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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A standard

Before I bought this book: I knew about html basic elements such as head, body, p, and a few more. I had to use tools to create web pages and I never knew how it really works, and I didn't use any advanced elements. Now I can do web pages much better, use CSS and many other cool things.This book is so well organized it has good approach, from easy elements to harder elements. It covers very interesting topics starting with text elements (for beginning), frames, css, java introduction, java programming, basic 2d & 3d graphics, mouse and keyb. events, layout managers, awt components, swing, threads, network programming (excellent one), and finally server side stuff (java server pages, servlets,jdbc...).
My wish would be to remove java programming sections, since java programming is too big and to complex to show it in 2 or 3 sections, also there are plenty java programming books around. However this is just my opinion.
*All* of the examples are SHORT and INDEPENDENT: you don't have to read all chapters in a row to be able to understand the example. Each topic has it's own nice and small example which exactly points out the essential things. I really hate reading a book from beginning to the end, therefore I hate when whole book is based on one example which grows as you go further - THIS BOOK IS NOT LIKE THAT, althow more examples would be even better.
Finally, this is one of the best books I own, the only negative mark is that java programming should be removed, as well as awt, and instead more java script should be present, however this problem is easy to overcome by buying one of numerous java script books (recomended: JavaScript Bible by Danny Goodman).
Sorry for typos, good luck to all, bye !

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for the money

I picked up this book as a reference. I have found a lot of what I was looking for. Examples were written clearly and in details. One thing, however, this book did not get into was pushing errors to the web browser that originated from a VB COM object. Over all, it's well written book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best jump-starts to Oracle PL/SQL

This book is one of the jump-starts into Oracle PL/SQL and covers all basic functionalities and a little bit of intermediary-advance features. Also, simplify the difficulties of Oracle PL/SQL advance features. Using this book alone, even a beginner can create a full function PL/SQL program. However, for advance programmers, this book offers little to no benefits. Well, this is match with its content. This is one of the must have, for every PL/SQL programmers specially the beginners.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Essential System Administration

The main reason I picked up this book was because of the small price tag. Everything is explained fairly well, and it is perfect for beginners in the genre. My only gripe is that some sections seem to be unfairly balanced in content (and yes I do know it is a "nutshell"). Anyway, if you are a beginner at UNIX and have (the money) to spare, this is the book for you!