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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great book for developing JAVA servlets

I have read this book while developing a web-based tool using JAVA servlets. This book explains everything needed to develop servlets including database access and connection pooling. The contents of the book show the author's command over the language and servlets. There are several useful examples with source code, which can be used to develop a tool or application. A must have a book for every JAVA programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tomcat: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Brittain, Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
rushed and shallow

This book is a great, concise guide to setting up and administering Tomcat. No assumptions are made that you have years of Java or system administration experience. The book directly tackles ninety-eight percent of the questions that the average Tomcat administrator is going to have without having to sift through thousands of pages of worthless fluff. I was able to sit down and read the book over a single weekend.
As concise and straightforward as the book is, it still takes on the more complex topics like Building Tomcat from Source, Tomcat Security, and Tomcat Clustering. But I imagine that, like me, you will end up permanently creasing the book binding on Chapter 7: Configuration Files and Their Elements. Especially if you actually end up setting up and running Tomcat.
In typical O'REILLY style the book is well organized and well written. It is not one of those technical books that require reading the same sentence three times just to understand its content. Instead the authors have an easy to read style that gracefully flows from topic to topic.
Thanks to the authors Jason Brittain and Ian F. Darwin and of course to O'REILLY for another worthy edition to my reference library.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Shame On You Dan!

With books such as "Dan's Developing Com/Activex Components With Visual Basic 6" and "Dan Appleman's Visual Basic Programmer's Guide to Win32 Api", which I already, I purchased this book on his reputation and now I feel a bit shorted. I have questions to if he even wrote the book or if he simply rubber stampped.
To the defense of the book it was written on Beta 2 and hopefully they will tighten it up. But for those of you who are looking to get knowledge on .NET goto the source. Microsoft has much more detail and examples. Additionally they provide this at no cost.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book clear explanations exmaples could be improved

Just passed this exam today with a score of 83%

The explanations are clearer in this book compared to the orange Rasmussen Mughal book. However the tutorial questions in the
orange book which 'force' you to code and apply what you
have learnt are excellent. The examples in the orange book
can be compiled and run from the CD - this is also not available
in the Sierra book.

If these improvements were made this book would be head and
shoulders ahead but at the moment haveing both books is the
way to go ....

Good luck ....