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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent


The book is fine except:
1. The chapter on semaphore and monitor is nearly impossible to understand. Unless you're a mad scientist, you are better off by skipping this chapter and go to the beach instead.
2. The book is based on theory only. There is no programming involved, which makes it somewhat impractical.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Java Relief


First of all, I have picked up OO from reviewing and updating C++ code before. I had very little formal training on object oriented programming. I was lucky to have lively teachers who had motivated me with real world experiences. Getting that same motivation from a book is always difficult -- this one does it for me. Yes, I was skeptical about all the pictures in the book along with poor reference capability. However after reading halfway thru Head First Java, the explanation of encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism are fantastic.

If you like humor and want to learn Java, but have little experience with object-oriented matter: pick this up. It may not be a good reference for API, but that's what Sun's web document is for.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A kind of boring...


I bought this book to have some knowledge of XML, but his book is so boring....This is my third week and I am in chapter 2, and believe me I am pushing myself to read it. I think I will buy another XML book or just go straight to a XHTML book. I understand that without theory you cannot explain anything, but this is too much...to much theory.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Studio Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Authors: James Avery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book


If you want to master the core aspects of Visual Studio .NET then Visual Studio Hacks should be on your bookshelves.
There are lots of books available for learning C#, Visual Basic .NET, Visual C++ .NET and etc. But the number of books pertaining to Visual Studio .NET is comparatively less. Developers are looking for a tips and tricks book rather than a plain text book. It is at this point of time, O'reilly, a popular publisher of programming books released Visual Studio Hacks. With the help of this book, you can effectively learn the tips and tricks associated with Visual Studio .NET.

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