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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for a novice like me


The before and afters in this book and then the explanations of the underlying concepts are this book's greatest strength. Good for anyone like me that can use a word processor but has no idea about design principles. You'll go back to it time and time again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Track (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: John Pierce, Paul Pardi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy Microsoft Office Access 2003 Step by Step + this book


In my life I never touched Access until few months ago. Although I have a degree in Computer Science, the database I used before are Oracle, and MS SQL at all. Access is a wonderful tool for SMBs, only need few hours to write (in fact, should be click, drag and drop) the applications. and also easy to convert to .sql files.I bought the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Step by Step first. this book is very good for people never touched Access before. I define this book is a higher level dummy book. you just follow the book. But some time sentence on the books may too considerated for the readers like ask readers to insert the CD-rom. After I finish this book, you can almost work out most simple database applications. then if you really want to imporve to be professional in Access. then this book is your best choice. it will introduce most of the special function like Macro and Modules + all the report formats.
Access has its limitation like does not support multiple users. data lenth is only 250 and file size must be less than 1G.but it is a very simple tools can do some simple professional works. I like it very much, SMBs need it. my suggestion is for newbie of Access, buy the step by step first. then move to this book if you want to improve yourself.After both of 2 book, that is already enough for you to self study Access. no need other books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft .NET Distributed Applications: Integrating XML Web Services and .NET Remoting
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Microsoft N-tier Architecture Text


Solid information for those interested in building N-tier architectures in a Microsoft world. Great stuff on how to build business objects -- I haven't found much on Microsoft object caching except in this book. Sadly, MS hasn't gone as deep as JBoss, BroadVision or similar products but this book helps fill the gap.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Isolates 50 important C++ concepts


The author has broken from the conventional approach by isolating his content to specific C++ items instead of presenting the entire language. Each point is well written with justifications and examples. The majority of the items (48/50) are must-know concepts for effective C++ software development. Exceptionally meaningful content includes 7 items on constructors, destructors, and assignment operators, 11 items on class design and function declaration, and 10 items on inheritance and object-oriented design. Excellent guidance for selecting the correct approach from amongst a wide-variety of advanced C++ features. "Effective C++" is one of the best intermediate level C++ books.