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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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
book for the exam, this is (as Yoda says)


I'm an experienced Java programmer. I passed the SCJP(310-035) with 98% (answered 60/61) recently. This is *THE* book. Everything is very well explained, gets you hooked on like a novel. The mock exams were very similar to the real one I faced. I recommend this book to any experienced Java programmer planning to take up the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Securing Web Services with WS-Security : Demystifying WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, XML Signature, and XML Encryption
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jothy Rosenberg, David Remy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excactly what we need given the state of the standards


This book hits the nail on the head. There are a ton of prospective Web Service and security standards floating around. These authors focus on just the ones that matter. XACML, WS-TrustedConversation, etc. etc. may have an impact later on. But today, it is WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, XML Signature, and XML Encryption that are the ones that count.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Adrienne Tannenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Metadata Solutions: Practical Knowledge at Last


This book is probably the only one that handles the metadata process from start to finish.It begins by describing what we all did wrong (and I was one of them!) and then takes us through a corrective process. Requirements gathering metamodeling, architecture, how to decide which way to implement, organizational support set-up, and even how to maintain the solution. The thing that amazed me the most about this book was the fact that actual examples are shown, including real code. If you are interested in metadata, or if you actually have to deal with it, I strongly recommend this book. It is the best on the market!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book hit a chord with me.


This book is a very painful read for anyone with a logical mind who has had previous contact with other humans.
You are told how to interview: "On the other hand, if this reply does not completely answer the question, continue with the appropriate line of questioning until the participant clearly identifies the purpose and use of the sample." Which I read as, "if you don't get a useful answer, rephrase the question"!
As for advice in choosing names for database fields? "Do not choose words that could confuse the meaning of the field name". Come on!
Advice to the reader, which has a section devoted to it in the introduction and is reiterated as a reminder later in the book,: "Focus on the concept or technique and its intended results, not on the example used to illustrate it."
Simple concepts, like the difference between a one-to-many relationship vs. a many-to-many relationship, are overexplained.
The reader's overriding thought during the first half of the book is "Where's the beef?".
I felt I had to offset the many 9s and 10s given to this book. In my opinion, anyone with even a limited programming background will be extremely disappointed in this book.