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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
If you need to read this You're in the wrong business


No statment in this book is incorrect, or even inaccurate. The problem with it is it goes on and on about a number of simple, if not trivially obvious facts about how to manage a project. The main one which occupies hundreds of pages is "PLAN YOUR PROJECT".
So if you could not have thought of these on your own, or ever did anything more complicated than playing tic-tac-toe without discovering this book's type of advice, you have no business managing a software project.
However, if you skip all the obvious advice (averaging about 1/70 pages) and enjoy reading phrases like "Executive Sponsorship", "Mushy Milestones", and "inch pebbles" this book is for you. But please buy mine... cheap!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAP NetWeaver For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Dan Woods, Jeffrey Word
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
...only because there is no 0 star rating


Content: SAP Marketing.
Style: really for dummies.

Want to know about SAP Netweaver: Ask SAP employees.
Want to waste time: read this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual Studio .NET
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chris Sells, Ian Griffiths
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lots of good material


I have to admit that when I picked up a copy of this book, I was expecting a rather out of date re-hash of much of Microsoft's Visual Studio documentation. I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Visual Studio .NET 2003 only recently became commercially available, this book is written for the new IDE (rather than last year's model). The book goes through the basics of projects, debugging, and even macros (in addition to a wide range of other topics).
This book follows the basic flow a programmer would follow when setting up and creating a project in Visual Studio, which makes it easy to follow along (especially if you are new to VS.NET). After a discussion on setting up a project (including the differences between the various project types), the reader is presented with a discussion on debugging tips and techniques (including debugging configuration in the project's properties). Since web projects are a little different from creating a Windows application, there is a whole chapter dedicated to configuration and debugging of a web application. Other chapters include a discussion on how to perform database work through the IDE, and instructions on developing installation projects.
My absolute favorite chapter, however, was on Automation, Macros, and Add-ins. In this chapter, the reader learns the basics of creating macros that integrate directly into VS.NET. If you are familiar with recording macros in the Microsoft Office applications, you will be pleased to learn that the syntax and functionality is similar (although instead of writing macros in VBA, they are written in VB.NET). There is then further discussion on automating the IDE to perform scheduled tasks (like automated builds).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
need some enhancements


The book is not well organized even though the organization is very important for such a book with a lot of contents.