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The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland [DVD] [2000] <b>DVD</b> ~ Kevin Clash
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We bought this on the basis of other good reviews, and it's a well-made movie. Our toddler of nearly two did love it (though the adults watching with him found the shrill voices a bit much). It's well-intentioned and the idea is to teach the concept of sharing, with villainous Huxley who takes everything in sight but eventually gets his comeuppance. Unfortunately though this backfired on us. Huxley's modus operandi is to see something, take it and stamp it 'MINE'. The problem arose after our son had watched the dvd a number of times and instead of absorbing the more subtle intended message - which would no doubt happen with a slightly older child - he learned to say MINE just the way Huxley… Read more
Effective Java (Java Series) by Joshua Bloch
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was so impressed with the quality of information in this book that, having reached the end of it (in a surprisingly short space of time), I started again from the beginning - not because it was unreadable or inaccessible but purely in the hope of cementing as much of it as possible in my mind.
I would describe myself as an intermediate-level Java programmer and had stumbled across many of the issues Josh Bloch raises before reading this book (I had also been unable to find satisfactory solutions in some cases, despite hours of Internet searching). My questions included things like how to create type-safe enums, problems with serialisation and immutability issues. The book answered… Read more
Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Referenc&hellip by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A balanced, informative, no-nonsense book packed full of useful advice and URLs. As a mostly back-end programmer wanting to understand more about browser compatibility and the preparation of web graphics, I found this book invaluable.
It contains a good enough overview for getting started in pretty much any web design topic you would need (from basic to advanced), and points you in the right direction for more information at every turn. The only think I felt lacking was an appendix summarising resources and URLs contained in the text since it can be a bit of a chore trying to find this information later.
All in all, highly recommended.