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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent COM book, first chapter in particular.


A must have book for a serious COM developer



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Java Developers
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Surprisingly unbiased and very informative


I was fairly reluctant to purchase this book at first because it was from Microsoft. However I found it surprisingly unbiased and very informative. I would recommend this book for a seasoned Java developer who is looking for quick reference into the .Net world of C#. The book is focused more on the language rather than the architecture. After reading this book you will find that .Net has very similar architectural concept as the JDK1.3 and some parts of J2EE 1.2 (the rest of J2EE is yet to come. Version 2 of .Net perhaps?) The Authors are ex Java developers who explain the similarities and dissimilarities between the two platforms including the pluses and minuses in a reference style.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programmer's Cookbook
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Visual Basic .Net Programmers Cookbook


As .Net matures, I expected this "cookbook" to measure up to the Culinary Institute of America's cookbook or at least to equal Julia Child's "Mastering the art of French Cooking". Instead, this book is more like a text for Betty Crocker'shome-ec course - Cooking 101. I could not find a single 'recipie' not previously published in the many books that MacDonald Credits. My advice to a would-be author, keep MacDonald's format, it's very good, but climb above the basics and give us some real-world (application level) receipes.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Luke Hohmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What transforms great architectures into great products?


By exposing the many practical connections between business and technical architecture, this terrific book illuminates in lucid detail how software products can transcend code to become successful solutions. It should be required reading for architects and product managers alike working on any software-related product.
Many technical architects master (or at least aspire to master) technical construction, abstract design patterns and principles, languages, platforms, and methodologies; yet even the true master architects among us often remain weak at understanding the business models that must be crafted alongside the technical artifacts that we produce. As a result, the architect's brilliantly-crafted technology too often fails to become a winning solution.
Luke's practical experience with business models and technical models -- and more importantly, for how they intersect -- has led to a vision that is sharp and wise, and he shares this vision in a remarkably friendly, lucid manner. This book is simply a must-read for all those who build software, if that software aims to become a successful and winning solution.