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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book!!!!

This book is one of the best investments I have ever made. As an intermediate Flash user, I was able to entirely comprehend ActionScript enough to where I was writing my own scripts within hours. I have been through several Flash MX books and I found out that the best one could come from no more than the people who created Flash themselves.
There are so many books that I read in which the first three or four pages are understandable and give you the impression that you are on your way to understanding Actionscript, however, after the first chapter, it starts reading things that you dont understand with no explanation, making one wonder if he/she missed something along the way, when really the book simply didnt explain it. This book doesnt leave you guessing with anything and I noticed that many doubts I had while reading something were cleared up in their comprehensive tips and notes. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in writing your own scripts in ActionScript.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book -- almost a great book

I just took the CISSP exam after 3 weeks of study. My main source was the Advanced CISSP Prep Guide by Krutz and Vines, with about 4 or 5 days spent on Harris's All-in-One Exam Guide. Harris's exam guide is full of [bad]jokes, [bad] clip-art, and [bad] quotes... but it's still the better study guide. Harris sticks with the information you need to know to pass, and she does a great job of explaining the concepts. She includes a lot of information that Krutz & Vines left out, information that showed up on my actual test. Krutz & Vines, on the other hand, pack their book with information I did not need to know, meaning I spent hours studying superfluous information.The All-in-One Exam Guide does not contain everything you need to know for the test, though. I haven't seen any study guide that does. Be sure to consult a variety of study materials.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Javascript is just an Object-Based Language?

This is a good book. But I didn't like the author's statement that Javascript is (just) an Object-Based language. This maybe true - there are no full blown classes in JS. But I didn't like that he is obviously trying to overemphasize this fact. To support his view on not-OO nature of JS he only starts discussing keyword 'this' on page 473 and generally avoids discusion of OOP techniques for Javascript. And, yes, contrary to what the authors states it's possible to define your own objects (though without classes) in Javascript. I always thought that JS was very close to the definition of OOP language though it lacks inheritance, polymorphism etc. (It is not full blown OO language like C++ or Java of course). But on p.747 we read the following: "...Javascript does not really have the language features to achieve this(OOP), and is simply an object-based language. By this I mean that it can use objects, but we can't use it to define our own class of objects". This contradicts with "Javascript Objects" by Alexander Nakhimovsky and Tom Myers. On p.4 in the paragraph "Why do OOP in Javascript" we read - "...As we've just said, one CAN do OOP in Javascript" and "Javascript is well designed for Object-Oriented Programming". I can understand of course the wish of the author to make things simpler for the beginners but I wouldn't call this language Object-Based. Too offensive. JS was designed with OOP in mind but OO model is just very much simplified here.
Whether Javascript is OO or not OO language is maybe not that important. That's not my point. It is what it is. Perhaps it somewhere in between OO and structured languages but what bothers me that Paul Wilton didn't show to the end what great language Javascript is. From my point of view at least 2 additional chapters are needed to be added which would clarify how you CAN do OOP in Javascript and how you can define your own reusable objects in JS. On the positive note, Paul Wilton is obviously a very talented writer and his writing style and explanations are excellent. Good book for the beginners. Though, I'm repeating, this book is not going to give you a full impression about Javascript. I certainly would recommend to read everybody Hour 11 from "Teach yourself Javascript in 24 hours" (not a bad book at all, by the way!)or if you are brave enough "Javascript Objects" mentioned above. The OOP part was at least partially missing from this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very solid book on struts

Yes, it is not a good book for beginners. However, it is one of the best struts book for experienced java developers who are interested in struts. Why is struts the king of all MVC frameworks? A good technology is supposed to take some time to learn. Do not expect to understand everything from the first reading. If you don't know anything about MVC, don't touch this book. Go find some simple tutorials on the web. Once you get your feet wet, come back for the gems inside this book. I have quite a few struts book. This one is the only one that I use all the time. I read this book cover to cover three times and then started to get the hang of it. Once your get the hang of it, you will feel that this book packs quite a punch. I am very happy with this book.