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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It is a for experienced objected oriented programmer


Thinking and Java might seem contradictory because so many people who are too lazy to read books or learn C++ etc., flourish in Java. But this book applies thinking to understanding Java and shows that there is some logic to it. So, Bruce Eckel tells us why something is how and how it could be otherwise. And he gets away without any of the 90% filling windows images, which make up other "modern" computer books. Bruce Eckel actually thinks!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Intro to OOA/D using UML, Patterns, Agile UP, and Java!


Craig Larman's writing style is extremely friendly. It might appear initially - as it did to me - that the book is repetitive. But, as I persevered I realized that the book quite justifiably reiterates those fundamental concepts that bear repetition because they desperately need to be driven home.
This painstakingly well-produced book is an absolute pleasure to read as it introduces a veritable barrage of concepts at an ever-so-gentle pace suitable for an introduction.
Once you've been introduced to domain models, use-case models, assigning responsibilities, design models, implementation models, patterns, and UP all using the industry standard UML and Java code, you're truly ready to tackle those advanced books (like Design Patterns by Gamma et al) that we all want to read but cannot really appreciate without a proper grounding in the fundamentals.
Larman has taken great pains to keep this book on the cutting edge of technology. He continually refers to the latest advances in all the related technology areas. He also lists the most appropriate references to the best books and research papers in the respective fields.
As a practitioner with 12 years of experience developing and architecting software systems, I unhesitatingly give this book my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!



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Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
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Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful information at the right price. No regrets. Ezy dwnld


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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book of all !


I must say that I really enjoy Bruce's style, but I'm not sure I totally agree with the other suggestions. Bruce leaves out some critical detail in places where it counts. For instance: if I were an intro-level programmer, and I was wondering how to write, compile, and run my first program, here is how Bruce suggests I go about it: "Compile the program with javac and run it using java" Wow...just a minute, how,what,when and where? Although he goes into a lot of detail on some things, I was left pondering many others. I would say this is a great book on the whole, but NOT for a beginner. Bruce uses examples for showing the upper and lower limits of variable sizes with hex notation...if you don't understand how hex works, your not going to understand it in this book. If I could recommend any changes to the book, I would suggest a little more time on the basics and less focus on abstraction.