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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
OUTSTANDING, Comprehensive introduction to JAVA and OOP

A through and informative introduction to JAVA using object oriented design principles and patterns. Both JAVA 1.2 and 1.1 are explained and differences highlighted. Although expert JAVA programmers may find specific parts of the various API's are not covered in exacting detail, all JAVA users will learn something from this book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I have seen some previous comments that came along with 1/2 stars. The only thing I would like to say is that books that havedepth are not always easy to read. These require some effort from the reader.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not a good book about se in my option

I bought this book for an undergraduate course in software engineering. I was thoroughly unimpressed by the book. Pressman attempts to cover too many topics within SE and ends up doing none well. Topics such as documentation, client/server architectures, and internet design are sketchy at best. I think that most of the useful information in this book could be condensed into about 200 pages. I'd think twice about tossing down the bills for this particular text, especially if you are a student and not a professional.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Services with Java : Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Graham, Doug Davis, Simeon Simeonov, Glen Daniels, Peter Brittenham, Yuichi Nakamura, Paul Fremantle, Dieter Koenig, Claudia Zentner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Right to the Heart of the Matter

It's hard to read anything today without running into a lot of hype and buzzwords. This is especially true with Web Service technologies. I've never had a technical book that cut to the chase and told me what I needed to know like this one does. I'm sure I'll read it cover to cover and be glad I did. Great job to everyone involved!