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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
First Class solid intro to Win32


I've found the basic WIN32 topic well covered. However, I've been looking for a good discussion of the List View and other common controls. Most of them are basically ignored in this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems, Eighth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: C.J. Date
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Introduction to Databases,


C J. DATE is one the most important researcher about databases, and his work is dedicated to explain in simple terms, those that in other forms will be too much difficult to understand: like real methodology of normalization or the BNF Notation, very usefull when is neccesary read the ANSI/ISO Standars, or the Boyce/Codd Normal Form.In 1990 i read Date for the first time, i need to review his Powerfull Introduction again, but C.J Date do not write in order to "Perform a Database Design, in 24 hours" , he write to understand, first, what really are in Database World, the semantics of data, the Codd Theory, The importance of ERD of P.Chen, he doesn't write a HelpDesignBook!To read a Date's Book is find the core of Database Theory and is the first step to have succefull in a design process.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Misleading title...really unifed content creation


I was disappointed that the book was really focused on how to create reusable elements that go into product information such as data sheets, marketing collateral, technical support, etc. It focused on auditing the content, finding the reusability elements across departments, then designing an appropriate hierarchy on top of a content management system. It assumed that content drives the information architecture when in most applications it is the business processes that drive the architecture. It ignored the majority of enterprise content like email, word docs, design specs, forms, etc. that make up the real information content of the enterprise.
If you are someone who creates lots of documentation deliverables in paper, electronic and web formats and need to get costs under control, this is probably a good book. If you are considering a Content Management System to better manage a number of business processes and all the documents that make them go, this is a poor choice for those efforts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well written with excellent examples


This book is probably the most useful book you will find about Python.
The first 95 pages provide a very well written and well structured tutorial and overview of the Python language. Although not intended as an introduction for beginners, anybody with sound programming skills and experience in another object oriented language would find it readable. For someone with a small amount of experience in Python, this is an excellent read with great examples and clear explanations of all the Python constructs. Beazley also covers some other interesting areas like 'Performance and Memory Considerations'
The next 200 pages form a detailed reference for the Python Library. While not covering the complete Python Library (which is ever changing), the author has taken time to provide clear new examples for the most useful of these functions. Only the very obscure functions are missing and this reference should prove useful to any Python programmer.
The last 30 pages cover the topic of Extending and embedding Python. This section is for the advanced user only and will probably only prove useful if you intend to integrate C and Python applications.
The book is well written, and well presented, with excellent examples throughout.