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    1. Head First Design Patterns
    by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
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    Asin: 0596007124
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1062
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    You're not alone. At any given moment, somewhere in the world someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. You know you don't want to reinvent the wheel (or worse, a flat tire), so you look to Design Patterns--the lessons learned by those who've faced the same problems. With Design Patterns, you get to take advantage of the best practices and experience of others, so that you can spend your time on...something else. Something more challenging. Something more complex. Something more fun.You want to learn about the patterns that matter--why to use them, when to use them, how to use them (and when NOT to use them). But you don't just want to see how patterns look in a book, you want to know how they look "in the wild". In their native environment. In other words, in real world applications. You also want to learn how patterns are used in the Java API, and how to exploit Java's built-in pattern support in your own code.You want to learn the real OO design principles and why everything your boss told you about inheritance might be wrong (and what to do instead).You want to learn how those principles will help the next time you're up a creek without a design paddle pattern.Most importantly, you want to learn the "secret language" of Design Patterns so that you can hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions his stunningly clever use of Command, Facade, Proxy, and Factory in between sips of a martini. You'll easily counter with your deep understanding of why Singleton isn't as simple as it sounds, how the Factory is so often misunderstood, or on the real relationship between Decorator, Facade and Adapter.With Head First Design Patterns, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking Decorator is something from the "Trading Spaces" show. Best of all, in a way that won't put you to sleep!We think your time is too important (and too short) to spend it struggling with academic texts.If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First Design Patterns will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks. In a way that lets you put them to work immediately. In a way that makes you better at solving software design problems, and better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team. ... Read more


    2. Professional Excel Development : The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft(R) Excel and VBA(R)
    by Stephen Bullen, Rob Bovey, John Green
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    Asin: 0321262506
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-04)
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    3. Beyond Bullet Points: Using MicrosoftPowerPointto Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
    by Cliff Atkinson
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    Asin: 0735620520
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-02)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not only Beyond Bullet Points...Beyond PowerPoint too!
    Caution!The information presented in this book has applications far beyond PowerPoint.If you read this book you may find yourself inspired to think outside of the "text" box.You may think of innovative ways to use this information to become a better salesperson, a better organizer or a better communicator in general.

    At least, that was my experience.

    I recently used the principles in Cliff's book to organize the 3-year cirriculum for my company's new corporate university.Using the story template ensured that each course was tied to the strategic goals of the company.I just wish I had discovered his book at the beginning of the project!By the way, my "meta-story" template is posted on Cliff's blog at www.beyondbullets.com.Be sure to check it out!

    I've also used the story template as a guideline for writing a letter (to convince a client to see something my way) and to structure a talk I gave in church recently.

    I'm even convinced that the principles in this book can be used for non-persuasive presentations (i.e. technical training, informative presentations, etc.) and I plan to prove it.I'm working right now on re-vamping several of my technical training classes using this approach.I've written several of the story templates, and I can already see the improvement!

    Order the book!Visit the blog!Get ready to change the way you communicate!



    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not
    For those wanting the add FX to their PP presentations - this isn't the book.The PP stuff is 101 level.For those looking for a format for their presentations - this offers one.Will it fit all, or even most, circumstances?Not in my experience of coaching business presentations for 20 + years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop putting your audience to sleep!
    I can't count the number of boring bullet point presentations I've sat through in my life. Unfortunately, my audiences probably say the same thing! With the help of Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, hopefully my audiences won't have to endure yet another boring bullet point presentation.

    If you are looking for a book to teach you PowerPoint or looking to transform yourself into a PowerPoint "power user" look elsewhere. If you want to learn to develop effective presentations that engage your audience and not put them to sleep, Beyond Bullet Points is a great book.

    The book presents Cliff Atkinson's three step approach to presentations: Focus, Clarify and Engage. The method is based on story telling with a few twists to compensate for the complex nature of presentations.

    Chapter 1 starts with a fictional presentation which the book will transform from a boring bullet pointed presentation to one that engages the audience.

    Chapter 2-3 (focus) guides the reader as Cliff describes the process of writing the script for the new presentation.

    Chapter 4-6 (clarify) builds upon the previous chapters as the reader is guided through the process of clarifying the presentation's ideas.

    Chapter 7 lays out the groundwork to create an engaging script that will certainly bring life to your presentation.

    Appendix A summarizes Richard Mayer's excellent research on multimedia learning.

    Appendix B discusses Cliff's excellent tool, Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter.

    While PowerPoint is used as the tool in presenting Cliff's idea of storyboarded presentations, the concept is certainly beneficial to anyone that uses alternate tools.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has transformed my business
    I am a professional speaker and workshop leader. People have always told me I am good. But now I look at my presentations and think, "I cannot believe I used to present this garbage and people responded." The ideas I got from this book have completely transformed my business.

    That may sound like a lofty claim but let me explain. I have never met Cliff Atkinson. Didn't know him from "Boo" before a month or two ago. I saw Cliff's book mentioned on a blog I read and began reading some of his posts. They were very useful and had a lot of great ideas. When this book was released, Cliff made an offer to do a makeover on a few presentations so that he could publically show people the results on his blog and in the discussion forum on his book site. When I saw that, I jumped at the chance.

    My sales presentation drives the majority of my revenue. Why wouldn't I? If I could make it better, great. If I didn't like the result, I could always stick with what I had been doing.

    Like it? Wow! The transformation has been amazing! You can see for yourself. Go to his blog and you can see my entire makeover process or you can see just a few before and afters in some of Cliff's blog posts. Look for Kim's makeover. I think you will agree the difference is truly amazing.

    But it didn't stop there. What Cliff is really teaching is a structure for presenting information. Storytelling is one of the most powerful communication tools out there. I was a good story teller - but my stories weren't tight. They were not concise. The Beyond Bullet Point approach gives my audience exactly what they need to keep them interested and answer their questions - no more, no less. It puts you in their shoes.

    I took Cliff's story structure and began to apply it in other areas. I have not only put it to work in other presentations, I tried a little experiment. I wrote one of my sixty second radio spots using Act 1 of Cliff's story structure. It began airing this week and right out of the gate it looks like it may be one of the best pulling ads I have ever run.

    But it didn't stop there either. I have been working with an ad agency to develop a positioning statement (some would call it a tag line) and a jingle. We had been going back and forth on the positioning statement. Nothing popped. After I finished the story template I used for the sixty second spot, I sent it over to the creative guy at the ad agency and we instantly knew we had a positioning statement. It came naturally right out of Cliff's story structure.

    So that is my story. I have never posted a review on Amazon before. I am an avid reader but I have no time to post reviews. For this book, I made time. I give this book my highest recommendation, which I will also do to readers of my newsletters and blog. I hope it is as powerful for you as it was for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book teaches some essential writing skills!
    This book is the most pragmatic book on developing presentations, not just PowerPoint presos. It borrows from the craft of Hollywood that knows how to capture our attention, keep us entertained and influence us in more ways than we realize. The book is based on proven techniques used by the greatest storytellers for centuries and the author has boiled this down into a few principles that are easy to remember and use.

    I have already employed the techniques and I see a huge difference; my colleagues say so! Get this book and you will be guided to think a lot more critically about your audience, your message and more importantly your desired outcome. The Word template provided at the author's website is an awesome power tool, once you understand the concepts. ... Read more


    4. Excel 2003 Bible
    by John Walkenbach
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    Asin: 0764539671
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 2428
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    * The most comprehensive guidebook available on the most popular spreadsheet program, fully updated to include all-new "X" features
    * Written by the leading Excel guru known as "Mr. Spreadsheet," John Walkenbach, who has written more than thirty books and 300 articles on related topics and maintains the popular Spreadsheet Page at www.j-walk.com/ss
    * The definitive reference book for beginning to advanced users, featuring expert advice and hundreds of examples, tips, techniques, shortcuts, work-arounds, and more
    * Covers expanded use of XML and Web services to facilitate data reporting, analysis, importing, and exporting information
    * Explores Excel programming for those who want advanced information
    * CD-ROM includes all templates and worksheets used in the book, as well as sample chapters from all Wiley Office "X" related Bibles and useful third party software, including John Walkenbach's Power Utility Pak
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a Reference...
    The book is really a Bible... A lot of useful information for people that are beginning to use this spreadsheet. I also believe that this book could be a great asset for those who have a good understanding of the tool. It's easier to find a solution in the book's index than looking for it on the help feature of the software. I really have to recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide for Advanced and Simple Applications
    I usually avoid books about Microsoft software because I can usually muddle through and figure out what I want to do. If in doubt, I seek out a twelve-year-old who knows the answers. But this week I had a desire to create a unique chart for a client, and decided to see if Excel would help me make the chart. I had the good fortune to run across Excel 2003 Bible at the library, and took it home to skim. Within 45 minutes I had all the answers to my questions, and found a way to create a better chart than I had originally planned to make. That was well worth my time. I'm sure that I would never have found the alternatives on my own that the book pointed me to.

    Intrigued by the help I got, I went back and read the simple sections as well. I was impressed by how thorough all of the material is. You are given many different ways to accomplish the same task, along with the pros and cons of why to go one way versus another. I also appreciated the many graphics in the book to show what the screens look like.

    The book is also backed up with a CD to run simulations and a web site where you can get more help.

    If you think you may ever want to do advanced applications of Excel, I strongly encourage you to read this book. I particularly liked the charting and analysis sections.

    As I finished this book, I realized that I usually employ Excel to get tasks done faster . . . and hadn't given much thought to how to complete them better. I suspect that much data could be made more usable and valuable for me and others if I think about how to employ all of Excel's tools in advance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Walkenbach show you how to make the most out of Excel!
    Walkenbach's Web site is awesome (http://j-walk.com/ss/)...you should check it out! But I still find just about every one of his Excel books too valuable to pass up. This one is perfect...but I also love Excel 2003 Formulas. Office 2003's XML capabilities really intrigued me, and the Excel 2003 Bible didn't disappoint in helping me find out what this mean for me and my business. Walkenbach just shows how to make the most out of Excel more than any author I've been able to find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Material
    Purchased the Excel 2003 Bible to brush up on my spreadsheet skills. It covers everything from the basics to advanced in an easy to read format which is easy to understand. Also comes with an eBook on CD that I have used more than the paperback. Quick information at the click of the mouse. Superb. ... Read more


    5. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
    by Martin Fowler
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    Asin: 0321127420
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co
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    Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work in the field
    I normally don't bother to write reviews, but some of the shallow ones I found here irritated me enough to write. I have been a developer, architect, and development manager. My latest project was a 100+ developer year enterprise application. Fowler clearly knows the field, he speaks with confidence of development experiences with projects that went live. I have no idea of what a newbie to enterprise application development would gain from this book. The DTO pattern, for example, is profoundly powerful and his representation of it is accurate, but he presents it in a casual, low-key way, and its significance might well escape the uninitiated. When you talk to programmers who only know the one thing they worked on you hear a naive, blind conviction in their voice, but when you read Fowler, you hear the weary lessons of hundreds of developers on dozens of large projects. If you are experienced, read chapter 8 first, then the patterns, then 1 - 7 if need be. If you are new, read chapter 8 first, then the patterns, then CODE the patterns a dozen times, then read the rest of the book. Fowler says you should read 1-8 then the patterns as needed, but I say the 8 pages of chapter 8 roll up the first seven chapters very nicely, and then please read all the patterns in associative order from your point of view.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Many pearls of wisdom but spoiled by poor edit quality
    This is the only book I have encountered that describes .NET patterns. This is particularly useful when attempting to gain an understanding of how application architectures differ between .NET and J2EE.
    The Java patterns are also very interesting, especially when compared with those described in the J2EE design pattern specific books. Note that this book might best be described as "Enterprise Design Patterns for non J2EE systems". Some of the patterns can be used to implement DAOs (perhaps for a BMP entity bean). Many others are not really J2EE compliant (eg Identity Map). To some extent, the patterns would only form part of the J2EE container implementation.
    (However, "Server Component Patterns" by Volter, Schmid and Wolff provides a better coverage of the design patterns applicable to the design of a J2EE container).
    This book would certainly be useful to any one wrestling with the "are EJBs useful" question. It provides an excellent description of all the issues that need to be resolved for an industrial strength implementation.

    Unfortunately, there are many edit problems.
    For example, The MVC text uses both presentation and view interchangably. In one sentence, a typo causes this to be confused with model ("Fundamentally presentation and view are about different concerns" pg 331)
    Other problems merely affect the sentence construction. (eg ".. and they people specialize in ..." pg331`)
    These problems are the only reason that I did not give a 5 star rating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Design Patterns at the implementation level for J2EE, .NET
    This book is a little more implementation specific than the incredibly popular Gang of Four Design Patterns book. Many of the patterns, the Data Transfer Object pattern, for example, are fairly specific to the J2EE structural problem at hand. Other patterns, like the Lazy Load, are good architectural patterns on any platform. There is enough generic content to justify the purchase of the book for architects implementing on any platform (J2EE, .NET, PHP, etc.) but it does favor the two current platforms de jour; J2EE and .NET.

    One of the nice things about the book is how the code tends to de-emphasize the application container by doing most of the work in the raw database access systems (e.g. JDBC), which makes it easy to understand what is going on but will offend the true J2EE believer. This makes the patterns in the book accessible to anyone coding in any environment, which I greatly appreciate.

    One pet peeve is that some of the patterns are obvious shells for a single technique, such as the Transform View, which is really just XSLT. The text says as much, but shouldn't there be more than one example of a particular pattern in nature? It's just a pet peeve though, it's no reason to avoid the book.

    Overall, the book is well written and edited and the graphics add to the exposition but are not gratuitous. It's a useful guide for anyone looking to raise the level of the enterprise application (read web application) thought up to the next level.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Patterns for Modestly Large Systems
    Martin Fowler is a brand name for lucid ("UML distilled"), maturity enhancing ("Refactoring" for the practical side and the great "Analysis Patterns" for the modeling side) top notch books for software professionals. This book even has on its front cover a label telling us it is a "Martin Fowler Signature Book". This book was a disappointment. In the introduction Fowler claims much less. This book should be merely "useful". It is much better than that. It is good.

    So what is the problem? The title is misleading. It is about patterns, but not really about enterprise applications. I am not in the subject of enterprise applications. I never ever have touched a program like SAP or a language like COBOL. But I encountered nearly every problem addressed in the patterns. Even the money class has corresponding problems in other fields: a Voltage has both a value and a unit. Also having complaints about the fact that 3 times 33% are less than 100% are always common.

    What is this book about? It is basically about problems you have in moderately big applications. How do you connect a relational database with its structure and transactionality to a system, especially an object-oriented system (but not only)? And how do you connect to the user interface, especially a web interface. Also it contains a lot of useful small patterns at the end. As you can see: a lot of valuable stuff for many people. Yes and you get the deep judgments and fine humor of Martin Fowler too.

    What is the main problem? This book is not really suited for actual reading. It contains an introductory part of a hundred and a reference part of four hundred pages. The introduction part is annoying to read. It is at the same time too simple (Some knowledge of relational databases should be a requirement for this book, and much more...) and too difficult (An extremely lot of forward references to patterns described later in this book). Also a lot of stuff is in the most trivial sense repeated within a few pages distance only. And it is repeated down to the wording of the individual sentences.

    The reference part is a lot better. It gets better to read the further along you already read. The number of forward references gets less along the way. I liked especially the last part about base patterns. As their name already says they should have been much more to the beginning of the book.

    This book contains an excellent book within it, just waiting to be "refactored" out of this collection of valuable thoughts. I firmly believe that Martin Fowler is well suited to do this refactoring job. I do sincerely hope that he does it for the next edition of the book. Most of the work is already invested and the result would be very valuable for many people. It is possible to write excellent and readable books about patterns as for example Buschmann et al in "Pattern Oriented Software Architecture" showed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything Martin Fowler writes is 5 stars
    If you've read Refactoring or UML Distilled, or Planning XP, you won't be disappointed with this Fowler book. He's the clearest writer and thinker in the Agile/XP/Patterns group of authors.

    The book is particularly strong in describing how to map between a persistent relational database and an in-memory object representation of business logic. Fowler distills the various approaches to their essence, clearly presents the tradeoffs and defines an intuitive vocabulary to make it easier for development teams to discuss how the patterns apply to their unique application.

    Highly recommended. ... Read more


    6. MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
    by Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, KevinDittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
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    Asin: 0072932619
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-26)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
    Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
    This very important book will earn you course credit and also apply toward a valuable ICCP ACP or CCP certification, the standard for US Armed Forces and Government Agencies. This is not an easy certification to master or achieve, so pay attention to the detail in this book. The book terminology is relevant to the industry today, and the repetitive approach is geared toward an important cognitive technique: that you are more likely to remember something if you hear it or see it more than once. It's a wonder why somebody would bother with education, who is calling such important material 'garbage' or 'hi-tech dribble.' These people should re-examine why they are in school, why they are taking this class, and why they are reading this book? And it shouldn't be because mom or dad or anybody else wants you to. This book is designed to be interactive and therefore layered with repetition to enhance learning. It should be to LEARN as much information and technique as possible before getting a real-world job, where these skills make the difference. I was a software engineer, multi-level trained in the systems analysis and design standards of James Martin and Edward Yourdon, still applicable today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" tool for Systems Developement
    I was introduced to the 1994 version of this book during a Systems Analysis and Design class as part of a Master's Degree program. I was impressed with its thoroughness, and although, not necessarily written at an "entry-level", it is understandable to people possessing some background & experience in the systems development arena. I am a Quality Improvement Manager for a major telecommunications and system/software development company and I use it almost daily. This new version expands and updates information supplied in earlier versions of the book and incorporates a very thorough indoctrination into Object-Oriented (O-O) methodologies. I've seen this book being used as a text book in Mid-West and East coast Universities and colleges--in various areas of educational pursuit!! This is a cornerstone reference book in my library. Anyone serious about learning and maintaining sound methodologies, processess, procedures, and techniques in systems analysis and design should keep an updated version of this book handy--I do!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen, with a little room for improvement
    This book is simply the best I've seen on this topic to date. The authors present the material in order of the systems development life cycle, which I feel is of great value. Another thing adding value is the use of an adapted version of Zachman's framework.

    When I used this to teach class, I emphasized the development process, from the survey phase on. This book helped me do that well. Using the SDLC as a framework, the authors present specific and relevant skills, so a certain amount of repitition is unavoidable, even necessary. The chapter outlines of chapters 4, 9, 17 and 18 provide the life cycle framework. The chapters in between present the specific techniques and templates that are used to fill in the blanks.

    But there are opportunities to improve the book. There should be complete examples of all the important documents, not just outlines. A complete example helps the student visualize what the real deliverables will look like. The process modeling chapter should cover IDEF0 activity modeling and process mapping. Data modeling needs to mention relevant modeling tools like ERwin. (And there were a few errors here in the example.)

    Even so, this is a fine work that seems so lucid and well-structured that I still use it as a reference book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD PRICE USED & NEW
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Since its cheap I guess you can't lose too much
    But the book really was only marginally useful. It was written as a textbook but I don't really think that it gave a good understanding of Systems Analysis and Design, except for small systems design. ... Read more


    7. Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
    by Charles Petzold
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    Catlog: Book (1998-11-11)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    "Look it up in Petzold" remains the decisive last word in answering questions about Windows development. And in PROGRAMMING WINDOWS, FIFTH EDITION, the esteemed Windows Pioneer Award winner revises his classic text with authoritative coverage of the latest versions of the Windows operating system—once again drilling down to the essential API heart of Win32 programming. Topics include:• The basics—input, output, dialog boxes• An introduction to Unicode• Graphics—drawing, text and fonts, bitmaps and metafiles• The kernel and the printer• Sound and music• Dynamic-link libraries• Multitasking and multithreading• The Multiple-Document Interface• Programming for the Internet and intranetsPacked as always with definitive examples, this newest Petzold delivers the ultimate sourcebook and tutorial for Windows programmers at all levels working with Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT®. No aspiring or experienced developer can afford to be without it.An electronic version of this book is available on the companion CD. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid book on windows programming
    This book is excellent for learning windows programming. To the reviewer who complains about no c++ examples, the author clearly states in the first few pages of the book that his intention is to give an understanding of windows programming based on C and the underlying win32 API, which is the fundamental knowledge required for windows programming. Other OO architectures such as MFC can be very useful but hide from the programmer many details which can be important for someone trying to learn how windows programs work. Also, the complaint about no asserts in the book .. well, again, the author mentions in the book that he left them out (in most places) because it makes code less readable, and students are less likely to read and understand a long program full of error checking.

    Be warned, this book is huge, 1500 pages. Its not a book for those looking for a quick introduction to windows programming. Its intended to give an in-depth knowledge of windows programming and it does a very good job at that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on the Win32 API
    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn Windows programming using its native API. It is very readable and requires only a basic knowledge of C, so it is an excellent tutorial for beginners, but there is enough meat in it that it is quite useful for advanced programmers as well. The author explains everything clearly, thoroughly, and accurately. The numerous example programs he uses to illustrate his concepts are well-written and free of bugs.

    The book is peppered with occasional historical asides. If you can't stand historical asides, you may be frustrated, but it's understandable that a guy who's been programming Windows for 15 years will have a few stories to tell.

    The book has excellent, awesome, unbeatable, all-that-almost-anybody-would-ever-need coverage of: window procedures and messages, keyboard and mouse input, fonts and character sets/Unicode, the GDI (including mapping modes and metafiles), dialog boxes and child/MDI windows, palettes and bitmaps of all kinds, menus and resources, timers, and printing.

    The book has very good coverage, without going into the really advanced details, of: DLLs, multithreading, MIDI and wave audio, Winsock, and internet functions.

    Notable omissions are: registry functions, file I/O, COM/OLE/ActiveX controls, Setup applications, the Shell (links, namespace extensions, screen savers, WinHelp), and the common controls (toolbars, sliders, tree views, property sheets/wizards, list views and header controls).

    Despite its omissions, this book is well worth its money for anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about the Windows API.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what you are looking for.
    This is an absolutely golden book. Don't be intimidated by the page count or the title - this book is actually a very easy to use ground up tutorial in Win32 programming. He starts out talking about the basics and then slowly moves into more advanced topics.

    As always it's important to know what a book is NOT. This book is not a tutorial for writing windows applications, nor does it discuss MFC or most of the common methods used today for rapidly producing computer programs. This is not REALLY a reference book on win32 either.

    Instead it provides a tutorial-style documentation for the monstrous win32 API at its most fundamental levels. This book sets the standard for all other code written for any modern version of windows. It addresses real world issues and real world solutions to those problems (such as the chapter dedicated to making unicode friendly programs), as well as some historical issues (the difference between wParam and lParam).

    No manual is without its flaws. This book is a bit too braod spectrum in the detail levels. There are places in the book where he will delve into details that you could care less about, and there are points that he will put in two or three sentences and assume you understand, although you may not.

    Despite this, this book is essential to everyone writing code for Microsoft Windows (ANY version). You needn't read it cover to cover, but readiny section I (about 1/3 of the book) is essential. My one wish is that this book came in three volumes, if you haul it between home and school/office it gets to be buronsome. That's about all I can really complain about with this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars outdated
    This book will be outdated soon, wait for the 6th edition. There are also much more concise books on the market that teach windows programming.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A bit out-dated, Wait for a newer edition
    I think this is a excellent book if you want to learn Windows 98 programming. I think the book is not worth $40 because the book is 6 years old, and the material you learn will be outdated soon. Since Microsoft is going to release Windows Longhorn which will include Avalon, the book will slowly become obsolete. I suggest waiting for the sixth edition that will most likely be released when Windows Longhorn is released. ... Read more


    8. The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
    by RalphKimball, MargyRoss
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    Asin: 0471200247
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-12)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 7925
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Single most authoritative guide from the inventor of the technique.
    * Presents unique modeling techniques for e-commerce, and shows strategies for optimizing performance.
    * Companion Web site provides updates on dimensional modeling techniques, links related to sites, and source code where appropriate.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Wisdom
    There are a lot of data warehousing books out there that try to answer the question: 'Why'? Why data warehouses are needed to help businesses make better decisions - why the OLTP systems that run the business can't do this - and sometimes even why businesses ought to invest in data warehouses. These books were terrifically useful to us years ago, when we needed help (and scholarly footnotes) in our data warehouse project proposals.

    This book is not one of those - it is all about: 'How'.

    How to actually design and build a repository that will deliver real value to real people. In this reviewer's opinion, Ralph Kimball's many contributions related to the 'how' of data warehousing stand alone.

    An engineer trying to just-start data warehouse expertise would have to read Ralph's Data Warehouse Toolkit first edition, his Data Webhouse Toolkit... a bunch of Intelligence Enterprise magazine articles... AND lurk on the Data Warehousing List Server...for a few years (all terrific resources - by the way) - in order to stockpile the knowledge that is crisply presented here.

    No shortcuts that I can spot: all of the toughest dimensional design issues that I've tripped on - and can remember surfacing on in discussion groups over the past few years - are addressed in this significantly updated text. Not all of the solutions are 'pretty' - but it is clear that they thoughtfully address the problem. This rings true to my God-given 'bs' detector.

    The authors have been listening to and addressing the data warehouse community's 'pain' through periodicals and posts - but this book pulls these point solutions together very nicely. I learned a surprising number of really useful new techniques, and was genuinely enlightened by the 'Present Imperatives and Future Outlook' section.

    As in the first edition, there is minimal philosophical lecturing, and zero religion - perhaps the only reason to hesitate in describing it as the 'bible' of dimensional data warehousing. Authors of 'bibles' sometimes appear to be handcuffed by their need to be perceived as infallible - such is not the case here. Instead, we get generous helpings of real-world case studies - aptly used to illustrate a progressively more advanced series of design concepts.

    This style absolutely works for me. And I suspect that engineering mindsets typical of the folks that build these things will surely agree.

    In short, the Data Warehouse Toolkit Second Edition will significantly lighten the load of books that I carry between data warehouse engagements...

    5-0 out of 5 stars As essential as the first edition
    I was undecided if I should buy this book after having read the first edition, but I'm happy I did.
    The second edition updates many of the concepts contained in the first and includes some new chapters on hot topics like CRM and Telecommunications (which is the most important sector for dw at least here in Italy where I live).
    I think that Kimball books are everything that's needed to design good, robust and flexible data warehouses, and this book maintains his high quality standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you dont have it you ain't a Datawarehouse developer
    The mandatory bible for any datawarehouse developer. Complete with examples and case studies, it will satisfy beginners as well as experienced professionals. I began with this.. and havent finished using it yet!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best
    This book simply is the best data warehouse book in the market, and an absolute must-read if you are in Data Warehouse field. The best part about this book is that it's not hogged down with technical non-sense, and it's quite easy to read and understand. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Indispensible Book
    After six years of creating data warehouse applications, making a plethora of mistakes and learning stuff the hard way, I wish I had had this book at the start! Every other page offers a solution to some problem or other that I have had. In the project I am just starting I am facing new challenges and am finding help with them as well. The best part is how solutions I used in the past which were appropriate for those problems are contrasted with solutions for problems like the ones I am facing now. Almost as bad as solving a problem the wrong way (or overlooking it entirely) is reusing an old solution that does not fit the new problem. This book clearly spells out when each solution is appropriate. I can not speak too highly about how useful this book will be for you! ... Read more


    9. QuickBooks 2004 The Official Guide
    by KathyIvens, Kathy Ivens
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    Asin: 0072231394
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-21)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 12475
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    “Intuit-approved and loaded with secrets, Quicken Press books provide you with recipes for financial success.”--Scott Cook, Co-founder, Intuit, Inc.

    The only official guide to QuickBooks 2004, this information-packed resource teaches users of all levels how to manage their finances for business or home. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Reference Book Only - Don't buy to learn to use Quickbooks!
    I bought this book to learn how to use QuickBooks properly after my accountant noticed a few major issues with how I tracked things in my company file. I found this book worthless for a beginner trying to learn how to use the product. Also, it doesn't seem to provide significantly more detail than QuickBooks online help. The only thing I've used it for so far is learning a good account naming scheme...

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has everything you need
    This book not only has clear explanations about how to perform every bookkeeping chore in Quickbooks, it also explains what's going on in the background so you can understand how your profit and loss numbers accumulated. Beyond that, this book has important and useful information about workarounds for all the Quickbooks functions that are annoying if you or your accountant don't want to do things the "Quickbooks way". The explanations and tips about setting up sales tax, overcoming bank reconciliation problems, tracking inventory, and managing customers are beautifully written and easy to understand. My accountant said he learned from it and took what he learned to his other Quickbooks customers. This book lets you get the most out of QuickBooks, and shows you how to run your business properly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Resource
    This book has the most accurate information on all the Quickbooks features, and the explanations are so easy to follow that it's like having a private tutor. No matter what you need to do, this book has instructions, even if you don't want to do things the way Quickbooks normally works. These workarounds, along with all the "insider" information and tips, make this book an incredibly useful, wonderful, guide to getting everything you need out of Quickbooks. ... Read more


    10. WCDMA for UMTS : Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications
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    Asin: 0470870966
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-03)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 50850
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Written by leading experts in the field, the first edition of WCDMA for UMTS quickly became established as the best-selling and most highly respected book on the air interface of 3G cellular systems. 
    Fully revised and updated the third edition now covers the key features of 3GPP Release ‘6 ensuring its position as the leading principal resource in this constantly progressing area.

    Features new sections on:

    • Multicasting MBMS
    • End-to-end performance
    • WCDMA field measurements
    • Smart antenna beamforming in WCDMA
    • Enhanced uplink DCH concept – beyond 3GPP Rel’6
    • Chinese TD-SCDMA
    • An IMS Case Study

    The third edition provides a deep understanding of the WCDMA air interface, its capabilities and its optimal usage  - the key to success in the UMTS business, making this practical approach highly accessible to operators, network and terminal manufacturers, service providers, university students and frequency regulators. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read "a different" book before this one.
    Otherwise it might be somehow confusing. This book is a must for professionals as another reviewer stated but it is not very suitable as the first book on UMTS technologies. This book serves best as supplementary reading. For example new-beginner readers might get confused talkink about SIP at the first chapter before explaining W-CDMA and core-network layout. Anyway, this book contains wealth of information on UMTS technologies and warmly recommended for serious readers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but not lucid
    Its a good book for starters and people getting to know the subject of wcdma and umts. But, the language is very bland and looks more of an ieee paper. Recommended for people who are indireclty associated with umts or similar products.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Useful compilation of standards, if you need them
    If you like to read standards or have to in the course of your work, this book offers a useful and succinct compilation. Other than that, there is nothing to recommend this book as it does not help improve your understanding. Then again, this is not the kind of book which people who do not have to work with standards will want to read.

    There is a short chapter on cdma2000 at the end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for newbies, must for pros
    This book delivers exactly what it promises: a profound, compact and clear description of WCDMA for UMTS. The reader is expected to understand quite advanced concepts of mobile communications, hence it is not a good book for managers who want to know what 3G is all about nor for undergraduate students who want to learn cellular system basics. It is an excellent book for experienced network planners, protocol designers or research engineers, for example, who want to move from 2G to 3G. Simple test: if you don't know what are Erlang-B, orthogonal codes or layered protocol architecture, you want to study them first from another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars umts
    With UMTS you must read what you can get - unfortunately what you can get is not aleays what you want - so with this book. Although the authors seem well informed, they are not god communicators - their explanations are alternatively trivial or incomprehensible, their diagrams, in most cases copied slavishly from the specifications, explain nothing. Perhaps this book is useful as a reference after the subject is comprehended. Comprehension does not lie here. ... Read more


    11. Design Patterns
    by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
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    Asin: 0201633612
    Catlog: Book (1995-01-15)
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    Sales Rank: 2297
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    Design Patterns is a modern classic in the literature of object-oriented development, offering timeless and elegant solutions to common problems in software design. It describes patterns for managing object creation, composing objects into larger structures, and coordinating control flow between objects. The book provides numerous examples where using composition rather than inheritance can improve the reusability and flexibility of code. Note, though, that it's not a tutorial but a catalog that you can use to find an object-oriented design pattern that's appropriate for the needs of your particular application--a selection for virtuoso programmers who appreciate (or require) consistent, well-engineered object-oriented designs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, and still applies
    This book helps those less-experienced with OO design to see the true power of OOD, most notably polymorphism and decoupling. I thought I understood before, but I now have a much better understanding of the usefulness of interfaces and upcasting, and why composition is often a better solution than implementation inheritance.

    I chose to read this book while I was learning Java. For me, it worked well to read one pattern per day and try to get the most out of it. Reading several patterns back to back will likely get exhausting for most. The presentation of the book is very conceptual and academic. Even ten pages of reading may fill your head for a while. So be warned that you will not likely knock this one out in a couple sittings!

    This book also provides the reader an education on the importance of patterns in general. Although the current world of web services and stateless objects will deemphasize the usefulness of some of these "classic" patterns, the IDEAS layed out in this book (interfaces, layers of indirection, etc.) will hopefully help all of us discover next generation of patterns.

    My only wish is that they would come out with a new edition of this book that:

    a) Documents code in Java (those not knowing C++/Smalltalk may struggle)

    b) Chooses less technical examples (e.g., a pattern demonstrated on a payroll application instead of a compiler subsystem)

    c) Updates to the current version of UML (although the current modeled documentation is not bad)

    d) Provides new patterns that help people with wireless, Internet, web services, stateless objects, etc.

    e) Changes the tone to be a little less academic (this is really just a nitpick)

    All in all, this was a very useful book and was worth the brain strain it required to read and grasp it's concepts. It has aged well despite being written prior to the WWW becoming a household word.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All programmers should read this book
    Design Patterns
    This book is a classic computer science text. This is probably the one computer book that every computer programmer and software developer should read. It will definately have an immediate impact on the code you write. Unlike most computer books, which have a shelf measured in months, this book has lasted the test of time, and will likely be relavent for many years. (At least as long as object-oriented programming languages are used!)
    This book uses C++ and Smalltalk to code the examples, but don't worry about that. There are plenty of books that are basically "rewrites" of this book using Java or other langauges, but it doesn't matter what language your programming. I recommend this book over any other patterns book because these guys invented the subject. The patters can be programmed in any language, and you don't have to be a C++ or Smalltalk expert to understand them.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fall asleep while reading this book
    There is nothing new here for an experienced developer. It MAY be useful for fresh graduates but I am not sure. It would be more appropriate for designers to come up with real patterns that solve real problems, not just follow patterns stated in this book, which are mostly over-kill or far away from real world. Can't understand why so many people gave it high ratings, and even more people talking about patterns with so much proud.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changes The Way You Think
    After a few years of OOP, a co-worker of mine suggested I read this book. After glancing through it for a few minutes I knew this book was full of content that would make me a better problem solver. Without even knowing it, I was using patterns explained in this book. By reading this book though, I was able to make my problem solving skills better. I looked at writing software a whole different way after reading this book. For example, the "Proxy" helped me make sense ofo the NSProxy class in AppKit, and as a result I was able to make better sense of distributed objects. Anyone who does any sort of software development NEEDS this book. I recommend having two, one for the office and one for home! :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will change the wake you develop software
    When I first saw this in the bookstore, I didn't really know what to make of it. Intending only to glance quickly through it, I found myself immersed in the new and exciting world of design patterns.

    The first 70 pages or so of the book take you through the creation of MS Word type of word processor showing you the patterns used to achieve its design. The rest of the book serves as a reference for the 24 design patterns, and includes small examples, as well consequences of each pattern.

    If you have not yet studied design patterns, then I suggest you begin with this book. You can not survive in a true development environment without them. ... Read more


    12. Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
    by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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    Asin: 0131483986
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-04)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 40905
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    The Deitels' groundbreaking How to Program series offers unparalleled breadth and depth of programming concepts and intermediate-level topics for further study. The books in this series feature hundreds of complete, working programs with thousands of lines of code. This edition is completely up-to-date with The Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.5. Now includes topics such as autoboxing, enumerations, enhanced for loops, static import statements, variable-length argument lists, and much more. Presents each new concept in the context of a complete, working program, immediately followed by one or more windows showing the program's input/output dialog. Enhances the Live-Code Approach with syntax coloring. Provides Helpful Programming Tips, all marked by icons: Good Programming Practices, Common Programming Errors, Error-Prevention Tips, Performance Tips, Portability Tips, Software Engineering Observations, Look and Feel Observations. Includes CD-ROM with every book that contains JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.5, Netbeans, Apache Tomcat, JCreator LE version, jEdit, jGRASP, BlueJ, MySQL, source code for all the book's examples, and Hyperlinks to valuable Java demos and Internet resources. A valuable reference for programmers and anyone interested in learning the Java programming language.

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    13. Hibernate in Action (In Action series)
    by Christian Bauer, Gavin King
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    Asin: 193239415X
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Manning Publications
    Sales Rank: 3590
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    Both an introduction to the theoretical aspects of automated object/relational mapping and a practical guide to using Hibernate, this resource provides extensive sample codes to implement an online auction application. Object persistence and the object/relational mismatch problem are discussed with an emphasis on the importance of Plain Old Java Objects. More advanced ORM concepts and techniques are introduced, such as the impact of ORM on application architecture and development processes along with specific techniques for achieving high performance. Effective uses for Hibernate's developer tool set are demonstrated. ... Read more


    14. Modeling Derivatives in C++ (Wiley Finance)
    by JustinLondon
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    Catlog: Book (2004-09-17)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 7087
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    This book is the definitive and most comprehensive guide to modeling derivatives in C++ today. Providing readers with not only the theory and math behind the models, as well as the fundamental concepts of financial engineering, but also actual robust object-oriented C++ code, this is a practical introduction to the most important derivative models used in practice today, including equity (standard and exotics including barrier, lookback, and Asian) and fixed income (bonds, caps, swaptions, swaps, credit) derivatives. The book provides complete C++ implementations for many of the most important derivatives and interest rate pricing models used on Wall Street including Hull-White, BDT, CIR, HJM, and LIBOR Market Model. London illustrates the practical and efficient implementations of these models in real-world situations and discusses the mathematical underpinnings and derivation of the models in a detailed yet accessible manner illustrated by many examples with numerical data as well as real market data. A companion CD contains quantitative libraries, tools, applications, and resources that will be of value to those doing quantitative programming and analysis in C++. Filled with practical advice and helpful tools, Modeling Derivatives in C++ will help readers succeed in understanding and implementing C++ when modeling all types of derivatives. ... Read more


    15. Photoshop CS2 Workflow: The Digital Photographer's Guide
    by Tim Grey
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    Asin: 0782143962
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-29)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 780
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This highly anticipated full-color book from best-selling author Tim Grey is the first workflow-oriented guide to Photoshop. If you're a digital photographer interested in maximizing the quality of your images using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, here is your definitive guide to image optimization. Emphasizing the processes for making images as good as they can be, topics covered in this book include: sorting images, RAW conversion, basic adjustments and cleanup, advanced adjustments, automation, and output processing. An accompanying website provides you with images from the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A What to Do When Book, Not a How to do it.
    When you first start working with digital photographs, that is beyond the shoot and store on hard disk, you wind up working with Photoshop. And when you start working with Photoshop, you are faced with a bewildering assortment of things that you can do. You're going to spend lots of time with your computer. If you're like most of us, you will try this and that, and eventually find that you can spend an enormous amount of time manipulating an image. Some of the things produce dramatic impact, many do not.

    Most people want to go shoot pictures and not spend too much time staring at a computer. This book is about applying some organization to using Photoshop. If you follow a procedure to first look at your pictures, then decide what to do and in what order, you can get better pictures faster, leaving more time to go shoot more.

    This book is about all of these steps. It is a mixture of what to do to an image (it is not a how to do it, that's a Photoshop book), in what order, and how to wind up with a spectacular picture quickly.

    This is a different concept from any of the Photoshop books I've read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE definitive new digital photography book
    Tim has done it again! His new book, Photoshop CS2 Workflow; The Digital Photographer's Guide is a "must read" for all levels of digital photographers.Easy to read and well organized, it is an excellent guide in helping to optimize our digital images.

    Dr. Ben Pridemore, Jr.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Work To Date
    Yes, I know, you can't exactly trust a review posted by the author of the book. But I can honestly tell you this book is my proudest writing achievement to date. I'm very happy with the final result, and think all photographers will find it incredibly helpful as they try to develop an appropriate workflow for optimizing their images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An advanced subject made easy to understand!
    Tim's books have all been excellent and this one is no exception! His writing is especially easy to follow. With all the new features offered in Photoshop CS2, beginners will especially appreciate all the well placed screenshots that go along with his instruction. There's no guessing as to what is being talked about! ... Read more


    16. Microsoft Office 2003 Illustrated Introductory (Illustrated Series)
    by David Beskeen, Carol Cram, Jennifer Duffy, Lisa Friedrichsen, Elizabeth Eisner Reding
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    Asin: 0619057890
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-09)
    Publisher: Course Technology
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    A part of the Illustrated series offering a visual, flexible approach to learning the basic Microsoft Office 2003 skills. ... Read more


    17. Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
    by Carl Chatfield, Timothy Johnson, PMP Carl Chatfield, MCP Timothy Johnson
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    Asin: 0735619557
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-24)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 2732
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This practical, hands-on tutorial expertly builds your skills with Microsoft Office Project 2003—one step at a time! With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and practice exercises to learn exactly the tools and techniques you need. Discover how to develop a project plan with tasks, resources, and assignments; create reports; manage multiple projects and dependencies; and track progress and costs while making real-time adjustments. Plus you’ll learn about improvements in team collaboration using SharePoint™ Team Services, Project Web Access, Project Server, and more. The book also makes a great on-the-job desk reference. The companion CD includes a 60-day trial version of the Prjoect Standard 2003 software, as well as demos of Project Standard and Enterprise Project Management.The CD also gives you practice files you can use as you learn, and the Microsoft Office System Reference pack, which contains templates and clip art, and eBook ofStep by Step, and four other eBooks:the Microsoft Office System Quick Reference; the Insider's Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003; the Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition; and Introducing the Tablet PC.Designed for beginner and intermediate level users, STEP BY STEP puts you in charge of developing the skills you need, exactly when you need them! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best one on the shelves
    I want to make comment on this book because this is the best one for Project 2003. I read some books about MS Project 2003 but all look like I can read the same things from Help File or Online Help. In this book you will get the example step by step to help you understand the basic behind. You can do the same thing with more understanding (more and more....) when compare to the thick one.
    This is not only good for the professional but also good for the amateur. The price is right, do not confuse with the thickness of the book when compare with other book. ... Read more


    18. Enterprise Integration Patterns : Designing, Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions
    by Gregor Hohpe, Bobby Woolf
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    Asin: 0321200683
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-10)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
    Sales Rank: 5486
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Message Pattern Language
    This a book about enterprise integration solutions, authors claim that they are technology neutral, it is true. In the examples and implementations, they chose 3 most popular messaging frameworks to illustrate the patterns. However, they are pretty biased toward messaging as the "better" solution to enterprise integration strategy. It may have a lot of edges over the other approaches, sometimes it is just easy to use a simple wrapper/facade to do the integration. But I guess authors really intend to push their messaging solutions as the subtitle indicates.

    Having said that, this is an excellent book of message pattern language, which I believe is the first one introducing the interesting topic. The books touches from the architectural patterns, e.g., messaging bus, pipe and filters, to common design patterns, e.g., publish/subscribe, request/reply, to some patterns that most MOMs provide as integrated solutions, e.g., durable subscriber, message filter, message expiration etc. With all these patterns at hand, a system architect would be able to craft a messaging pattern-oriented enterprise integration architecture by applying the appropriate patterns compositely.

    The book would be better if authors describe some patterns implementation in more detail. E.g., it would be interesting to see how the message expiration is implemented, does the message contain a timer or the message channel monitor each individual message from start up? How does the channel interact with the message and check the expiry? Guaranteed delivery is another example. I know most of these implementation details only interest MOM developers, whereas pattern users are only interested in how and when to apply the patterns, but now that the book is about patterns themselves, implementation details would be appreciated.

    Since all the patterns introduced in the book form a messaging pattern language, knowing each pattern's strength and limitation under the context, scope and different forces, and how it interacts with other patterns to form a bigger(composite) pattern are essential to grasp the pattern language. A collaboration diagram to show each pattern's transition/migration/composition to each other would be helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
    Enterprise Integration Patterns is part of Addison-Wesley's new Martin Fowler Signature Series, which Fowler's Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture (PoEAA) is also a part of. I was very satisfied with PoEAA and the same can be said about Enterprise Integration Patterns. It has the potential to become a classic.

    The authors' writing style is a pleasure to read -- no ambiguous statements, no unnecessary babbling. The book is structured to suit both cover-to-cover reading and a "dive-in" approach for situations where you're looking for a solution to a particular problem. After an introduction to the field of enterprise integration, and a discussion of why the book concentrates on the messaging integration style in particular, the reader is given a hierarchical catalog of patterns revolving around a small set of "core" patterns. The book's coverage is in my opinion very well scoped.

    I must also praise the look of the book; besides the layout being familiar from prior works and the proven pattern catalog structuring, the authors have used graphics very efficiently. Not only the authors define a vocabulary for integration patterns, but they have also come up with an expressive visual language for illustrating the patterns using simple notations that can be easily drawn without CASE tools.

    I found only two downsides for this book. First, the title can be slightly misleading as the book focuses on messaging as an integration style and only briefly mentions alternatives such as RPC, file transfer, and shared databases. However, I don't know a single person who doesn't read the back cover before buying a book, so I wouldn't count this as a big issue. Furthermore, the reason for focusing on messaging is thoroughly argued in the book. The second downside is the code examples, which are presented using varying languages and products and seem somehow disconnected from the text.

    In summary, Enterprise Integration Patterns is a great book. It's worth reading and re-reading if you're working with systems integration projects or writing integration software yourself. Yet another book that makes me think, "I wish I had it back then..."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Architects guide
    Overall I am quite impressed with the quality of this book. The authors took a great look at the patterns involved in messaging architectures as traditionally practiced in EAI applications. If you are an experienced architect, you will find the patterns applied to many enterprise applications. If you don't have a few large-scale type projects under your belt, you won't think many of the suggestions are useful, applicable, or even necessary. If you do, though, reading this book will be well worth your time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best technical book of 2004
    I had been waiting for this book for several years. There are many good books on software architecture using synchronous communication, but nothing on asynchronous communication --- the typical scheme when connecting existing applications. This is surprising since the underlying products (MQ, MSMQ, WebMethods, Vitria, etc.) have been around for a while, some for more than 10 years, and the techniques have become increasingly well understood by the practitioners. There are even some books on the individual products --- several on MQ for example --- but nothing more general about how to use messaging, message routing, and message transformation to build a larger system.

    This is the book I had been waiting for. Furthermore the authors have avoided the usual three pitfalls of technical books: it is well organized, it well written, and it is deep treatment, not at all superficial.

    The book is organized into 65 patterns (in the manner of the classic _Design Patterns_). Each pattern shows one typical problem in integrating applications, and how it is solved. Each pattern gives enough implementation details so it is clear how it would work, and an example or two so it is clear how it works in practice. For example the Message Expiration pattern addresses the problem of "How can a sender of a message indicate when a message should be considered stale and thus shouldn't be processed?"

    The writing in this book is clear. For example "A Message Expiration is like the expiration date on a milk carton. After that date, you shouldn't drink the milk." The authors have also invented icons for each of their patterns. Their icon language allows a integration architecture to be visuallized in a way that UML does not provide.

    Amongst the 11 pattern-describing chapters are 3 "interludes", chapter-length examples that explain a problem, show how patterns can combined to solve it, and then provide implementations in different technologies (JMS, .Net, TIBCO, MSMQ, etc.).

    My only beef with this book is that it is long and dense: almost 700 pages. I bought it in late December 2003 and I am only finishing it now. But it is hard to say what should have been cut. Certainly none of the patterns are unnecessary, and the decription of each feels like about the right length. The interludes are also useful for seeing how the patterns fit together. So maybe this book just needs to be 700 pages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Wonderful Book
    Gregor has a gift for explaining design patterns. We were trying to explain the problems with passing a large file up and down a messaging bus to our bioinformatics users, when I ran across Enterprise Integration Patterns. As soon as I showed the Claim Check pattern to our designers, they got it instantly. Five of my colleagues purchased the book, and we asked Gregor to come teach a class on it. This is the best written book on design patterns I've seen. I reallly like the list of patterns inside the book cover -- nice terse explanation, and great mnemonic icons. ... Read more


    19. Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide
    by Craig Larman
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    Asin: 0131111558
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-15)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
    This is the best book I have ever read about modern software development methodologies. I never really understood the difference between the UP (Unified Process) and the RUP (Rational Unified Process) before I read this book. Now I understand the differences very well. I also didn't really have a good understanding of the main iterative methodologies: Scrum, XP, UP, and Evo. I had heard and read a little about all of these methodologies, but until I read this book, I didn't realize how little I knew. If you would like to learn more about agile and iterative development and how it compares to the traditional waterfall software development methodology, you need to buy this book. Also, if you are having trouble getting your management team to buy in to agile and iterative software development, buy this book. It will give you all of the ammunition you need to convince them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive look at proven methods
    If ever there is a book that should be part of a college-level software engineering curriculum as well as carefully read by software engineering development and project managers this is it. Every major iterative development methodology is covered in complete detail, with an emphasis on Agile methods, and a solid business and technical case is provided for the general approach.

    Why make a case for? As difficult as it may be to believe, the waterfall method is still prevalent despite the large body of literature on rapid, iterative development SDLCs. Indeed, I have worked in environments that claimed to embrace the RUP as the enterprise methodology in principle, yet in practice projects were planned and managed using the waterfall SDLC. Why the disconnect? Managers were set in their ways and had no true understanding of the mechanics or value of Agile and iterative development methods.

    This book can change that because each major approach is carefully described using the following format for easy comparison and to clearly show strengths and weaknesses:
    Method Overview
    Lifecycle
    Workproducts, Roles, and Practices
    Values
    Common Mistakes and Misunderstandings
    Sample Projects
    Process Mixtures
    Adoption Strategies
    Fact versus Fantasy
    Strengths versus "Other"

    More importantly, these approaches are placed in the context of the benefits of incremental delivery, with clearly presented evidence of the benefits, which is provided in Chapter 6.

    Regardless of biases or preferences, any objective reader will come away with a clear sense of the meaning of 'Agile' and the power and value of iterative development. You will also come away with a good frame of reference with which to compare your own organization's approach to development and delivery, and how to improve it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had had this book ten years ago
    During the spring semester 2004, I am teaching a course in software engineering. As a major class project, we are developing an application that will scan C/C++ code looking for potential security problems. In my opinion, there is only one way that a class of this type can develop a project of any significance. That is using an agile/iterative development model, where there is a little design, a little coding, a little testing and then go back to design. When I taught software engineering last spring, we used the same model, but were not as agile. Our iterations were longer and we pushed some of the more difficult tasks to the end. As the students noted, "we coded carefully at the start, but then just wanted to get it done at the end."
    While this scenario might seem to be a problem, I found it gratifying, because it is just like the real world. The authors of this book are also firmly set in the world of software development. While reading it, I was constantly saying to myself, "It is about time." The reason for this singular conversation was that they completely disrespect the waterfall model of software development. In retrospect the use of the waterfall model is similar to the strict use of the word engineering in software development. Namely, the beliefs that the practice of building software development is just like building a bridge or a building. By thinking that all of the parameters can first be determined and then you build the software, an enormous amount of time, effort and expense had been wasted. Software development is a very dynamic process, one where circumstances are in a constant state of oscillation that gets damped down to a limit point as the project nears completion.
    The waterfall model is one that is implicitly taught in school as well, but the only way we get away with it is because most of the programs that students write are small, well within the bounds of having hard parameters. Therefore, it is possible to completely design the program before coding it. In my experience with students fresh out of college, the two concepts they have the most difficulty with in their first job is the constantly changing requirements and the fact that they will know only a small part of the complete application they are building. And so, all educators must place more emphasis on dealing with changing requirements, and this book is an excellent place to start.
    Fortunately, the movement towards object-oriented programming and encapsulation has made the change to iterative development easier. A programmer no longer has to be as concerned about possible data and method interactions/conflicts as they had to be when everything was visible to all.
    I was sold on the iterative method of software development over a decade ago, when I started a job as a software developer. We were building a new product and received changing requirements on a weekly and sometimes almost daily basis. Quite frankly, we had no choice but to adopt an agile development style. I wish I had had this book with me at that time, it would have saved us a lot of stumbling around as we tried to deal with everything.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!
    "Agile and Iterative Development" is a 'must read' for anyone involved in leading, managing, or doing software development. I have been using iterative methodologies for many years. Despite this, not only did I learn many things I did not know about the process, but it also gave me very useful information and statistics on the benefits of using it that I found useful when defending the approach against more traditional waterfall methodologies. Most interesting is discussions on practical applications when dealing with customers/clients that expect waterfall - a problem I have been dealing with for a long time. I bought several copies to distribute to my staff and I even refer to it in my resume where I discuss my ideal development approach.
    This book was read and re-read with enthusiasm - it sits deservedly on my classics shelf next to Brook's Mythical Man Month. Get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant effort
    Craig Larman has covered the breadth and depth of agile methods. The hint's and tips are invaluable. A Great book. ... Read more


    20. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
    by Ken Schwaber
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    Asin: 073561993X
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-10)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
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    Apply the principles of Scrum, one of the most popular agile programming methods, to software project management—and focus your team on delivering real business value. Author Ken Schwaber, a leader in the agile process movement and a co-creator of Scrum, brings his vast expertise to helping you guide the product and software development process more effectively and efficiently. Help eliminate the ambiguity into which so many software projects are borne, where vision and planning documents are essentially thrown over the wall to developers. This high-level reference describes how to use Scrum to manage complex technology projects in detail, combining expert insights with examples and case studies based on Scrum. Emphasizing practice over theory, this book explores every aspect of using Scrum, focusing on driving projects for maximum return on investment. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Agile PM through case studies
    Ken Schwaber, the co-founder of Scrum, presents a text of case studies based on his experience helping teams implement Scrum.

    Each case is a mini-retrospective focusing on topics such as planning a scrum project, project reporting, team formation, and team member responsibilites. Ken presents the situation, the application of a scrum practice, the lessons learned, and a conclusion. The chapters can be browsed and read out of order.

    For those not familiar with Scrum, there is a useful appendix which covers the rules and practices of Scrum.

    For those who learn through case studies, I highly recommend this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dale Carnegie revisited
    If you have read any of Dale Carnegie's books you will see that all you are getting is a series of anecdotes. It takes a while to get to the essence of the book, where a few pages could have done that in the upfront chapters, then the gumpf could have filled the rest. If you think about it, you are a manager with little time who wants to implement the system, analogous to the scrum master holding the 15 minute daily meeting: I feel the book should have been written like that - have the chapter overview, have the introductory facts ie rules then do the work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real world guide to implementing Scrum correctly.
    Our organization recently implemented Scrum, and although the
    Beedle/Schwaber book was great to get us off the ground on Scrum
    theory, we immediately had many questions once we actually tried to implement it in real life projects. I agree with the notion that Scrum is conceptually easy to understand, but actually quite complex to implement correctly. The scrum forum has been helpful, but we really needed a cohesive reference of situational problems. The APMWS book really hit the nail on the head and delivered what we needed the most: a practical guide to Scrum with anecdotes and "what happens if..." situations from real world Scrum implementations. This came just in time for us, and we are feeling more confident for our upcoming certification class.

    The appendices in the back are also very helpful. The "Rules"
    appendix is perfect as a quick introduction to Scrum for new Team
    members and Product Owners. It's actually quite detailed for being such a short appendix.

    Also, for newbies the three main Roles are very nicely explained. We had some misconceptions that were immediately addressed by this book.

    Anyway, from a Scrum newbie that is faced with implementation issues, thanks to Ken for putting together a real world implementation guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use
    Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development.

    I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes.

    I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn't go perfectly-including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers.

    Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by "feeling it" rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects. ... Read more


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