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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Larry P. English
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear writing about a subject area that begs obfuscation

As an Banking and and Business Intelligence consultant, I bought this great book hoping to discover some kind of integration methods or guidelines.
This book provides much more than that, it's a detailled method to structure your IS around Information Quality.
The author provide countless of methods, tools and analysis to build a total quality information architecture, content and system
A must read if you want to understand and gain the true productivity of information, specially for "information intensive" industry such as banking, insurance and telecom

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Overrated somewhat dated book of great historical importance

This book is of immense historical importance. The author is brilliant and influential. Still I do prefer Bertrand Meyer, Meilir Page Jones and Martin Fowler. They are much clearer and to the point.
It is difficult to fairly judge this book. So many of the ideas are now commonplace that it is hard to see the unique points of the author. Clearly the Booch notation is unique. But this notation is now also a problem. It is superseded by UML. It is also difficult to figure out the authors' unique point, because this book is filled with myriads of citations. Some of the cited works I know quite well and strangely enough reading Booches version of their work makes their special appeal disappear.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Chappell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Understanding .Net A Tutorial and Analysis

I am very pleased to highly recommend "Understanding .Net A Tutorial and Analysis".
To quote the author ".Net is Huge." Which, as a software developer, was my first impression too!
This book successfully addresses the first two .Net issues. What is it? Where do you start exploring?
"Understanding" is not a code intensive cookbook describing the "how to's" of the .Net system. "Understanding" does tackle the technical management issues from a general overview to a very detailed bullet by bullet explanation of the major components, their purpose and how they fit into the bigger .Net picture.
Most concepts are summarized on margin notes and major concepts are analyzed as a half and full page breakout discussions designed to put the concept in perspective. This technique makes the book true to its title and an interesting read.
If your company is considering .Net buy an extra copy for your boss.
Pat Tormey PEFoursquare Solutions Inc.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Want to learn ActionScripting?

If you want to learn Macromedia Flash, you need to know ActionScripting. If you want to learn AS, this is the book that you are looking for.