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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you buy only one OO book, make it this one.


If you've ever designed an OO system and fell into the same traps and gotcha's, this book will save you. The 23 design patterns detail solutions (and caveats) to some of the most common computing problems. And you'll never be without a buzzword or phrase to stymie the newbie OO developer



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Wireless Networking
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Todd W. Carter, Paul Whitehead
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Incomplete and TOO visual!


Maybe a "Visual" format is really too much here. Do we really need to see a picture of a computer with folders flying out of it? The screen shots were great, but there were far too many pointless pictures. This book also did not even mention channels! C'mon...thats a pretty important concept I wanted to know more about. the book also failed to mention wireless bridging hardware or even considerations when setting up a network with several possibly overlapping access points. Too basic of a book, probably only suited for the home networker.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
If you're broke and you want to learn Java, this is the book


Yes, you can learn the basics of Java from this book. Yes, you can easily understand the explaination of Java coding in this book. However, the lack of good examples and coding details in this book WILL NOT enable you to start doing your own programming in Java after reading this book. Worse, there are examples that don't compile successfully. If you want to learn Java programming seriously with determination to UNDERSTAND && KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM, please get Eckel's Thinking in Java &&/|| Savitch's Java: Intro to OO Programming. I've read Savitch's book, and it's great. I was the only one in my training class who has the book, and my understanding of Java is much proficient than my peers. I bought Eckel's because it covers some Advanced Java topics in it. Many readers recommended Eckel's book to me!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Resource


This is one fantastic book for those of you who work with MySQL or administer systems using it. It's not for those who really don't know any SQL whatsoever (you should look elsewhere if you want to learn SQL per se), but more for those people who already know the syntax and just need a reference on administering MySQL.
It's been a great help to me. I highly recommend it....