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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Oracle9i DBA Fundamentals I Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Biju Thomas, Bob Bryla
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A pretty decent book...


I passed the test with 51 right out of 60. This book definitely helped clear up some concepts I had been hazy on in the past, like the relationships between segments and extents. I might even keep it around as a reference just because it's got enough condensed info on a wide range of topics that it might prove useful at some point when I need to create a profile or a partitioned index.
If you have the extra dough, spring for the practice tests at selftestsoftware.com. Some of those questions showed up almost word for word on the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
nice c++ book for experienced programmers


I'm fairly new to C++ programming and have spent a great deal of time in both formal training and working on my own. I found Essential C++ to be concise, direct and to-the-point. It's use of examples and excercises (with the answers included) proved invaluable. It's a great learning tool and an invaluable book to keep close by as a reference.



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
Solid Book, good tutorial for the exam


Best web programming book i've ever bought. Simple, concise and explains everything important that you should know to use Servlet and JSP in a production environment. I also passed the Sun Certified Web Components Developer exam last week just using this book and reading the Sun's specs.
Can't wait for the new version covering Servlets 2.3 and JSP 1.2.
Thank you Marty, keep up the good work.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Programming on Win32
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Hammond, Andy Robinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not a bad book


As I say in the title this is not a bad book. It's just not what I expected. The title is a bit of a misnomer, perhaps it should have been called "COM programming with Python". I had hoped to find some useful stuff on how to write GUI applications for Win32 but that topic was just slightly more than 40 pages in a book with over 600 pages. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone running Python on a Win32 platform.