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Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Book for all Online Auction Sellers

This book is easy to understand and is an easy read. Mr. White's approach to selling on ebay is straight forward and logical. This book is not a "Pie in the Sky" book. It realistically portrays the risk and costs of doing business on Ebay and other auction sites. It also gives several practical tips concerning your online accounts. I e-mailed the author with a question and my e-mail was answered within an hour.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
sets the standard for all "21 Days" books

I wholeheartedly agree with all of the other positive comments here. The authors have a knack for instruction, walking you through the basics of VBScript and ASP. Examples are relevant and accurate, and the exercises are complete and help solidify the chapter. Everyone is always looking for the "get rich quick" book when it comes to acquiring knowledge--this one actually delivers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perl DBI in a nutshell

Programming the Perl DBI is an excellent book. It is well written and easy to follow.
I can fully recommend this book for everybody. Even the most hardcore database gurus can use this book as an 'Perl DBI quick reference' when they have an urge to implement something quickly.
Good bang for the Buck!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
RUP is insufficient for software engineering

While this book has received great reviews I must offer disagreement. As an experienced OO professional (I've been working in OO practically since the beginning) the RUP leaves a lot to be desired.
For one thing there is not nearly enough emphasis on requirements gathering and process engineering. For the most part the analysis aspect of RUP focuses on Use Case Scenarios. I feel that this is a major weakness. Use Case Scenarios focus on how user's use the system, but doesn't answer the question: What system? To dive into Use Case Scenarios without first applying process engineering at a detailed level leaves you with a system that no one really asked for.
Furthermore I feel there is not enough emphasis on using Use Case Scenarios as a vehicle for test designs. One of the greatest advantages of Use Case Scenarios, when there done at a very detailed level, is to use them as a System Test design. This would include "expected results" for each step.
Also, I don't feel there is sufficient evidence for support of logical object modeling as apposed to physical object modeling. It's common knowledge with database design that logical modeling comes first, then the physical. This same tactic should be employed with OO modeling. This includes both class models and use case scenarios. This is especially valuable in the Java and EJB environment where Session beans differ from Entity beans and both differ from regular Java classes, singletons etc.
Another reviewer mentioned that this book might be a vehicle for selling Rational products. I agree. That's exactly what this is. If you're an experienced analyst there are still some takeaways from the book, but you will have to augment it with your own knowledge and experience. The danger lies with inexperienced analysts thinking that they can define and design complex systems using RUP, and that it's sufficient. It's not.