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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb!


Very in-depth book. A lot of very need-to-know advice for the serious programmer. It's also a book that will probably have some new material even for advanced programmers. Great job on serialization by the way.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
First Edition Most Excellent


The first edition of _Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X_ was pretty damn good. Hillegass knows what he's talking about, and the coding samples are pertinent for developing all aspects of Macintosh Cocoa applications. Highly recommended - if you buy one book for Mac OS X programming, this should be it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mike Gunderloy, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Collection of Information


I found this book to be a good collection of resources on C# and .NET development. Much of the information can easily be learned through experience, but if you are short on expereience or have only worked in a few shops, or are new to development or just interested in reviewing some of the basics this is a good place to start.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Fluffy, Arrogant, Wrong Title


I am suprised to see so many 5 star reviews. They must be friends with the author, or very ignorant. I just finished reading half of this text tonight (about 125 pages, over the course of a few months), and I plan to go no further with it. I was planning on finishing it but I just can't stand reading it. I skimmed the rest, finding the same drab boring text throughout. First off, the author is very cocky, and attempts to demonstrate his superior "level 3" attitude throughout the text. This can be very annoying to read. Second, the text is written as if it were a thesis. He makes -constant- references to other texts such as (Shmo, Software Engineering). Write something original already! Sometimes it's important to make references, but he makes so many of them that the text itself appears to me as just a collection of references. Further, several times throughout the text he makes...references to his own texts such as (Alistair, Crystal Clear). Not only that but he makes references to texts that he has not written yet! (e.g. Alistair, Text, forthcoming) Also, this text should perhaps be more accurately titled 'Analysis of Software Methodologies'. The first part of the text contains extremely generalistic fluff, where the author puts down the reader in so many subtle ways. The next part of the text provides an analysis of various practices that are used in methodologies, which is partially useful, but the text is written in such an annoying and undigestible manner that it gives me this sick feeling when reading it. The third part of the text provides examples of actual methodlogies, but is too general to be of any practical use. Despite not liking this text several dozen pages in, I made a real attempt at finishing it since I paid for it, but I just can't finish it. This text just doesn't work for me. I dislike the author's writing style and I would not recommend it to anyone. From what I read so far, the useful portions of this text can be boiled down to a few HTML pages on a website. This text is no 'masterpiece' as another reader put it. He must be friends with the author. If you're looking for a true masterpiece read The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas... a truly intelligent and practical text!