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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent book... worth its weight in gold

Another excellent book for anyone using Flash. Unlike many Flash books the author is not trying to be clever and impress us with his tricks and techniques (often called, "real life projects"). Instead he is genuinly trying to document and explain ActionScript in a methodical and structured way.
For many, ActionScript would be unfathomable without this book. I have two copies, one at home, one at work. I just wish I had more time to read them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Introducing "Virtual Integration"...

The negative reviewers likely found Dell's success too simple, too easy to be this good. Fact is, some of the most successful ideas are the simple ones. Dell's had his problems to be sure but the model of being Direct is as old as the hills only reinvented on a large scale by Michael Dell in modern times. If you can't learn from this book, then you simply can't learn or already know everything! It's a great book, a book I have given as a present several times. Well done Mr D!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great knowledge, but poorly written

The pure information in this book is of the highest value.I strongly recommend it for anyone that is beyond writingcode and now wants to do things right. The collection ofpatterns is well selected and explained, with practicalstrategies in how to implement them in a J2EE environment.Also very positive is that you get code examples in Java,servlets, JSP, etc. It's important to mention, though, thatthe book is not well written. Basically it falls in betweena how-to book and a reference book, without achieving either of them. What is a 17 pages epilogue with example of how to integrate many patterns for a particular application, should have been the main part of the book.Yet, this is a must have book for anyone about to start aJ2EE project or wanting to redesign an existing one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A masterpiece - every WinForms/GUI developer must read!

This is an excellent book, covers the entire C#/WinForms part of .NET about as well as any single book could. Unlike other books this one is intended for those who are able to digest the MSDN and wish to take their C#/WinForms knowledge even further. After browsing through countless books that introduce me to WinForms basics, it is refreshing to find a book that dives right into some real hard-core programming. This book is not for beginners, but is indispensible for experienced C#/.NET programmers who are looking to improve their skills. This is, without a doubt, the best and most useful C#/ WinForms book I have ever read. I would suggest this book to be an essential reading for every serious .NET/WinFroms developer who wants to work smarter instead of harder. Absolutely no fluff here, every page contains interesting and useful info and the book as a whole is full of useful techniques you can use in real-world projects. It shows you loads of really neat tricks and ideas which are not available in any other books on the markert. Some of the examples are a bit raw, but the underlying concepts can be converted into successful commercial products.