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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Java(TM) 2, Volume I--Fundamentals (7th Edition) (Core Java 2)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Cay Horstmann, Gary Cornell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
You'd be better off with Google


I have used so many java books but at the end, I always end up looking for answers in this book. The book is organized systematically focussing on the introduction and moving on to more advanced topics on volume 2. If you have a little background in java or C++, you won't have any problems understanding the concepts presented. If you are a novice in java, you can still use this book but it will take some time to get accustomed to. But once you do, you will find that you can't get rid of this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Business Intelligence Roadmap: The Complete Project Lifecycle for Decision-Support Applications
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Larissa T. Moss, Shaku Atre
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very practical and comprehensive guide!


This book is the perfect blend of project management techniques, application of the software development lifecycle framework, and decision support / business intelligence projects. As a project manager for data mart and decision support projects, I am using this book as a reference for making sure all the steps are covered in these types of projects. All areas are at least touched upon if not covered in greater detail. The authors do an excellent job in explaining many of the BI concepts, identifying steps to completion, and raising questions to consider in tailoring the success of these projects to your organization's circumstances. The deliverables and risks presented for each step fits nicely with the Project Management Institute's PMBOK framework and the tips at the back of the book are incredibly helpful.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
BORING at the very best


I really was expecting an Andy Grove's "only the paranoid survive" and was dissappointed that it was so dry and internal looking , with all the PR fluff and lack of personal perspective.
Too narrative ...not enough focus on the external environment, what the market was doing at all those moments, how competitors tried to react, all the decisions and factors considered at various inflection points etc...Just a bunch of PR. Personally its a shame since its THE greatest success story ever, yet it lacks any juice for the million Dell fans. If the entire company functions like this with strong internal focus and execution I doubt this army of parochial worker ants , as successful as they have been, will be able to survive the impending sea of change he talks of in his book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books available on OO modeling


Easlily one of the more practical books on object-oriented design and modeling available today. The author uses good examples and plain English to convey his approach to designing and creating object oriented software. He lists a lot of "common" mistakes made during the design phase, and gives some practical ways to overcome 'analysis paralysis'. This book should be required reading for anyone ready to design a new system from the ground up.