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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wireless Java: Developing with J2ME, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jonathan Knudsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good introduction to J2ME CLDC/MIDP

I am commenting on the First Edition of this book.
I own two books on introductory J2ME development in a CLDC/MIDP environment: this is the better of the two. Mr. Knudsen writes well (no silly jokes or other distracting nonsense), and covers the core material one needs to begin programming MIDlets.
Chapter 12 in the first edition is extremely useful, wherein the practical use of message digests on the client side are illustrated.
All in all, a good book for the bookshelf, and one I recommend to friends interested in J2ME CLDC/MIDP programming.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Regular Expression Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tony Stubblebine
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All that and a bag of chips

I found this guide very useful. I learned a whole slew of new expressions to incorporate into my everyday vocabulary. To think, I'd been wasting my time saying things like, "Wicked cool!".
Stubblebine gives it to you in an easy-to-understand format. If he had other books I'd buy them (plus, I understand from some women in the geek community that he's a total babe!). Two thumbs up!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Try another book

Special effects cookbooks may have a place in the Photoshop world. Still, some are in better taste than others. If you want a really engaging book of this type, buy instead Froebisch et. al., Photoshop 6 Cookbook. The effects you'll practice there are stunning. Those in the Kelby book may leave you feeling, "Huh? Why? So what?"

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book on subject

The A+ exam attempts to test everything about PCs, all operating systems from DOS through Win XP, and basic setup information regarding networks. To teach all this information in a single book would require at least a thousand pages, and more likely a two-volume set upwards of 1500 pages or more. What we've chosen to do is to produce a real cram book for last-minute review. The inclusion of Windows XP, networking, and all the troubleshooting, meant reducing some of the teaching we were able to include in earlier editions, back when the latest OS was Windows 95.
Again: This book is meant as a cram book, not to be the only study source you'll ever need to pass the exam! Other books on the market focus on every question you'll encounter, then provide the correct answers for you to memorize. But none of those books provide much of a context for how all the technology fits together. We've found that having such a context is a great help when it comes to recalling information in the actual exam room.
Various reviews here show that the A+ Exam Cram 2, Second Edition is insufficient as a single, standalone book for passing the exam. This is true, and we intended it that way! But as a final review, when you've had the hands-on experience with computers and operating systems, we think there's no better book on the market. It's a "reality check" to help you ease up on some of the anxiety and pressure.
We're always interested in making the best book possible, and the first printing is under review for typos or minor errors. Que Certification maintains an errata Web site, and we expect to correct existing typos until the book is a clean as we can make it.
As many readers have said, here and elsewhere, this book will give you the underlying explanations of how PCs work, and point out the real "gotchas" you're likely to encounter on the exam. Use it to pull together all the details of IRQs, speeds, chipsets, and so on that you have to remember. The book is primarily designed to build a framework in your mind for better recall during the actual exam, without all the sweat and anxiety of using rote memory.
We've also included a lot of strategies for figuring out correct responses when you're not sure of the answer. The Exam Cram series doesn't intend to provide hundreds of sample questions. Rather, it's designed to give you a single practice test, as close to the real exam as possible. However, Que has included an addtional CDROM with many additional practice questions.
No other book gives you help where it comes to figuring out the psychology behind creating questions. This book gives you that kind of help, and also helps you to make sense out of the massive amount of information you've learned. We highlight what you'll be tested on as a way for you to prioritize what you should remember.
Most A+ preparation books are just that: preparation. Only the Exam Cram series is designed to summarize all that preparation into a unified whole, before you go in to take the exam.