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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have desk-reference for every OO architect/programmer

"Design Patterns" presents a well-ordered catalog of miniature frameworks. Every framework is concisely named, described, and contains concise code examples. In addition, frameworks are accompanied by a thorough discussion of their benefits and drawbacks. Framework names are intuitive and appealing which helps to communicate architectural decisions with other engineers.
In short, using this book will clearly take your design decisions to a higher level.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Storage Networks
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Marc Farley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid and far reaching

Where does one get started in understanding the impact of storage area networks on conventional direct attach and network attach storage architectures? How are they similar, can they be combined, or are they different all together? As a professional in the storage industry with responsibility for answering these questions to those around me, I have found this book to be the ultimate resource. Not only does it describe in detail what today defines a storage area network, but it also fills in areas relating to network topologies, protocols, and general server I/O while giving a complete context in which decisions can begin to be formed.If you are in any way responsbile for storage infrastructure, or in planning products to enable networked storage, this is the first book you should buy. It has the breadth to provide your foundation, and suffucient depth to allow questions to be asked. You'll read other books, but like a good textbook, this is the reference you want on your shelf while you explore this complex and rewarding topic.Mike HardyVP Business DevelopmentChaparral Network Storage

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Good for begginers and as a refernece!

This book helped me learn perl in three days.It is true that you don't need to have programming experience to read this book but if you have you can read it in less than 21 days,although it is about 800 pages.The many examples are explained in detail and make it ideal for beginners.You can also have it as a reference which means that you don't have to buy another book later.But don't let the cover phrase "Explore techniques for CGI and server side scripting" deceive you.This book doesn't say anything about CGI.However is ideal for learning perl

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Decision Modeling with Microsoft(R) Excel (6th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Larry R. Weatherford
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for the uninitiated

I had to buy this book for class. Even the professor stated that the book was heavy going and has to be reread over and over again to understand it. There are examples but they really don't go over them in enough detail. This book is really for someone who already has a good user knowledge of excel and somewhat familiar with solver. Many of my classmates have expressed dissatisfaction with the contents and how it was written. My main complaint is that there are not enough examples to illustrate the many new concepts found in this book. This is a difficult subject and the book doesn't make it easier.