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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: Vince Adams, Abraham Askenazi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I have never come across such a book that puts FEA which is such a complex subject in to simple layman terms and explanations. I am working in a CAD/CAM company for 10 years and with this book, I have laid for myself a very strong foundation in FEA which I dare not touch. I strongly recommend this book to anyone (beginner or expert) to take a look at this impressive book.
To the authors : Well done and keep it coming !

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Tip Top for the dedicated UML modeler

I do a lot of UML modelling, and I keep this book by my desk at all times. It has in-depth information, is well-written, and is well-organized.
The Reference Manual and the Users Guide are generally sold as a pair. Quite frankly, if you have the Reference Manual, then you don't need the Users Guide.
If you are just learning UML and are already familiar with any formal design methodologies, then you can do just fine with the Reference Manual alone. However, if you are new to graphical modeling in general, you may want to buy "UML for Dummies" to serve as a useful introduction.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The complete E-plan for C++ (E for easy)

Years ago I asked a professor from Brazil for his recommendation of a C++ book. He flashed his copy of 2nd edition of Lippman. Then I asked a graduate student from India and he said the same thing.
You are the boss, believe me if you want to. Following its publication in 1991, the 2nd edition of Lippman remained for several years the most admired book in the world. It was partly because the book had won the approval of the academic world.
I spent a year pondering how someone who does not know any programming at all could understand Lippman. I have come up with a plan. Read the following books in order and you'll know C++.
1. Getting started with C++ Programming Language (S.K. Jain)
2. Introduction to Programming with C++ (Diane Zak)
3. Object Oriented Programming with C++ (Joyce Farrell)
4. A book of you choice, e.g., C++ How to Program (Dietel and Dietel)
5. C++ Primer (Lippman)
You can probably finish the first 3 books within a month. Then spend about 3 months each with Dietel and Dietel, and Lippman.
Again, you are the boss. If you want to think I'm writing this review to publicize my book, you may say so. The truth is this. I compiled the little 95 page book just to complete the plan. I leave it for you to judge -- you are the boss.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I dropped a class at Berkeley because of this book

I signed up for a class at Berkeley that used this book. I dropped the class along with many other students because of the poor quality of this text book. There seems to be no logic order to the book. I purchased Beginning VN.Net and learn VB on my own. I feel I got cheated when I purchase this book! Who wrote all of these positive reviews?