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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Review: "The Design Of Sites," Van Duyne, Landay, Hong, 2002

"The Design of Sites" is Pattern Language for Graphic User Interface Architectures, GUIAs - please make more! Soon!
Like most good references, it is not necessary to read front to back right away. One does out of interest anyhow and finds a manual of common functional web styles. This is the kind of book that empowers the first timer and the 100th timer.
Thorough reference organized by Patterns and Pattern Groups is the structure of most of "The Design of Sites." Professionals are wise to scan it all now. Having it close makes me feel a little more prepared as it may come in handy as both an info source and a model for future manuals like it.
E-Commerce through better online customer service is a message that surfaces when reading about the granular breakdown of e-commerce concepts in relevant paradigm that everyone can appreciate. Search, navigation, site performance, and usability, all are factors when designing on the web. Developers and managers at all levels can benefit from specific parts of this book of collected, common web experience.
By demystifying common and complex web processes, plus all the standard material and easy organization one comes to expect from thorough reference, "The Design of Sites" is a valuable text for students of web design. That is, in business as in art, learn the rules of the road or keep off the highway.
The arrangement of each pattern heavily borrows from the design philosophies of Alexander, for those that appreciate his work, and are arranged as web design scenarios divided into 6 Factors of: Name, Background, Problems, Forces, Solutions, and Other Patterns to Consider. TDOS is an advanced reference and choose your own adventure of sorts.
By studying patterns these authors have struck on the great lesson of design which is not always reinventing the wheel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Development without EJB
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson, Juergen Hoeller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If you were only able to buy one J2EE book, then this would be it. J2EE is a complex technology filled with opportunities to make judgment errors. This book clearly outlines the rationale and implications of J2EE decisions to avoid making those costly mistakes. The information in this book could be the difference between a success and a failure. I highly recommend this book.

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
A must HAVE book for any oracle developer

This book is invaluable material for the OCP exam. The sections on developer/2000 are very clear and actually give you practical knowledge of the product which is invaluable to the exam. It does however need more complex scenarios like those tested on the exam. While giving you good basics, it is not as detailed in complex concepts as you may require for the exam.
You should also get PL/SQL Programming, which is probably the best book available on the topic. I read both books and had a perfect score on the exam (50/50).
I do recommend this guide to anyone interested in getting OCP. It covers the curriculum extensively. This exam guide is certainly worth your money and more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Evangelos Petroutsos, Asli Bilgin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Filled with Hidden Gems!!!

There are notes throughout the book pointing out more advanced details and really interesting editorials, such as "is OLEDB dead?" Plus, there was a surprising section on SQL administration, which I often find overlooked in most database books. It provides you with tips on how to improve theperformance of your SQL Server. It's substantively indepth in itscoverage