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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Difficult to understand

I know enough about jsp's and servlets to get them working, i feel that should be enough to start learning struts. This book's chapter's 1 and 2 focus on the benefits of using a MVC design and even though i KNOW what it is, this book explained it in a way that was extremely difficult to understand. They put so much market speak and irrelevant points in the first 2 chapters i was forced to skip them because I wasn't getting anything out of them.

After that I got a little use out of this book. It does explain about the flow of control in a struts application. But I still feel like they could have done a much better job at explaining that.

And the part that annoys me the most is the tag library section. They intentionally skip the majority of the tags struts provides. It doesn't even explain how to use the <html:link tag! Is this a struts book or not? Sheesh...

I must give it 2 stars instead of 1 because I'll admit i do know struts better after reading this book. But I still don't know it well enough to set up my own struts application without helping the expert next door in my office ><

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive, brilliant, witty, insightful...

This is a wonderfully insightful book. I learned more in the first chapter than I've learned in the entirety of other SQL books. For example, I learned that row positioning problems (e.g., computing a median) don't require a cursor. This one insight alone opened a whole new way of coding SQL for me. I learned how transactions *really* work - something no other book gave me. I carry this book to and from the office with me - that should tell you how much I value it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: World of Warcraft(R) Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Michael Lummis, Danielle Vanderlip
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Strategy Guide!

I personally love the game World of Warcraft, and I would suggest it to anyone who enjoys RPGs and online interactivity with people. But, we all understand that games like this require a lot of time to learn, and you will always learn new things as you progress through the game. This book helps you understand the game itself in quicker, more conceptual manner.

First of all, the book will tell you important statistics, such as starting class types, future spells, etc. The information gathered in the book will let you know what you should be working for, and what you are working for. It also helps you decide what you truly wish to be by presenting everything there is to know about everything within the game, such as classes, professions, etc.

It will also help you get started. The book shows you what to do in the start of each city area, depending on your class. It's really hard to know what you are doing, and I personally know this, when you start and don't even know how the game works, but with this book, you will remove most of the confusion. It will explain how to do things that even some experts don't know without reading it!

Overall, I rate this as a five star strategy guide. There is more than enough information within the book, and nobody can cover all of the information without reading the book to you. You will enjoy looking over the strategy guide, and you will enjoy the knowledge that most people lack in World of Warcraft.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JUnit Recipes : Practical Methods for Programmer Testing
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: J. B. Rainsberger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Untimate for Testing Java Code

There are several ways to test software. Perhaps the easiest on the tester is to simply ship it and let the customers find the bugs. It has been argued that this is the standard practice in the case of certain operating systems, but of course that isn't true.

JUnit -- the unit testing framework for Java -- is simple to use, but some code can be tricky to test. When you're facing this kind of challenge, this book is a good place to start looking for help. It has some one hundred and thirty-seven tested solutions to a wide range of testing problems.

Along with these recipes, there is some valuable discussion on how testing saves time - just in case your boss needs convincing, there are some recipes for servlets, JSP's, EJBs, database code and much more.

This is one of those books that you'll keep down off the book shelves on a corner of your desk so that you can reach it easily.