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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Michael Allen's Guide to E-Learning
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael W. Allen, Michael Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Emphasizing the essentials

Dr. Allen is a champion of learner-centric design - and has written a refreshingly reader-centric book about the topic. He understands that learning is an "internal, personal, and ultimately individual act." His words reveal his passions and opinions in such an authentic manner that you can quickly understand his perspective, and extract points of meaning that can directly apply to your work. As a producer and designer of interactive media, I continually find his insights an inspiration.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert Service-Oriented Architecture in C#: Using the Web Services Enhancements 2.0
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jeffrey Hasan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Doing SOA in a Microsoft environment

As Web Services start getting implemented, most of the work on understanding and implementing useful services has been dominated by developers in the Java/J2EE world. But Microsoft has built a parallel world around its C#/.NET platform. This book, then, can be seen as part of its response.

Hasan rolls out the now plentiful Web Services standards; like WS-Security, WS-Policy and WS-Addressing. He shows how these are implemented in .NET. But his book is more than a simple exposition of these standards. He puts all these within the context of a Service Oriented Architecture, where the programming language is (unsurprisingly) C#.

He tries a little re-education here. Many programmers meeting Web Services for the first time often have prior acquaintance with SOAP. What often ends up happening is that they then conceive of implementing a Web Service as a set of remote procedure calls, using SOAP to access the RPCs. Hasan shows that this is seriously non-optimal. Far better is a looser coupled message passing and processing design. It is within this context that most of the book is presented.

Along the way, he introduces WS Enhancements 2.0. This is used to define and deliver vital features for real world business applications. Features like secure messaging.

All that remains is for you to write an application.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book, Nice Details and graphics, totally cool.

This book is really cool.I like RPG games and I must say that this is the greatest one I've played since FF3. Final Fantasy VII is great for both playstation and PC. I played it on Playstaion and thought it was great and when it came out onto PC. I was really excited. This book is great for helping you on the PC version.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Terribly written

The book suffers from bounce. Explanations are not local to where they are supposedly demonstrated, and the explanation is often unclear. Example: Chapter 10: Polymorphism. The chapter is supposed to be about polymorphism, but doesn't show examples until 16 pages into the chapter. And, those examples aren't very clear. If I hadn't bought this for a course, I would have brought it back to the store.