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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the only book for your getting the certification

This is exactly the book I was searching for, a book that not only makes you able to pass the certification, but teaches you the Java language. I agree with all the other five-stars review; I may add just that the authors have taught Java before writing this book, and so they know how to effectively communicate their ideas to a technical audience, how to be precise without being unnecessary detailed, and so on ... and that alone explains why this book is so good.The exercises themselves are excellent. They are written with the purpose of being thought-provoking (again, a by-product of the authors experience as teachers), which made me remember very well all the intricacies of the Java language (which is not a "simple" language, contrary to public opinion).The end result ? I now consistently score 90% or more on all the mock exams I've tried ... but, much more importantly, I feel very confident with the language, and I read and write it as if it were plain italian (ooops, english)! I can't ask for more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2003 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin, Jennifer Reardon
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Content but a lot of fluf

For the most part this book is very through on teaching you Access, however there is a lot of fluf in some of the instructions it walks you through. For example, everytime it walks you through steps on going to the properties screen of any object it will tell you step by step how to right click, how to scroll down to the properties and then left click on 'properties'. Anyone who needs this level of detail should probably be reading a 'Windows for dummies' book instead.

The actual content of the book has so far been fairly thorough as far as understanding Access. The information regarding database design is more or less satisfactory for getting you started working with access, but for a complete understanding of databases in general it leaves a bit to be desired.

For the Access content of the book I give it a 4/5 but looking at the book as a whole i have to take a whole point away because of the volumes of fluf i have to sift through to get to the meat and potatoes.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

The "Advanced CORBA Programming with C++" is a good book. It covers in-depth the memory management, CORBA, as well the potential reasons for possible crashes. In the software development process, software architects, software designer and software developers should read this book. The only leak I found is the chapter about multithreading. It would be nice if in the next edition, the authors will cover in-depth also this subject. Thanks for this book. Romain Cloos; MSc Computer Science; Société Européenne des Satellites

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Loved this book.. Did wonders for my website

I usually don't write reviews on books but I believe this book needed it. It was just what I was looking for which was a book that was not complicated and was straight to the point. This is what this book offers. It starts out with the basics on how to change your website to make is search engine friendly and then it moves on step by step until you have a website that not only has content but even gets search engine traffic. So if your looking for a book that could be used for the beginner and even the advanced webmaster you have found it. Great book 5 stars.

Kenneth Elliott