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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Networking for Dummies, Sixth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Doug Lowe, Doug Lowe
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Truly for Dummies


Purchase this only if you have a minute idea of what a computer is.
This is very elementary and assumes you have absolutely no knowledge of what a network even is. It doesn't go any further than that either.
Don't expect that you will be learn how to network computers together (my expectation); only that you will learn what components are involved --but not how they work or how to actually network them.
I don't mind basic info, but this book should be titled "Network Equipment Descriptions for Dummies" certainly not it's current title.
Way too many jokes as well (more annoying than entertaining).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pray that your competetion doesn't read SEO for Dummies


This may be the most important book a web developer can read. Peter Kent believes that most web geeks that think they know Search Engine Optimization, don't - and I think he's right.
If you're looking for gimmicks, you may be disappointed in this book, although there are quite a few gems in here that can get you a quick bump in traffic. What Kent will help you out with is a systematic, organized approach to building a site that people will be able to find.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
High level OK, but too shallow on difficult problems


This book, the first in the Rational Amigos' UML trilogy, has already become the standard user guide to UML. The authors systematically structure the chapters into "Basic" and "Advanced" sections, so that it can be effectively used by beginners and intermediate or advanced users. The descriptions are informative and engaging, and it is illustrated with many examples that are current with the UML 1.3 specification. This is the user guide that I recommend to colleagues and clients when they ask me for the best introduction to UML.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very good.


My feelings on this book are mixed. It is a large book for what it offers (almost 500 pages that take a lot of time to read) but it does provide a thorough introduction to UML. It also discusses some advanced modeling concepts and constructs (sections 3 & 5) but it leaves the reader wanting to look elsewhere for how to apply these. There is an irritating duplication of material in different parts of the book, but I liked the appendices that included some of the standard elements of UML and a very brief summary of the Rational Unified Process. If you have the (a lot of) time to read the book or you are one of the many fans of Booch's writings, then this book will be of value.