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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The QFD Handbook
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jack B. ReVelle, John W. Moran, Charles A. Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Complete Treatise on QFD!

This book is not for the faint of heart. But if you really want to understand the concept and benefits of Quality Function Deployment and learn how to effectively implement it in your business, this book will cover everything you will need to know. Your time and money investment will be returned to you tenfold when you discover what your customers are truly looking for from your company after following the guidelines outlined in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I've tried other intro's to the subject, this one beats them

I'm a professional SW engineer of several years, and I program in several languages, Java, C, C++. I used to do embedded work until a couple years ago, but yecently I had to start working with databases and applications. This book was excellent at showing me the construction of SQL queries. It's not meant to be one of those all-inclusive 1,000 page monsters which document every configuration of a database, or how database internals work. This is strictly queries, and had plenty of detail for that. I would combine my purchase of this book with another book specific to the database you may need to work with if you have to worry about doing more than using the database (load balancing, query poooling, etc. are not subjects really covered here).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Scored 95%

I gave SCJP1.4 in July 2004 & scored 95% (58/61). I would like to share my success story to all fellow aspirants who wanna clear SCJP1.4 with top score.Kathy's book is must. Kathy & Bert have an awesome writing style & they literally burnt the core concepts into my head.
Here is my success story. 1) I read Java 2 Programmer by Exam Cram first. This gave me good kick start.2) Then I read chapters which I was weak on from different books.a) Threads - Head First Java : Would give you a thorough understanding of what thread programming isb) Threads - From Simon Robert's certification book.c) Inner Class - From Simon Robert's certification book.
2) This book (by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates). You can skip first few chapters but solve all their review questions. Read method overloading, exceptions, inner class, Threads, Collections, java.lang, hashcode & Garbage Collection completely.
3) Gave all related topic tests from www.javaprepare.com, Dan Chisholm's single topic exams.
4) Read Topics : method overloading, exceptions, inner class, Threads, Collections, Garbage Collection from Marcus Green website
5) Gave Marcus Green mock test.
6) Kathy's book simulator exam.
7) Whizlab - SCJP1.4 : Those guys are awesome. Their tests are real tough & tricky. Their exam quick prep is the best. If you score above 75% in their test I can say you can crush SCJP1.4 easily. I could not complete all 9 mock exams though but I completed 4 for them & just before the test I gave final mock exam. I scored 78% in their final mock exam. I knew that time I would be scoring 85% plus atleast in the grand finale.. :-)
8) Do review questions from Khalid Mughal's book on method overloading, Threads, Garbage Collection & collections topic.
9) Please read each line of code, each question sentence to avoid careless mistake.
2 weeks of real study should take you to achieve real good score.
Once again, SCJP1.4 is not simple as such. Its tricky. Questions on threads, method overloading, OOPs, Garbage Collection were on same toughness with Whizlab tests.
I credit my success to Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates. I had fun studying for SCJP1.4. Passing is easy but scoring is tough!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lack of attention to style

This is a book to get you up and running on Windows programming in C++, not a book to learn C++ by. The book lacks attention to good programming style. I quote page 80 -
"the variable name count1 has been duplicated here only toillustrate what happens, although this code is legal, it isn'ta good approach to programming in general"
This quote is in reference to the code presented on pg 79, introducing variable scope.
Just as inportant as knowing how to code is knowing how to code so others can understand what you are doing. The quote abovewas not the first instance, where tha author tell the readerthat the code example he has presented is wrong in terms of style.
Other than this the book is well written and the material ispresented well, however this is not a book to pick up if youwant to learn be a programmer.