interop and Framework Class Library coverage. Therefore, I must say that this is one of *three* essential .NET Framework books that you should buy. So if you have this book for CLR coverage, ".NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide" (by Adam Nathan) for COM interop and P/Invoke coverage, and "Developing Applications with Visual Studio .NET" (by Richard Grimes) for FCL and VS.NET coverage, you'll have all the materials necessary to be a .NET expert!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical WebObjects
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Charles Hill, Sacha Mallais
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
needs an introduction

Hill and Mallais wrote this book in order to address what the back cover describes as a dearth of WebObjects documentation. While commendable, the book could have been easily improved. It lacks a short introduction that summarises the book and indeed, explains broadly what WebObjects do. Plus, it might also usefully explain what prerequisites you need.

To someone new to WebObjects, the first chapter offers little guidance to these issues. The material it covers is fine, but it is potentially confusing without that introduction. Indeed, it is only by the second and third chapters that the reader gets some glimmerings of what this is all about.

Granted, the authors are probably writing for those already knowing something of WebObjects. But an introduction can make this explicit. Especially since WebObjects are still a fairly specialised topic. If the authors want to increase its usage, they need to accomodate neophytes. The incremental cost of a few pages of introduction is negligible to address this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Useful for filling in the blanks, but not a summary of COM.

Worth reading--will probably fill some holes in your COM knowledge. Box wants to ground programmers in the theory, but goes too far in his academic approach to the material. Combine this with a more hands-on COM book e.g. David Platt.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise J2ME: Developing Mobile Java Applications
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Michael Juntao Yuan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The coverage of the book

I just feel compelled to respond to Mr. Faria's negative and factually inaccurate comments about the content of the book -- especially the database chapter.

First of all, the book has 4 chapters on mobile databases. There are 65 pages in them. Only 7 pages cover the JDBC introduction and they are focused on the J2ME version of JDBC. The rest 58 pages cover the data access and synchronization strategies and APIs for leading mobile databases. Those APIs are often NOT JDBC-compatible. There are also several example mobile database applications as well as system design suggestions.

Can you find most of the information by searching google and reading product manuals? Yes, you can, if you have a lot of time. The value of the book is to save the reader time.