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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML and the Unified Process: Practical Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Arlow, Ila Neustadt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
very well layed out


This is the first book I have read on this subject. I read various articles I found on the internet that explained the syntax of UML but none of those resources explained how to use it. This is exactly what this book does.
I think what I like most about this book is the way it is set out. The way they have used their numbering system makes it easy to reference back to previous sections of the book. Each chapter ends with a 'what we have learnt' section that is also numbered the same way. Before each chapter starts they provide a uml activity diagram to map out the chapter which I thought was pretty cool.
The book starts out by explaining what UML is and what the UP is, I found the explanations very clear. After that it goes through the steps in UP and explains how to apply UML while going through the unified process.
It covers a lot of information, and the examples are very valuable (they are examples that explain concepts well rather than hard to understand useless examples).
I can't really find any faults in this book I read it from start to finish and enjoyed it. I would like to have seen some more real life examples at the end. There is a sample eCommerce UML model at the end which is good but some more of that would have been good (I find I learn a lot that way).
I won't be needing another book on this subject.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Behrouz A Forouzan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
very good one


simple and understandable language. was extremely helpful in my course.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitive indeed!


This book describes in details all the ins and outs of JS. Extremely thorough, this is what I have at hand while JavaScripting.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Mark L. Chambers, Erick Tejkowski, Michael L. Williams, Mark L. Chambers
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Marginal at best


I have read many of the for Dummies books and for the most part I have found them to be well organized with relevant information at your fingertips. Alas, this book is not one of those. The author attempts to keep things cute and lively with all sorts of little catch phrases and other humorless items (can you say bob saggett) but it really just confuses and annoys. Several times I have turned to this book searching for a quick explanation on how to do something and found it nearly impossible to find. The index and appendix are not particularly helpful and many of the descriptions give you just enough information to get into trouble. While most of the "for Dummies" series are extremely helpful, this one is not one of them.