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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great HTML book


I do not have this current edition of this book, but the edition that I have is the best HTML book that I have. It is layed out so that it is just as easy for a beginner to read through as it is for a pro to use it as a reference.
It works even better if you use it in conjunction with other books as well.
It is good for beginners also because it is easy to understand and it uses pictures so that beginners can actually see what the actual HTML code looks like.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Howard Johnson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Solid easy to read book on high speed design.


I would give this a 4.5 star but had to round down. This book is very easy to read cover to cover. It gives practicle useful information and tricks to achieve excellent digital design. For example, measuring the area of a voltage signal to measure high speed inductance provides better noise immunity.
PS Another good book for high speed is RF Circuit Design by Chis Bowick.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Can be a good book - at times


I got this book a while ago (when I was a Java developer) but never really read much of it until I got my latest contracting job - which primarily involved c#/.net as well as some COM interoperability. For the longest time I never understood why I kept getting frustrated whenever I read this thing. It finally hit me - the book is somewhat of an anomoly. On one hand, it misses some major areas of .net functionality (doesn't even cover xml document creation nor COM interoperability) and on the other hand it goes into excrutiating detail on other points. A lot of times he will start a topic off by going into a lot of detail - but then will admit that he is explaining something very obscure that 99% of people may never need to know. My question is - then why cover it? Cut out some of this obscure stuff and put in some more of the topics that most people would encounter. Although I have painted a negative picture so far, there are some areas where this book really shines. I am finding that as I progress from being an intermediate to advanced c#/.net developer I am starting to appreciate this book more.
In summary, I would recommend this only as a 2nd or 3rd book to your c#/.net collection - there are too many holes in the text for it to be considered a primary text (I personally fell in love with Wrox's Professional C# - 2nd ed).