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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Spring in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Craig Walls, Ryan Breidenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good introductory book for Spring


This book use step-by-step easy method. Detailed reviews are continued about AOP, Business, Web after that.
Specially author use only spring-web module while talking about web application. This method make readers focus on spring framework so well understood.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Straight to the point analysis of software development


Steve McConnell is very well researched in his viewpoints on software development. This book educates those who may have missed out on a formal education of the software development process. Many good non-language specific tips on how to improve the quality of your software. Helps the reader to think about software more than just the code that goes into it. Buy three copies -- one for yourself and two for your buddies sitting next to you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux for Non-Geeks
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Rickford Grant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cool Fedora


A very up to date book for 2004/5. Grant deals with what would have been Red Hat Linux 10. There is officially no such thing, because in 2003, Red Hat announced that it was concentrating on its corporate products, where it would actually make some money. In retrospect, all us users who had downloaded the earlier free versions of Red Hat had been lucky for years. So independently of Red Hat, volunteers made what is now called the Fedora Core. (Fedora as in 'hat'.) This book comes with 2 CDs for it.
Having used Red Hat Linux 9 and now the Fedora Core, I have to agree with Grant. There are many changes, but clearly evolutionary. Anyone who has used KDE will be comfortable here. The UI has gotten smoother. Even easier to use. And the functionality has increased; evermore RPM packages.
Grant pitches this book towards nontechnical users; he assumes no prior acquaintance with linux. But you know what? Even current linux users may want to check out his writings, looking for new material in Fedora. Certainly, some of you will refrain on principle. You'd rather learn it from the UI. Which is fine for power users. But others may be more pragmatic and consult this book.
One slight caveat is that perhaps in a future edition, he could also discuss running linux on the AMD 64 bit Opteron. There is already a version of Fedora for this. And the chip is far cheaper than Intel's 64 bit offering.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Maya 6: 3D for Beginners
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Dariush Derakhshani
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book but not for Mac Users


I purchased this book to learn Maya. I am a Mac user and expected to have shortcuts and hot keys listed for both Mac and Window$ OS ... well, not in this book. The whole book is written for WIN users. The author mentions some little things here and there for Mac OS but that's about it. So if you are a Mac user get ready to figure out the hot keys on your own since there will be no Insert key to activate the pivot point on a mac keyboard and etc... very sad since maya is a cross platform application.