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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All-encompassing, practical, down to earth.

The author's credo is thoroughly refreshing: "Content over style". Why can't more books of this ilk speak to the issue of content? Perhaps we'd have fewer bandwidth hogging, eye popping, and distracting pages on the internet.
Certainly, the authors (and myself) have a reverent respect for all the new whiz-bang technology. But their admonishment is to apply such heavy artillery judiciously, when it adds value to the content of a web site.
For the neophyte or veteran, this is a solid reference: it's thesis sorely needed, it's presentation exemplary, it's lucidity par excellence.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don?t waste your money. Don?t buy this book.

Don't waste your money. Don't buy this book. It is full of mistakes and erroneous presentations. It looks like they never checked the examples against authentic Visual Studio .NET results.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Recommended for beginner.

A very good first book for J2 beginner. You may start learning Java 2 v1.3 from this book. Some previous Object Oriented Programming experience like C++ may help for faster understanding but not absolutely necessary.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Quite good -- if only there were more examples...

This book is a great intro to vi for beginners and is an excellent desktop reference for people to keep handy. I keep it handy because I cannot always remember that obscure command that will rearrange my document with little effort.