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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent how to design book

This book is an excellent guide for how to design J2EE applications. It is well organized and extremely practical. If you are fortunate enough to be starting from scratch, it will give you a clear roadmap for how to build your app right the first time. If you're not so lucky and have to pick up the pieces of an existing app, the refactoring suggestions give excellent direction on how to get your app from where it is to where it should be. So, whatever your situation, this book will help!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for the more DNS savvy geeks

I would say this is one of the very best DNS and BIND books out there although it is by no means for a DNS beginner. It covers alot of the general aspects of BIND but you definitely need a pretty good understanding of how the domain name system works. It is straight and to the point but does lack in some areas as far as errors that you run across and practical solutions that you often run into running a dns server.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to e-Commerce, 2/e, with e-Commerce PowerWeb
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey F. Rayport, Bernard J. Jaworski, Jeffrey Rayport, Bernard Jaworski, Breakaway Solutions Inc.
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Dazed & Confused

This text was required reading in an Internet marketing class I took. As an about-to-graduate business major, I felt the book often strayed off it's subject matter (e-commerce) and too often went into excrutiating detail about how businesses operate. Although I did not read every chapter, the sections I did read were repetitive and confusing to follow. For example, the concept of "catalog content management" is defined and discussed at least three times in one chapter. To say this book is thorough is an understatement. There are many sections that could have been deleted with no loss of meaning to the subject matter. The book is probably OK for beginning business majors who have yet to take lots of business classes. However, for those who are more familiar with business, you will probably find yourself skimming over this text looking for the information you want. If you're looking for a general overview of e-commerce, this is not the book for you. If you want more detail than you thought existed . . . well, I'm selling my copy in the used book section of this site :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The answer to PC commoditization

I have a masters degree in electronics design but I am approaching this book from consumer point of view:

If you've been in BestBuy or CompUSA lately, you know that the desktop offered are with almost perfect configuration, almost perfect price, but never exactly perfect. Of course, it is impossible for the big PC makers, even for Dell, to create a PC which would fit your exact specifications. Cost consideration, economies of scale, and so on, drive business decisions at the big computer makers. Where does this leave you? Either wanting to put together a desktop on your own, or buying one of those middle-of-the-road machines.

I have done both -- I have a standard Compaq desktop at BestBuy, a superb Toshiba laptop at CompUSA, and have had my own dual-hard-drive desktop built for the purposes of home video making. Had I had this book at the time, I would not have ordered by video editing PC at the computer shop down the street -- I would have made it myself, using the best components I need, no doubt for much better price.

This book, "Building The Perfect PC", is just that -- a step by step guide on building the desktop configuration (even the authors do not recommend attempting to build your own laptop) which would exactly meet your requirements today (and not tomorrow) without breaking your budget.

The book starts with a thorough explanation of the Fundamentals of PC making and getting to know your motherboard. Then it follows with instructions on choosing and buying the PC components.

Once the basics of PC building are established, the book branches into chapters dedicated to different configurations:
- a mainstream PC
- a small office / home office server
- a local-area-network hub PC
- a home theatre PC
- a small form factor PC

For each configuration, the chapters start with definition of the functional requirements, discussion of the hardware design criteria, components considerations, and instructions on building the computer system.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has interest in building a computer on his/her own. The book gives you the knowledge to make the right decision in component selection, hardware design and putting the whole system together. Another winner for O'Reilly!