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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Find It Online, Fourth Edition : The Complete Guide to Online Research (Find It Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research)
Publisher: Facts on Demand Press
Authors: Alan M. Schlein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guide Worth Owning


While this book has got good intentions, it somehow fails to live up to the reviews that I have read of it. There are literally thousands of websites listed in the book, with a brief statement of what the website is about.
As a Canadian, I found this book lacking. If you are looking for American websites or information on American businesses or people, then this book will suit your needs.
The book's format does not lend itself to easy reading. It is basically just listings of sites by category. The pages are packed full and hard to read. The author has been extremely thorough in his listing of websites, but I just didn't find that it helped me out.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ethereal Packet Sniffing
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Angela D. Orebaugh, Gilbert Ramirez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredibly complete and an excellent edition


I am very impressed with this book and the quality of coverage. It is well written, full of examples, full of developer info. Pretty much everything you need is here, and it eliminates the need for you to go digging on web sites to find what you need. Also, one of the authors is on the EThereal product team, so you know you're getting the right stuff. There are chapters on Tethereal, installing Ethereal on Windows and UNIX. The GUI, filters, etc. Everything I looked uop was there and it's also a good book to start at page 1 and read right through.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Newbies recommended book - Stater!


Well...this book is very perfect for those newbies who want to really gain understanding in Java. Sierra and Bates are just awesome in detailing the theory of Java. They both know how to make Java looked a little bit chilled. If my suggestion is allowed, I would really suggest them to write more codes in their book. Somehow, their theory is great, but I feel programming needs more example to foster our understanding and experience on the codes. Overall, this book is RECOMMENDED for OO Java programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft InfoPath (Programming Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Thom Robbins, Thomas Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent reference for Infopath developers


The first thing you need to know before purchasing this book is the software requirements in order to work with the sample programs. For software you will need either Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional and InfoPath 2003. To work with many web-enabled samples you will also need an Internet Information Server. To compile and run many of the samples you will also need Visual Studio.NET 2003 or the .NET Framework 1.1. It also require Microsoft Office 2003 and all associated products. The book also assumes a basic knowledge of program development in a distributed environment (although the assumptions here are pretty minimal). You will note that all the software required is totally Microsoft. If you are not willing to put on your Microsoft blinders and believe that nothing exists in the computer world other than Microsoft then you will not be particularly interested in Infopath nor this book. On the other hand, if you are a totally Microsoft office, read on.
Infopath is Microsoft's collaborative environment for office automation and workflow control. Using XML based forms a user can input information once and have it shared into Word, Excel, SQL, or other applications simultaneously. Needless to say this can increase efficiency tremendously for situations where data has to be rewritten or cut-and-paste into different programs to keep it all up to date. For those already working with Infopath, or planning to make that move, the book is an excellent guide to developing data sharing programs that take input with validation, store, extract, and update that information through easy to use forms, provide a secure solution, and integrate with Biztalk Server.
The approach of the author is to provide basic information and instruction interspersed with actual coding examples so you can actually test your knowledge and see the results. This is one of the best teaching methods and he does an excellent job. A quick view of the table of contents shows the highly organized layout of the book. It starts with an examination of the Infopath integrated development environment (IDE), then follows with generating XML Forms, web service forms, and database forms, next is building workflow-enabled applications, integrating with BizTalk server, building smart client applications, securing solutions, and finally deploying your application.
For those developing applications in the InfoPath environment this is a top-notch guide that provides everything you need to know to start creating a collaborative working environment. If your company has made the commitment to InfoPath "Programming Microsoft Infopath: A Developer's Guide" is a book you will want to have.