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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Used the database connection pooling

Great book. I needed an example of database connection pooling for my servlet. I skimmed the book, downloaded the code from website, and had a working program in a day. I hope I can take one of Marty Hall's classes one day, because he sounds like a great teacher.

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
Best intro book on QED

This is the best book for the layman on the difficult subject of quantum mechanics. I've read much more technical works on the subject, but none of them can match Feynman's clear and concise explanations of the fascinating and paradoxical world of quantum mechanics. Feynman had a gift for explaining difficult physics concepts to the non-physicist, and this book is perhaps the best example of his ability to do this. Using primarily spatial concepts, visualizations, and diagrams rather than advanced math, Feynman clearly illustrates and explains many of the fundamental aspects of QED in a way that the non-specialist can grasp. A true classic in the field, and one that hasn't been equalled since in its clear and concise treatment of the subject. All in all, a great book from both a great physicist and great teacher.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simpler is better

I liked this book. I bought a template for my website.. so many of the design features talked about were already made for me. Good. But the accessibility guidelines were great. I added some finishing touches and I've got a pretty darn accessible site with a variety of browsers.
My only failure was when you hit the homepage.. you should know immediately what the site offers.
That I need some revisions at this point.
Book was well worth the read. It might make some pages a bit borning, but you can skip those rules. Once you understand what makes a lot of pages really horrible, you can eliminate that stuff from your site and get moving.
Animated gifs, scorlling marques, flashing text.. huge video files.. simple stuff like that really detracts from your site.
All in all, this book was well worth the read. It went by really quick.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: FrontPage 2000 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Asha Dornfest
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The title serves the book

The book gives sufficient info so that you can get on with using FrontPage. It is quite humorous and the author tries not to keep you bored while reading this. However, I'd suggest another book unless you consider yourself somewhat a dummy. The author thoroughly explains things that are more or less common sense. Some things are very easy to understand so I suggest not reading a whole page reading about them, as a result if you familiar with Windows and have some experience with the Internet, don't waste your time reading this.