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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Never saw such a bad "perfect" book

This book seems to be a "perfect" book about an important subject written by the world experts. I must confess that I waited for it a long time, I even preordered it, but it took me about 1/2 year to read through it. I didn't like to read it. (I loved Fowlers "UML Distilled" and still recommend it highly.)
Its difficult to put the finger on why the book is so bad and why I constantly felt cheated. Its well structured, beautifully typeset, each single sentence seems to be good.
So what made me feel so uneasy. Maybe too much distance to the everyday problems. Too little critical assessment of UML and the implementation in existing tools. Certainly too much nearly repitition of contents. Maybe I just have difficulties to accept that this in not a true book but a USER GUIDE. But a user guide to what product?!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Optimizing Oracle Performance
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cary Millsap
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I want to have an advantage over all the other Oracle DBAs! I've been reading Cary Millsap's papers since the 70s and always found them to be right on the money. His VLDB paper is a classic. He is THE Oracle guru. I'm only half-way through the book and consider it money well spent.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not practical and not theoretical

This is an odd book on data mining. It is not particularly practical and doesn't provide a good overview of previous applications in enough detail to learn from them. Instead, it attempts to provide principals that may be useful in data mining. However, it even falls short here, since it is selective in what it covers, rehashing well-known introductory statistics and asserting that this is how data mining should be. It is as though the book is trying to appeal to both practioners and academics and in doing so offers too little to each.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML in Practice : The Art of Modeling Software Systems Demonstrated through Worked Examples and Solutions
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Pascal Roques
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An interesting new approach!

A very interesting approach to learn UML: to follow the thoughts of an expert explaining the pros and cons of various mofeling solutions. Very deep coverage of use cases, class and state diagrams. The part on OO design is fully compliant with Larman's OOAD approach. A must!!!