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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I should read this book's review before I buy it......

I spend the money to study Java, but the material of this book confuse me!
I think it may be a good book to someone who already know java including awt, in order to understand the contains in this book ( if someone already know such material, why they read this book at all)!
Or, I should say the first 5 days still o.k. (may be because I already know some OOP and C++ concept!), after that it start confuse me with no detail explanation for what he is talking about!
If I read this REVIEW first, I think I will not buy this book at all, now I can feel why people have such feeling, it's not about the $ that I spend, it about my valuable TIME!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram (310-035)
Publisher: Que
Authors: William Brogden, Marcus Green, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pick it Up

This was not my primary study guide as I highly recommend the Sierra title, but it is a solid effort. The questions and practice exams are well worth it and it is concise. Some in depth explanations are lacking, and if you are trying to understand polymorphism and casting, you should augment what you read here. I think it is always good to have a couple of books when going for certification because each book may stress or explain something different. Many times, that gives you a three dimensional look at material that begins to really make sense. If you have a study guide already, pick this one up as well. It is compact and loaded with information and practice questions that are of excellent quality. I passed using this and the Sierra book primarily and can only recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux iptables Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gregor N. Purdy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
for sysadmins

This book is written for linux/unix sysadmins, not programmers. The topic of iptables is intimately related to guarding a network against intruders. A sysadmin task. Plus, the compact, pocketbook size lends itself to a common scenario.

You're a harried sysadmin in the machine room of your company, surrounded by racks of computers and cabling. Equipment everywhere and little room for you to prop up a regular sized text on intrusion detection. Quite possibly, the master console is some cheezy old monitor that you got stuck with. Or even worse, it is just a terminal. If the latter, it's really awkward to do a man on iptables and also run it, especially if you're in real time mode against an active intruder. In other words, what this book is ideal for.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Buy

I learned so much from this book. However, I recommend reading Creating Web Pages for Dummies first because it really does the basics. But, this book will be great by itself.