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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning VB.NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Blair, Jonathan Crossland, Matthew Reynolds, Thearon Willis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is a great book for beginers to Visual Basic .NET to learn to program in VB.NET. I just finished the 2nd chapter and already I can create basic apps. This is a great book and makes learning VB.NET VERY EASY!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Use Case Modeling: Software Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Armour, Granville Miller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent practical guide

Granville Miller and Frank Armour have created an essential text for understanding Use Case Modeling theory. This book explains the basics of UML in the initial chapters, but quickly moves on to detail advanced Use Case theories and the best ways to apply those theories. I approached the book as a beginner, but had little difficulty understanding the presented ideas and theories. I would recommend this book for anyone involved with Use Case Modeling - from beginner to advanced. For beginners, this book offers a solid introduction and quickly prepares you for the advanced topics. For intermediate to advanced users, this book offers a compilation of theories and practices and is certain to give you insight to pieces of the UML puzzle.
Each step of the design process is explained thoroughly, and several alternative procedures are presented. Also, the appendices are valuable references of themselves. They contain a Use Case Development Review Checklist and a complete Development Case, which outlines each major step on the use case modeled development cycle.
The authors have also done an excellent job in bringing together information from outside sources to compile their work. Rather than preaching a specific format or model, the reader is presented with many different customizable options for applying the theories in the book. The carefully cited sources also give excellent direction for further reading.
I was disappointed to find a flaw with the printing of the book. In my copy the pages containing the table of contents were out of order. However, I found that I was more disappointed because a potential reader might skip this book on the shelf just because of a printing mishap. This information within is too valuable to miss.
A real danger with theory books is the potential to either underestimate the reader or talk over the reader's head. This book walks that fine line with ease. I felt that the ideas and terms were presented in a logical and clear manner. It is a valued reference for my work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Resident Evil(TM) Official Strategy Guide for GameCube
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Really disappointing

This guide REALLY isn't worth its price. The sequences of places to visit are irrelevant. The directions are poorly expressed (Example #1: when you read "Chris's LEFT", you must understand "the RIGHT of Chris, in his own point of view"; Example #2: even if 2 rooms (A & B) are separated by a corridor and a room (C), the author will give indications as if A and B were just directly connected). Furthermore, an effort could have been made on the maps (numbers OR precise names attributed to each in a legend). At last, instead of writing precisely what kind of enemies OR items one has to expect in each room, the author describes the situations enigmatically (I guess that someone who purchases a guidebook is accepting to GET spoilers; if not, I don't get the point!!!!): it doesn't preserve any suspense for me, but upsets me instead.

No doubt the author is way better than me for playing that game, but he's a really poor help for others: I've read far better FREE walkthroughs in the past, so I'm regretting my purchase of this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't leave home without it

Even though this book is about 1000 pages, I carry it with me if there's even a *chance* I'll be doing any DHTML. A quick look in the book saves hours of trying to "figure out" how to access an object or which events I can use. It is mounds of priceless minutea, conveneintly organized and well indexed.