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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A MUST READ for anybody who writes code


My prime candidate for the best book of the year in computing. This book makes you feel ists fun to clean up your code. It gives advice on worthwile places and failsave techniques. Its even fun to read. Its biggest disadvantage: its too short. Further reading is Kent Becks great book on Extreme Programming.
And thank you Martin Fowler for giving us another book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Helpppppp!


I have purchased this book twice, only to have to return it twice because of a defective CD. What is going on? I would love to dig into this book and start learning but either a portion of the software is inoperable (the image browser) on the first one or the entire disk is not being recognized (my second purchase). It was as if the disk never was burned. My Mac asked me if I wanted to format the CD! All I can say is --GET SOME QUALITY CONTROL measures in place. Regards, Jim Sewell



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Javascript Book


Great, the way the authors explain is amazing. A great feature is how the authors name functions and variables to show what their script is actually doing. It's fairly short, to the point, and an amazing reference, too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
"Code Complete" Considered Harmful for C Programmers


Although "Code Complete" is in many respects a worthwhile compilation of experience that is otherwise difficult to find in one place, when it comes to specifics of C programming its virtues are marred by numerous errors and un-C-like style. It is clear that the author had little experience, and was rather uncomfortable, with the language. Classic beginner blunders like incorrect end of file tests, macros which produce syntax errors in some contexts, sequence point errors, and confusion about null pointers are generously represented. We are advised to use names which begin with underscores (in ignorance of the C standard) and "cute" macros like "#define AND &&" which experienced C programmers hold in low regard for good reasons.
Granted, this is not written as a C programming text. Still, there is lots of C-specific advice and C programming examples, and readers deserve a more professional treatment. Given the popularity of this book it would be nice to see its flaws corrected in a second edition. In the meantime read it for its general advice, but learn your C from the experts. (Kernighan & Ritchie, Harbison & Steele, and Steve Summit's book length FAQ won't lead you wrong.)