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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Sap R/3 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Danielle Larocca
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Waste of space

First of all nobody can learn SAP in 24 hours and this book will not do it. This book definitely give you very general and very basic overview of SAP functionality. In my opinion this book is for people like system annalists, technical annalists, IT specialists etc. with no SAP knowledge who would like to start working with SAP. It is however not for ordinary SAP user - subjects (hours) are mostly technical and language is also technical.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Concurrent Programming in Java(TM): Design Principles and Pattern (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Lea
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Future of concurrent programming in Java?

Doug Lea's util.concurrent library, or something very similar is currently under evaluation for inclusion in JSDK 1.5. Java synchronization primitives as it stands are still too low level for many applications. Developing multi-threaded applications is difficult - even deceptively simple constructs like read-write locks (concurrent reads, exclusive writes) are notoriously difficult to get exactly right. This book assumes some familiarity with the basic Java synchronization primitives since it doesn't dwell much on explaining them. It isn't a reference manual on the util.concurrent library either. What this book does quite successfully, is bridge academic theory and practical programming to help the patient reader develop a real understanding of concurrent programming. Most programming books focus on the "what" or "how-to" aspects - this tackles the "why". A useful book considering there are currently very few design patterns, and refactoring strategies available to resolve concurrent programming problems.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

OK, so this title has become almost a bible for the software industry - it seems to get cited by every other author I read, so I thought it was about time I actually bought a copy. It is one of those books that has you saying 'YES!' to yourself within a few pages as the elegance and truth of the concepts become apparent, and continue saying 'YES!' to the back cover. Many of the concepts were not new to me, and it was a shock to see not a single mention of Java (because it was written before Java was invented!!). Nevertheless there is more gold in this book than in much of the rest of my bookshelf combined!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good for reference, not for studying.

This book covers most of topic you may need. So, you can use it as a reference on ASP3. But it is not for beginner or for studying from a ground. It is quite hard-to-read, not explained in-depth, and it made me quite ???.