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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An academic, readable UML book.

This book is quite wordy but otherwise readable "academic" UML.Would help user more if author shows more of UML-Java/C++ mapping as most dev can feel a lot more for code than abstract UML diagrams. This book is mostly for concepts. It teaches you the "What" of UML, not "How" to use it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Greate book and CD

Theres so much good about this book that I don't know where to start. For one thing its absolutely loaded with code. Hundreds and hundreds of examples. Good code too. I'm using some of it as I write this. The writing is also very good. Other reviewers have commented on this and I agree. I find this guy really easy to read. The text flows really well. Great code + great text = one heck of a book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best way to learn C++

Thinking in C++ is absolutely the best, most comprehensive introduction to C++ ever written. It does what all C++ books should do, teach you only the basic stuff from C you need to know, as well as explain poor programming techniques used in C that is much better implemented in C++. This book starts from simple procedural programming basics which beginners need to know, then works up to object-based programming and then to the basics of object-oriented programming in the last few chapters.
Since this IS a beginner's book though, you need to look elsewhere for more advanced stuff. Bruce Eckel is currently writing the second volume of this book which will go into much more advanced topics.
Just one book isn't enough to really learn C++, combine Thinking in C++ with outside references: I recommend C++ Primer by Stanley Lippman and Josee Lajoie (an excellent source of reference) as one of your main references if you have trouble understanding some of the explanations in TiC++.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel Charts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach, John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Yet another winner from Walkenbach

I've gotten so much out of all of John's books I bought this one no questions asked. I've done a lot of custom charts via VBA and this book is a great help in quickly designing useful and complex charts w/o a lot of effort (just look up how John did it).