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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
big disappointment!!!

big disappointment!!!! for programmers that are looking for Programming ODBC SQL Server Applications... no covering at all for general database access APIs (odbc,oledb....)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Extreme Programming Installed
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, Chet Hendrickson, Ronald E. Jeffries
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's great to see that XP is actually being implemented

I've seen people speaking about it and know of small projects trying it out, but now that Chet Hendrickson and Martin Fowler are working for the same company, I hope to see many more books on really impressive success stories. I am telling my managers to read this book!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Parallel and Distributed Simulation Systems (Wiley Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Richard M. Fujimoto
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book as a primer to distributed computing

This book is a very readable introduction to parallel and distributed computing. It presents concepts well, and offers enough examples to allow one to make sure they have a firm grasp on what is being presented. It is NOT a textbook. It is not full of code, or detailed descriptions of exactly how to implement a parallel/distributed system in a given situation. Those already expert in the field or those seeking low-level detail and code should look elsewhere. I recommend this book to everyone else.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring to Patterns (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Kerievsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
nice sequel to Fowler's Refactoring

This is a recent book in Martin Fowler's series of computing texts. The series begins with his classic Refactoring text. Now Kerievsky takes us into a sequel. Because you can imagine this as a suitable extension of the previous book. Where now the author has us look for patterns during the refactoring process. The style of the book closely follows Fowler's book. And, like that book, the code examples are in Java.

But what if you program in C++ or C#? If you are experienced enough, you should be able to apply many of these ideas in your language. The examples are meant to give flesh to general patterns. And the patterns should be able to be implemented in any object oriented language.

Actually, if you have already been looking for patterns, or designing to them, then much of this book may be no surprise. Because one virtue of the book is that it binds together a set of commonly encountered refactorings. But even in this case, a few hours reading may be profitable for you, if it just exposes you to a few hitherto unfamiliar patterns.