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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Decision Making with Insight (Includes Insight.xla 2.0)
Publisher: Duxbury Press
Authors: Sam L. Savage
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The "algebraic cloud" has lifted!!


In his book, Decision Making with Insight, Dr. Savage really does lift the algegraic cloud that hinders the learning of management science and modeling. I second the above remark, I wish I had this type of text when I was in MBA school. The examples are truely enlightening.

I am actually reading this book for plan fun!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML and the Unified Process: Practical Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Arlow, Ila Neustadt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good UML/UP Book


Actually I wanted to give 4.5 stars for this book.
One of the best UML books i have read so far, very clear and sets lot of things straight in the somewhat vague (if we don't know the concepts behind the diagrams) UML world..! Has a slight Java bias, which is understandable.
One complain i always have against UML (not this book) itself is.. most software professionals should be very familiar with UML and the methodologies first before developing something or be a part of the project - but it has always been the other way so far. You do 2 or 3 projects, know all the mistakes, then realize the importance of something like UML and try to learn it. In fact UML itself borrows so liberally from C++ and other Object Oriented languages than leading the software engineering. And then the companies coming out with their own methodologies (rather than improving UML itself) to grab the market.. it can be quite difficult.
This book treats most of the technologies it refers quite fairly - with even some C# and Java comparisons side-by-side. Another notable thing is the wonderful style adopted that makes it an easy read, stressing important points again and again, clear summary at the end of each chapter without missing anything etc.,



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Are You Experienced?


Bjarne Stroustrup's THE C++ PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE is ideal for those potential buyers who already know 75% of what is written in the book. But please note that this is not necessarily a put-down or a bad thing. This book is reference material for people who are already familiar with the concepts and syntax of C++. If you're looking to learn C++ from scratch, then run far and run quickly away from this book. On the other hand, if you're an experienced coder who's looking to remember specific details, or an intermediate who's looking for some nitty-gritty information, then this is a highly recommended reference book.
The writing is meticulous and often obscure. But Stroustrup packs in a lot of detail into every page. The example code is short and to the point. He assumes that if you don't get what he's talking about the first time, then further examples aren't going to help; and most of the time this assumption is justified, as his terse code manages to convey everything that it needs to.
You really do need to have experience with C++ to understand a lot of his examples though, as often he will casually mention a concept or function that he won't get around to defining for another few hundred pages. After all, most of the features in C++ interact heavily with other functions, so it's not really possible to explain some things without explaining their relationships (even if they are relating to things that the text has not yet brought up). But, as I said, this is reference material, and such conventions are allowable and, at times, encouraged. I am much happier with a book like this that gives me all of the detail necessary than an introductory book that would only offer simplistic explanations in the beginning while holding out for the details towards the end.
The book covers virtually every major aspect of the C++ programming language. While everything is richly explained, I find the sections on the standard containers and their iterators to be particularly enlightening. There is a lot of overlap inherent in these concepts, but each individual portion is clearly and unambiguously explained. The sections on pointers, classes, and inheritance are similarly helpful. But, to be honest, there is no reason for me to list everything that the book explains, because it literally contains everything; if it's not in the book, then in all likelihood it's not in the language either.
THE C++ PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE is a dense book and is packed to the gills with invaluable information and a fair bit of insight. As the inventor of the C++ language itself, Stroustrup is the closest person to the actual syntax, and short of reading the ISO spec, you simply won't find a more comprehensive tome on the subject. Remember, if you're a beginner, stay away. If you're experienced or you plan on being so, then you need to own this book today.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
COM God has arrived! and his name is Don Box


I am a professional COM developer. I have to said that I though I knew COM well until I read this book last year. This book places eveything about COM into perspective.
Not need for tutorials on this book, just grab your favorite drink and tell your wife you'll be out for the next 2 months !! Also watch out for chapter 5, is a tricky one!
If youare serious about COM, get this book. If you are a VB programmer and want to stay a VB programmer, stay home.
Carlos