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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Better, Faster, Lighter Java
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bruce A. Tate, Justin Gehtland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Proof that lighter/faster/simpler IS better

I was a big fan of Bruce Tate's "Bitter Java", where he described some of the big bad problems of servlet/JSP development--the magic servlet, the monolithic JSP, etc. They were lessons I learned the hard way on the job, from having to maintain and extend code that fit right into those categories. Here, Bruce and his co-author Justit fight a different dragon--that of bloat and overcomplexity in Java application development environments. They explain why it happens, sort of acceding to its inevitability, but at the same time shows what we can do about it. Without advocating specific frameworks or techniques, they demonstrate how one can build solutions that don't depend on bloat and overcomplexity. In a world where everyone developing new APIs and frameworks is *claiming* that they don't want to become "the next EJB", unfortunately there are already too many "next EJBs" already out there and more seem to come every day. Bruce and Justin do justice to the notion that the best solution often is the simplest, and lead the pack in the movement to "take back Java" from the tendency towards "flexibility through complexity".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good reference and easy to read book.

I am new to SQL and bought this book because of the "10 minutes" fast learning part. It does deliver what it promises. It is easy to read with very good hands-on examples. I downloaded the examples from the authors website and is using MS Query to test the examples. If you want to learn the basics of SQL and start being productive in no time, this is a great book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pointers on C
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Kenneth Reek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Author Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Pointers On C assumes you have a basic understandig of C. If you know a little C, then I very extremely highly recommend this book. It explains the material thoroughly. There are no confusing run-on sentences. Pointers On C is so well written that you never have to read anything over again. And it is really easy to understand. The author takes the time to thoroughly disect & explain the intricate details of the C programming language. The book is not confusing in any way. There are no questions left unanswered. Some books just TELL you how something works and then you KNOW what works. Pointers on C EXPLAINS how things work so that you UNDERSTAND why it works.Thats a big difference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: InDesign CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby, Terry White
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Known shortcuts, very small book high price

I bought this book thinking I would find some shortcuts for ID CS. If you have no idea what you're doing in ID you might have some use from it. However, if you've bought the Visual Quickstart by Sandee Cohen or practically any other book on ID you will bu lucky if you find 4 or 5 undocumented shortcuts. A real ripoff in my opinion. I promptly sent it back for a refund. A lot of pictures; not a lot of information.