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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Java Programming Book

I've just passed with Java Certification Programmer Book 1.4 with good result. Thanks to Khalid and Rolf for writing a great book. It's well structured, very details and has great examples. I only had to read this book, read the Assertion documenation from JDK 1.4 Documentation and went for the exam. It's a double edged sword that allows you to pass the exam with a good result and sharpen ur Java programming knowledge to its extreme.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book. You don't need anything else.

I'm come from a heavy ASP background, and as I've started learning the Linux OS, Perl appeared as something good to learn. Hearing the "Camel" book was the best, I went and got it. My thoughts: Its a terriffic Perl scripting reference!!! BUT, for those of you who want to learn Perl for dynamic web page authoring, this may not be the book you want. It's written much more from a Unix admin standpoint, using Perl for automation, and report generation. It does little special to help you with common dynamic web page tasks. Eg. No section on connecting to ODBC data sources for database publication, etc...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Adam Phillip Churvis, Hal Helms, Charlie Arehart, David Churvis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one Coldfusion MX book you need!

Back in the day, the only CF books available were the WACKs by Ben Forta. They quickly became the 'must have' books for any serious CF developer, largely because Ben is...well, he's Ben...but also because there was very little competition. As CF has grown in popularity, other publishers have released CF books...but none have ever seriously challenged the WACKs...
...until now. The MX Bible will undoubtedly be regarded as the premiere CF reference. Unlike so many others, this is definitely NOT a simple regurgiation of the docs. The authors are all very well known, respected CF developers who are obviously teaching from their own (real world) experiences...not simply expanding on existing documentation. They explain what works and what doesn't...and why.
This is not really a book for beginners (IMO)...but anybody who's been using CF for at least 6 months or so will find this to be an invaluable, ALL INCLUSIVE (cf, homesite/studio, XML, XSLT, SQL, triggers, stored procs, fusebox, etc) resource that should never be far from the keyboard.
You won't find this much (quality) information anywhere else for close to this price. Do yourself a favor, and make a small investment that will yield huge returns.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-310): Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual Basic .NET and the .NET Framework
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Read it if you want to fail. It's a total beginners book.

I've just completed chapter 1, and without going any futher, I was already kicking myself for purchasing this book, it costs a whopping RM142.50 in Malaysia where a McDonalds large value meal goes for RM9.00!!!
The chapter was on Consuming and Manipulating Datasets, and the only codes provided was on inserting, deleting and updating data either via SQL or stored procedures. Also some bits on how to drag and drop your schema and DataRelations.
Considering that I've already passed 70-305 ASP.NET, the coverage on datasets are seriously and ridiculously WEAK!. And with that, I can pretty much pass judgement across the whole book without reading any further. Here's a sample question (all other questions are of the same level of 'easiness'):
You are using a SQL Insert statement to insert records in a table named Products. The Products table has the following structure:
ProductID - identity, no default value, not null ProductName - varchar(50), no default, not null UnitPrice - money, default value 10.00, can be null Color - varchar(10) no default value, can be null.
Which column must u explicitly specify in the INSERT statement?
(Urgh... double, quadruple duuuhhhhhss... if you're practicing on questions like these, you'd fail the test even if you've read the book for the 10th time!)
I've had very bad experiences with QUE books, and this book rekindled memories that I had with the Special Edition series a long time ago. If you want a serious prep book, pick up a Sybex. It may cost more, but its more worth it in terms of depth.
Take it from someone who has taken and PASSED the ASP.NET tests. What needs to be in a chapter that deals with ADO.NET are Coding and fundamentals for:
1) How to Continue if there are errors in inserting/updating records with datasets.2) How to retrieve those errors3) How to merge one dataset with another and its many details like preserving schema.4) What's the difference between a DataRelation and a ForeignkeyContraints in coding and its implications.5) How to handle DataColumnMapping and DataTableMapping6) Why are there different connection types like SQLConnection and OLEDBConnection.
The 6 items above are the very LEAST that you should know in order to ace both the 70-305 and 70-310 paper when it comes to ADO.NET
Save your money. Get a better book.