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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but a CD would be better...

I bougt this book 2 months ago, as the fourth book about java. My task is to program a project for data aquisition, and i never programmed java before. The only way to learn a programing language is using it and the best way to use it first are examples.And this Cookbook is a very big collection of thousand very well documented, very useful examples ! Very good.The other java books i am using is "Hooked on Java (very old)", "Java Examples in a Nutshell (German edition)", similar to the Cookbook but not so good, its more scratching on the surface and a German book: "Jetzt lern ich Java" very good for the first steps. I hope that in the next time a German translation of the Java Cookbook will be available.
Markus Greim

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in C (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Kochan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise Crystal Clear -- 5 Big Shiny Stars

I found this book indispensable both to learn C and to learn a way of thinking about C. The author uses a well selected and deliberately sequenced set of program examples to thoroughly demonstrate what's going on. These programs are developed and modified from one chapter to the next to show different features of the language. I even have better insight, now, into a few mathematics concepts that I've always had trouble with because of the author's excellent presentation of these concepts using C language -- truly amazing. The writing style is logical, well-paced and consistent -- I never found myself trying to guess what the author meant -- which is pretty incredible with most computer books these days. And after reading the book in its entirety, I was able to see that the whole work was planned to succeed by the thoughtful cohesion of supporting elements (like a good program) rather than thrown together to succeed by sheer force of volume (like, say, a Microsoft product?). The best chapter on C functions that I've read anywhere. Possibly the best introductory book on C in my opinion.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephen H. Kan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Second Ed. even better!

This is one of the most highly regarded books on software quality. If you have never read the first edition it was one of the few books that covered software quality in depth, going well beyond metrics and models into strategies for achieving quality, and understanding the underlying principles and mechanics. That edition had a lot of life left in it, but this second edition is one of the most complete rewrites of any technical book I've read in recent memory, and if you own the first edition you may want to consider retiring it and investing in this edition.
While the first edition packed a lot of information in 344 pages, the 560 pages that comprise this edition reflect new chapters and expanded content in the chapters that remain. Here is a list of the new chapters:
- Chapter 10, In-Process Metrics for Software Testing- Chapter 12, Metrics and Lessons Learned for Object-Oriented Projects (in lieu of the old Chapter 12 titled AS/400 Quality Management)- Chapter 13, Availability Metrics- Chapter 15, Conducting In-Process Quality Assessments- Chapter 16, Conducting Software Project Assessments (the project assessment questionnaire example in the appendix is a valuable companion to this chapter)- Chapter 17, Dos and Don'ts of Software Process Improvement (contributed by Patrick O'Toole)- Chapter 18, Using Function Point Metrics to Measure Software Process Improvement (Contributed by Capers Jones)
Among the new chapters I most like are Availability Metrics (Chapter 13), because of the direct tie to production, and Dos and Don'ts of Software Process Improvement (Chapter 17) because of the practical and objective advice. This book will remain, in my opinion, one of the definitive texts on software quality and is one I highly recommend.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming with Visual Basic 6.0 Enhanced Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Diane Zak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Detailed Instructions for VB6 Ever!!

The entire national chain of training schools COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER used this book as their introductory text for Visual Basic 6. The students learned with ease and developed indepth understanding of the different topics. The debugging exercises were particularly useful! It the text book of choice when I teach!