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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First EJB (Brain-Friendly Study Guides)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Engrossing Adventure in the Land of EJBs

Head First EJB is nothing short of phenomenal in a sea of mostly dry, uninspired, exposÚs of this very-involved subject matter.
I teach all levels of Java including EJBs and advanced J2EE in a variety of advanced undergraduate software development courses to students at Purdue University. It is particularly challenging to motivate students to study and learn the intricacies of J2EE Architecture and Software Design, and its eventual deployment onto real-world Application Servers.
Head First EJB stands alone in its treatment and presentation of advanced EJB concepts. This book rocks! I have always said that a bad teacher can take the most inherently interesting material and make it boring, but a great teacher can take the most inherently boring material and make it exciting.
I have added this book as one of the required texts for future offerings of my advanced undergraduate "Enterprise Application Development" course.
I congratulate the authors on this marvelous, highly-readable and enjoyable body of work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jason Price, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the only C# book worth buying

I bought this book and some of the MS, Wrox and O'Reilly books on C#. This one is the only one worth buying, and I read all the other ones bought. This book really stands out above the rest because it covers the C# language as well as ADO.NET and ASP.NET, along with web services.
I really liked the no nonsense approach taken by the authors, and the coverage of advanced C# and .NET programming like threads, remoting and security. The book even introduces you to using and programming with SQL Server!
The other C# I own stay at home on the bookshelf. Like I said at the start of this review, this is the only book I _actually_ use at my job.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Book for GUI developers

This book was a huge disappointment. It seems that Mr. Petzold thinks that GUI is all that Windows programmer should know about. Well, surely this is all you will learn from this book - almost 1300 pages on how to draw shapes and display various kinds of buttons.

On the other hand, people who really code GUIs for living might find this book very interesting as it contains a LOT of information on this topic.

I give it 3 stars for being comprehensive on one topic (GUI?). Took two away for the misleading title.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Game Programmers (Game Development Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Noel Llopis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book for learning C++ tips and tricks

A 'best practices for C++' type of book using small snippets of code to illustrate the points. There is a lot here that can be applied to any type of C++ development. Makes a good addition to your Effective C++ and Design Patterns(GOF) books. You do own those, right?