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Building Java Enterprise Systems with J2EE
Building Java Enterprise Systems with J2EE
by Paul J. Perrone
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 1.22

1.0 out of 5 stars Total Trash, Feb. 13 2004
Total trash. This is one of those books where the publisher has packed in as many pages as possible to make it seem impressive. It is completely unreadable and not even useful as a reference book.

Java 2: SDK 1.4 Edition
Java 2: SDK 1.4 Edition
by Ivor Horton
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 10.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Encompassing Book, Feb. 13 2004
I have a previous edition of this book and thought it was a very good guide to learning Java. Is it great? No, but it seems to be the best all encompassing book to learn the fundamentals of the Java libraries. It's one of the best books to teach a Java class with.

Java Message Service
Java Message Service
by David A Chappell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 39.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book on JMS, Feb. 13 2004
This review is from: Java Message Service (Paperback)
If you're looking to learn JMS, then this is a decently good book to get you started. One of the best things about it is that it's not very thick and it gets to the point pretty quickly.

Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide
Practical Java¿ Programming Language Guide
by Peter Haggar
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.56
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, Feb. 13 2004
This is the only Java book that I give 5 stars. Any technical leader who has not read this book likely has dangerous gaps in his/her Java knowledge, particularly in regard to threads in Java. The book is divided into 68 Praxis, following the trend started by Scott Meyers with this definitive Effective C++. From what I've heard, Joshua Bloch's Effective Java would also rate at 4-5 highlighters.

Philip & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing
Philip & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing
by Philip Greenspun
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 65.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Feb. 13 2004
Philip Greenspun is the creator of photo.net and a very entertaining author as well. This a great book for beginners to get an overview of web publishing, online communities, and databases. Some of the specifics of the book are a little dated but the concepts are not. I often refer back to this book for ideas and inspiration. The online version of this book is free, but the print edition has great glossy pages and is packed with gratuitous, full-color pictures from Philip's image library.

ADO and ADO.NET Programming
ADO and ADO.NET Programming
by Mike Gunderloy
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ADO.NET Learning Book and Reference, Feb. 12 2004
This is a very odd book in that eight of the chapters in this book cover ADO and nine cover .NET and ADO.NET (not including some extra chapters covering specific DB providers). You likely don't have much need for the ADO chapters, but the ADO.NET coverage is very good. The author gets to the point and has excellent step-by-step examples for both Windows Forms and ASP.NET. The later chapters give the best coverage I've seen for working with XML, reading XML from databases, synchronizing XML with datasets, etc. After reading it I still often refer back to this book as a reference.

MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET with CDROM
MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET with CDROM
by Matthew A. Stoecker
Edition: Paperback
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Typical of Certification Books, Feb. 12 2004
This is a very decent overview of Windows-based programming in .NET. It's dry and boring in the typical certification-book style. The real question is, "Is it a great book for passing the certification exams?" I'll let you know after I take the tests myself.
On that note, one of my major criticisms of this book is the practice exam on the included CD. It does a poor job of covering the specific skills that are measured on the Windows-based certification exams, and, worst of all, only tells you your total score. The practice test doesn't tell you which specific questions you missed, nor does it give you an explanation of the correct answer. Totally useless.

MCDBA SQL Server 2000 All-in-One Exam Guide (Book/CD Set)
MCDBA SQL Server 2000 All-in-One Exam Guide (Book/CD Set)
by David Perkovich
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 0 Stars, Feb. 12 2004
I thought this was an OK book until I took the SQL Server 2000 certification exams. Total trash! Luckily, I had also studied Rob Vieira's book, Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming. Stay away!

Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming Second Edition
Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming Second Edition
by Joe Celko
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from CDN$ 3.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Be a SQL God, Feb. 12 2004
If you need to sling some really nasty SQL which you probably shouldn't be writing in the first place, then this book is for you. Celko is the man. As a cover-to-cover read, you will pick up on a lot of new SQL techniques, but in general, this is a "I know where to look when I need to know that book." If you know the basics of SQL and want to start your SQL Master training, then start here. Just keep it close by when you need to remember how Celko was able to get "that" to work.

Mr. Bunny's Big Cup o' Java¿
Mr. Bunny's Big Cup o' Java¿
by Carlton Egremont III
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold, Feb. 12 2004
Beyond words. This is one of the greatest texts ever written.

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