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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stage delivery approach - minimize your risk


This McConnels's book is a very good explanation of the stage delivery approach. The most important "message" of this book is about the possibility of software project risks reduction.It is not a detailed book but it gives you a frame to build up and manage your project using this method.If you would like to find a solid but useful book that contains practicable guidelines related to medium sized sowftware projects - well, that's it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barry Burd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I havent read this yet but take my advice.


I am just about to buy this book, and the reason for it is becuase I recentley purchased and read barry's other book beginning java programming for dummies, this book was very easy to read, very informative and entertaining all in one. So I am assuming that since this book is on the same topic and the same author, it should be a very good book. I also recommend reading the beginning book before java 2, becuase beginning programming really gets you into java programming.



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
A Cut Above the Rest...


Macromedia Flash is a not a tool for casual users. Getting used to its complex interface can be a daunting task. To add to the frustration for those of us who are self-taught Flash users, many Flash books are poorly written, rife with errors, and full of "examples" that have no practical application.
In contrast, Derek Franklin and Jobe Makar's Actionscripting: Advanced Training from the Source towers above the rest. This book is simply one of the most comprehensive, well-written instructional texts on the market. You don't often find a book that could be used as a textbook in a university course and still serve the solitary learner equally well, as this one does.
The authors have the rare gift of being able to explain concepts clearly while keeping their material engaging. The material is organized into manageable and logical sections, facilitating ease of use and ease of study. Kudos goes to Macromedia Press, too, for its clean presentation and use of color for the code samples.
With its accompanying CD-ROM, Actionscripting provides hands-on, useful projects covering a wide range of topics and providing plenty of ideas and inspiration. Reading this book not only raised my Flash skills and understanding to new heights-its sample scripts served as springboards for my own projects. For example, after having used only streaming sounds with varying degrees of success, I learned from the book how to create sound objects inside movie clips. This gave me more control over sounds and their accompanying actions and changed my approach to how I was using sound.
I'm not going to join in the discussion regarding semantics of the use of "advanced" in the title of this book. I will only say that no book provides a better, more rock-solid, foundation in the ActionScript language. Besides being a superb instructional tool, Actionscripting is also a handy reference. It remains on my desk, and I turn to it often for reinforcement of concepts and for its useful examples.
Watch for Derek Franklin's forthcoming book, Macromedia Flash MX Creative Web Animation and Interactivity. It's already available for pre-ordering on this web site.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art and Science of C : A Library Based Introduction to Computer Science
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Eric S. Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Uh, hello..


If this book confuses you, you probably should reconsider doing computer science. This is the most straightforward, accessible and articulate book on programming I have ever read. Roberts is a very talented teacher. But talented teachers evidently require talented students.