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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

I just opened this book and am already solving some of the problems I have been pulling my hair out over the last few weeks in just a few hours... This author is a savior. Kudos to John Kauffman!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Big Java
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for College Course

I'm a Java instructor at a state university, and I recently received a copy of this book. I think it addresses the needs of a classroom far better than many of the other Java books I've seen so far. We used Core Java for a while, but it lacked the pacing, visual aids, and examples that were needed for our students. I think it will be perfect for our 2nd-semester students who have had a semester of C++ and now need to explore inheritance, polymorphism, and recursion. I particularly like the fact that Big Java introduces container classes and elementary data structures, providing a smooth path from this level into a full-blown data structures course in the following semester. Another plus: Horstmann introduces graphics at a very early point in the book, making this topic easily accessible and providing motivation for the students to explore graphical programming at a deeper level later on in the course.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: STL Tutorial and Reference Guide: C++ Programming with the Standard Template Library (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David R. Musser, Gillmer J. Derge, Atul Saini
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not the best

This was one of the earlier STL books, and even with its Second Edition, it hasn't caught up much. On its own, it would deserve 3 or 4 stars, but it's expensive and there are better ones out there for your money. I think even the publisher must agree, as this book's #1 competator is also an Addison Wesley book, _The C++ Standard Library : A Tutorial and Reference_.
The real problem is that this book only does the STL, not the other parts of the standard library like strings and iostreams. The typical C++ programmer looking to become more modern is going to want to know all the new stuff, not just this little slice of it. If you're already familiar with the standard library and want a book on only STL, you can consider this a 4-star rating. The book is okay for what it does, but I don't see why anyone would want it, as you're going to have to buy a second book if you get this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must-read for experienced Java programmer

The technical reviews and ratings since this book has been out are immense. William Crawford does an excelent job for his first book and will undoubtably make a dazzling second performance in his upcoming "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell a Desktop Quick Reference" along with Jim Farley and Kris Magnusson.