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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I have vowed not to buy another WROX book that has more than 3 authors. This is an amazing book written by a single author. He is tackling a hard subject to write about,as XML, XSL, and XSLT is such a new thing there were few resources when this was written.
He covers the different parsers is great detail, although this is done in the appendice, so be sure and read the section on the parser you will be using. I haven't read through the whole thing, but so far everything in the book has been correct, thorough, and well-written.
He shows how to place a great deal of programming logic in XSLT which is important, because no matter what is spitting out the XML it is handy to be able to do perform standard programming logic such as loops and if/then statements.
I hope authors of other programming books will read this one and become inspired.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Muck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book about a complex subject

I have to take issue with the 1 star review. The reviewer obviously had some hidden agenda, with statements like "Virtually anything that could be done with Remoting could be done without it" and "unless you're a hard core Flash nut bent on Macromedia domination front end and back this book is awful". If the reviewer had done his homework he would have seen that Flash Remoting is not only the fastest way to move data into a Flash movie (remoting packet sizes are much smaller than typical methods such as XML or web services), but it is also the most efficient use of the end-user's computing power. A Flash movie that uses components (such as a rich internet application) will bog down if you try to parse data and populate components. Using any other method of passing data to Flash (LoadVars, XML, Web services) the data has to be parsed. Using Flash Remoting, you don't have to parse the data -- it is ready to use. The book clearly explains the advantages and also explains how the results were obtained. The other reviewer obviously didn't read the book. The examples were clear and easy to read, and the text explained complex concepts much more clearly than any of the Flash Remoting documentation. This book gets 5 stars and sits on my desk next to ActionScript: The Definitive Guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

To the person who reviewed this book so negatively and did not leave his email address (it just said "A Reader from USA), Let's just call him/her - LOIQ. Please don't believe LOIQ. This is just an excellent book. I've been programming for 10 years and this book is excellent especially for absolute beginners. Again, GREAT BOOK!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
"The Mostly Complete Reference"

All serious 8i DBA's should have this book on his/her desk, but just don't expect to find everything in it. It is like a soup-bowl: wide, but rather shallow. It contains lots of good syntax and a brief description and explanation of Oracle topics and I refer to it often. But I still have to refer to the more narrowly-focused Oracle books to obtain in-depth detail. This is not a substitute for the other Oracle Press books, just a great addition.