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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Okay, but certainly is a Product pitch


This is a very good book for people who wish to bring process and methodology to the software development process. However, it is pretty light on substance, and advances the same mantra that the Amigos have been pushing since they got together. It certainly leaves one salivating for Ivar's book on process. If you are not considering buying the accompanying software product from Rational (about $695), this book may not be for you (in fact this book is the first of 9 manuals that accompany the product).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Sam's Teach Yourself HTML in 24 Hours


I knew nothing about HTML before purchasing this book and by lesson three I had posted my first web page. Everything was kept simple and any software needed (like Paintshop Pro) can be downloaded for free while going through the lessons. Most of all it was fun! I know I'm not an expert in Web page design or even HTML, but I'm satisfied I received a good introduction to the subject matter and feel capable of going on if I choose. I wish all "Sam's teach yourself ..." books were written like this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: More Effective C++: 35 New Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but not as essential as "effective C++"


This is a good book with covers 35 more guidelines for improving your programs. The book is actually longer than the book "More effective C++" because the items being discussed are more complex.
This book takes a different approach to "Effective C++" -- while "Effective C++" focusses on good-style guidelines, this book has a wider agenda, for example it explains a bunch of idioms (such as multiplke dispatch, smart pointers, reference counting, and the singleton pattern).
The book is a solid followup to "Effective C++", but is probably not as essential as that book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very promising - both the tool and the book


Although I've just started reading the book ( first 5 chapters ) it already impressed me with intensive depth the author covers all related topics. Sure, Expect is great ( and thank's for this tool, Don ! ) but this book isn't only about Expect - it's about almost *everything* you'll ever need to program interactive scripts using Expect. It talks about Tcl, zombies in UNIX, regular expressions ( really *in depth* talk ), "\r\n" vs "\r" and "\n" and hell knows what else ( fortunately, I have many more to read ) ! It reminds me the "Data munging with Perl" collecting the vast collection of data processing techniques using Perl.
A pleasure to read. Don is a professional and experienced programmer and a nice writer. After I finish it I'll probably have even more to say ..