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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Bentley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is amazing! Its a true classic on algorithims.
I would place this on my list of the top 5 programming books of all time. A must read for every who calls themselves a "programmer".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Knoppix Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle Rankin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bootable linux

Knoppix is and surely will only ever be a niche product. But what a niche. To some people, there is a compelling fascination with being able to carry around the essence of a computer in a CD. Much less riskier than losing or damaging an entire computer. Plus the fact that a Knoppix version is usually a sturdy, stable linux, can also be appealing.

If this captures your interest, then many of the hacks will be germane. They show some of the possibilities in booting Knoppix up. Like having your Knoppix desktop environment always with you when you work on a computer.

But the book also shows a second allure of Knoppix. Not to the wandering user, but to the sysadmin. Knoppix gives you a bootable linux that can be used to diagnose and [hopefully] repair linux partitions on a disk. These could be mission critical tasks, and it is really nice to be able to do the hacks in the Repair Linux chapter. Most notably recovering deleted files or retrieving files from damaged disks. There are companies that can do the latter. But usually at exorbitant rates. Knoppix is cheaper as a first pass on that problem.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent to what you need to study.

I really like this book--I'm almost all the way through it, and I've got a good sense of what I need to bone up on (more than I thought) and what I'm probably OK on. I got a lot of information from it in not much time. I also have pretty high confidence in the book because it's from the same guys who wrote the exam--Roberts also wrote the other exams, and a study guide for those too. (I used it, liked it, passed the tests.)
The publisher should probably change the description of the book on the site, though. "Start-to-finish coverage of key J2EE platform architectural issues" is misleading. Though nobody should be expecting it to have Everything About Architecture in it, that kind of book couldn't fit through the door.
The book is mostly about the objectives, and what the key judgments you as an architect need to make. I think it does it really well.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Strong method of preparing for OCP Exams

It is this simple: Get this book. Do all of the exercises. Do them again. Then go and pass the exams. That is how straightforward it will be if you work through the exercises this book provides.
An excellent resource.