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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Deluxe Learning Edition (Microsoft Professional Editions)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not worth it

The multimedia is inconsistant, barely there, and not much help The INTRODUCTORY VERSION of VC++ is useless...If you really want to learn this language, buy microsoft's other versions of the manuals.... Then buy a full version of VC++ software separately. I returned my kit like this and did just that!!! MS makes a realy cool visual combo book pack with all the diff languages for Visual ... they sell it here on Amazon....

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Search is Over...

I have been 'doing' Use Cases for a long time, and have run workshops and seminars on the subject - so I think I know what I'm talking about... and it's over.
Alistair has finished the job. Martin Fowler (author of "UML Distilled") and I were discussing this book last week, and we both agreed that Alistair's book wraps up the subject of Use Cases with a nice red bow - there is no need for another Use Case book.
If you want to use Use Cases, or merely to understand them, this is the book to buy.
DrDan ;-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a revolution !!!

It's easy to write a difficult book, but it's difficult to write an easy book.I just bought the book yesterday, and I just can't keep the book down. It is just stunning, how the authors can explain abstract concepts to you, in really simple words. Let me add, I am not new to Java, but I wanted to understand the concepts really well, and this book does a really good job.
1. Visuals Visuals !!! Every important concept is captured in some sort of a diagram or picture.
2. Clear and simple direct conversation. You just feel that you are in a class with the authors.
3. They jump into technical stuff pretty early in the book ( This is not a DUMMIES book )
1. The book is not for you if you are already a guru in OO and Java. This is not something you want to get.
I think Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates have done an excellent job.I think Oreilly just started a revolution in the world of technical publishing.
I 'll update this review, once I complete the book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A relvar by any other name.

This book introduces the fundamentals of database systems by emphasizing the relational data model, and that a database is really "a collection of true .. propositions". Although his use of Tutorial-D (rather than SQL) may seem odd, Date emphasizes thinking about data rather than an implementation. This book provides great fundamental thinking about relational variables (relvars), domains, relational algebra, and data normalization.
The further topic of missing information contrasts to Codd's four-valued logic, and even if your particular database system supports different Nulls the chapter helps when thinking about your own data. Whether or not you agree with his thinking about object-oriented databases, his "Two great blunders" are a challenge to any software vendor. His chapter on decision support does not provide much of an introduction to such broad topics as warehousing, OLAP, and data mining, but there are other sources. This is not an easy read, but working through it will pay off when coupled with product training.