Books (continued)

CSS Pocket Reference show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary: Great CSS pocket reference.

Can't remember that magic style? Forget the syntax? Wondering why it looks different on a particular browser? This title is a handy reference for those types of questions, and more. It even covers the small differences between the same browsers on different operating systems (i.e. MSIE on PC vs. MSIE on Mac). This reference makes no mention of CSS2, and the newest cutting edge browsers are not covered, but if you're looking for compatibility, this references is all you need.


JavaScript Pocket Reference (2nd Edition) show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary: Greate JavaScript pocket reference.

Another pocket reference. Probably even more useful than the CSS reference. Off hand, do you know how to dynamically add option elements to a select object? Do you remember all of the members to the location object? With this reference by your side, it's no problem.


Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

This is the book that's on my desk when I'm doing working on Struts web pages. It's by Ted Husted himself (one of the big shots on the Struts development team) and contains a forward by Craig R. McClanahan, the original author of Struts.


Programming Jakarta Struts show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

To my knowledge, this is the first book completely devoted to the topic of Struts. Before that, the framework was just an honorable mention in other JSP books.


Java Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions and Workarounds to Improve Programs show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

This book talks about common mistakes people in the Java language. For instance, do you know how to correctly implement the Clonable interface? There are several other highly useful sections that will make your Java applications zoom. One thing, though, what's that page curl for?


Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition) show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

Think you know vi? This book will teach you a thing or two. Often, I'll crack it open just to find something I don't know. More often than not, I find something so useful. I purchaced the 5th edition in 1996, and I still find it useful to this day.


Sams Teach Yourself JavaServer Pages in 24 Hours show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

This was my first JSP book. It's so good, an intern where I work stole it from me. It may be a little out of date by now, but for me, it's was a great title to read on the bus to work.


The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

I knew about this book for a number of years before I bought it. A few people would quote concepts from it from time to time. It's pretty dated, and some people mistake the use of male pronouns for sexism. It's just how people wrote back then. If you can look past the hardware differences and read the true development concepts, you can learn a lot. For instance, the use of a "project workbook" has been replaced with "intranets." It's also a great book to understand why things are done the way they are today.


The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide: Programmer's and Developers Exams show More info

Reviewed Date: 01 March, 2003

Reviewed by: Anthony

Anthony's Rating: Stars-5

Summary:

When I go for my Sun certification, I'll have these authors to thank. Even if you're not too keen on going for your certification soon, it's a good place to start. The chapters are full of stuff that's on the tests as well as background information for things that aren't, in case you're interested in that kind of detail (this book is out of print, though).