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Help choosing between two books

Preeti Yarla
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I am trying to choose between the following two books :

Oracle 9i JDBC Programming by Jason Price, 2002
and
Expert Oracle JDBC Programming by R.M. Menon, 2005

Table of contents for both of them is almost similar except for the chapter in Jasons book about servlets, jsp and ejb. Both the books have only few but 5/5 star customer ratings. Any suggestions please? (I have a Oracle and Pl/SQL book from Oracle press but not with JDBC combination)


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Campbell Ritchie
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Are you a beginner or an expert?
Does the 3-year difference in dates worry you?
Go onto the Amazon website and look at customer comments, and find the sample pages.
Preeti Yarla
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I am a beginner.
3 year difference bothers me. (So more inclined towards Menon's book)
And I looked at customer reviews for both the books at Amazon.


What I am looking for is comparison between the two books.
[ July 22, 2008: Message edited by: Preeti Yarla ]
Campbell Ritchie
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Do you think you will find a review contrasting the two books? Unlikely, I would think.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Preeti,
I've read Menon's book. I haven't read the other, but the Amazon description says it includes coverage of Oracle Application Server. If you are planning to use this servers, that's probably a value add. If not, I think Menon's is a better fit because it focuses more on the database.


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Preeti Yarla
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Thanks Campbell and Jeanne.

I ordered Menon more for the reason that its the latest. Also as Jeanne mentioned I am not going into Oracle Application Server at this point. (And most of the other chapters looked similar.)
 
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