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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You don't have a clue about Programming? Buy it!

When about three years ago I decided to begin learning programming I started searching a book that could show me the principles of basic-programming. The perfectly-explained concepts of this book gave me a very solid basis to go on learning C++, OOP and Windows-programming. Ok, you won't be a C-crack after having finished the book, but you won't regret it at all. I had some problems at the end of the book with file-access, but I could compensate it with other books. If you're a beginner, you absolutely have to buy it.

Product: Book -
Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is the only book you will ever need to learn the best techniques for selling AND making a profit on eBay! Although finding sources for wholesale products to resell is somewhat beyond the scope of this book, it WILL show you how to market those products to get the most money and the most bids by writing an effective and attention-grabbing listing!

I have made some minor changes to the technique to fit my selling needs, but, for the most part, I am using the exact same technique taught in this book. Thanks to "eBay Secrets," I am well on the way to turning something that was just a hobby into a profitable online business!!

This book was WELL worth the price I paid for it. In fact, it has already paid for itself!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Java Developers
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Pleased

Before I found this book, I was rather lost. I was trying to learn C# and the framework using the docs that came with the .Net Framework installation and was only getting so far. I didn't feel like I was learning it comprehensively.
Even though this book is large, it's easy to read, has example code throughout, and covers a lot of what I needed to know. It had a breadth I found lacking in other Java to .Net books.
Unlike the other books I looked at, this one provides enough information so that you learn how to compile the example code using the free command-line compilers of the .Net Framework SDK rather than making you get Visual Studio.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best certification guide ever written

This book has a lot of reviews, so I was asking myself, what extra information I can add, which nobody has covered in their reviews?

To add more useful information, let me give you some relevant facts about me; I hold -until this moment- six professional certificates, they are:

1) IBM Certified Database Administrator - DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
2) IBM Certified System Administrator - WebSphere Application Server V5.0
3) IBM Certified for e-business - Solution Technologist
4) IBM Certified Solution Designer - DB2 Business Intelligence v8
5) Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate
6) Sun Certified Java Programmer

I am mentioning this only to show that I have great experience in professional exams, and I have read a lot of certification materials in my years of experience, which allow me to judge whether the preparation book is good or not.

So, Among all the certification books I have read, I found this book the best certification preparation guide I have ever read. The best points for this book are:

1) Exam questions resemblance, the real exam questions are very very similar to the questions of the book.
2) The two bonus exams are very much like the real exam.
3) Excellent coverage of all the exam objectives.
4) Well organization of objectives' coverage.
5) The brilliant "Exam Watch" tips, which warn you of exam tricks.

Note 1: This book is not meant for learning Java, and you should know the syntax of the language prior to reading the book; the writers menion this clearly as their focus is on the exam only.
Note 2: My review applies to the Sun Certified Programmer exam only; the developer exam is not covered.