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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's a hard core

A core is core. Core is NOT meat nor juice. Core is the very basic of the basics. As the core book for learners of the Java Servlets and the Java Server Pages, this book is excellent in its clear style and succinctness of the sample codes. I have enjoyed translating this book into Japanese. The Japanese edition will be out next January. Now I must look for some meat books and juice books which would adequately cover the real-world Web applications and their deployment/management know-hows.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Don't use as your only study aid

While this book was a help in some ways, it does lack some information on items from the certification tests. I used this as my only study aid and found a lot of things not covered. After not passing one of the tests by two questions, I then purchased the A+ Cram Exam, which was great. If you are trying to get the certification purchase both, they fill in the holes for each other. I had no problem with the test at all after that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Deborah S. Ray, Eric J. Ray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Watch out for mistakes

There are a lot of mistakes in this book, some are typo, some are more serious especially in scripts, making it not a good reference. For people who are beyond novice/casual users, I'd not suggest this book. For beginners though, it's well organized and easy to digest.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security in Computing, Third Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This book from the mouth of experts, to the ear of experts.

No effort on the part of the author(s) to explain to the novice person. The book assumes you know what it talks about. No samples that completely illustrate the algorithms. When you wonder what the hell is he talking about or what is he trying to say, and you say OH!, may be this is what he means and you want to look at a sample, NO SAMPLES!!. Lazyness thrives in this book. This book gets a 2. This book is for people with advanced level in crytology. With all the respect to the authors, a good book talks to its audiance, not to itself.