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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must for OOAD

This is the best book I have seen on OOAD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poor organizaton

while the actual syntax and diction of this book weren't too horrible, the overall presentation and orginization of the book is very poor. the author divides up the chapter not according to decimal numbers (for example chapter 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, etc...) but THE SIZE OF THE HEADLINES. This is very difficult to tell between whether the author is trying to introduce an entirely new concept or explain more about a previous one.
Trying to find a defenition to one of the vocabulary words in bold text is painful. Very rarely does the author actually come out and say what a term means, instead he will go into how it is useful, and how it can be useful in methods (ideas and such; not class functions).
The author spreads ideas around in the text. For example, I think I've read about 4 chapters so far that end by talking about how good the garbage collector is. It would be nice if the author instead talked about the garbage collector in one specific chapter in the book and just told the reader to refer to this chapter whenever they wanted to learn about the garbage collector instead of describing what it is and why it is good over and over and over. If I have to read the same thing about the garbage collector one more time (and I'm sure I will) I am going to vomit.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book if you have a little experience with SQL

Just finished reading "Guru's Guide". There is not much I can add to all the other reviews: it is an outstanding book, and I am sure I will reach for it again and again when the real-life problems come up. I have less than 1 year SQL Server experience, so it was somewhat hard for me to read, but hey, this is called learning process (as the title implies, read something more introductory if you are a complete newbie). The only downside is that author allowed his political inclinations to show up in a couple of places in the book, hence 4 stars. Other than that, do yourself a favor and buy it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have for All Motion Graphics and VFX Artists

No matter if you are a very experienced Motion Graphics or VFX artist, or trying to break into the Industry, this book is a great tool to have in your arsenal.
I bought this book the second it was released, and it's been one of the best purchases I've made. I already own 2 other After Effects books, and this one is head and shoulders above the other two by providing complete, informative tips and suggestions for tools, including real world examples.
Also the writing style and layout is visually and interesting to read. So many of these books, are very dry, making you want to quit immediately, but not with Trish & Chris, they engage, the ready, and make it visually appealing too. In fact so much of the book is in Full Color (read every page) that I'm surprised it isn't more expensive, the printing costs alone must be very high.
There are lots and lots of projects that come with it. I haven't been through all of them yet, but those I have, were all top notch.
My advice to everybody, this is it, this is the one, go out buy it, and you'll be happy. I'm giddy over it;)
Barry Berman