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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Tom Pender, Tom Pender
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
About as comprehensive a book as you can find on UML...

If you are at all involved with the use of UML in your programming or analysis activities, you'll most likely be interested in seeing the UML Bible by Tom Pender (Wiley). Like all 'Bible' titles from Wiley, this book covers a wide range of topics that should give you most any answer you need to find.
The chapter breakout is in seven parts:Part 1 - An Introduction to UML - What Is UML?; UML Architecture; UML Diagrams and Extension Mechanisms; Object-Oriented ConceptsPart 2 - Modeling Object Structure - Capturing Rules about Objects in a Class Diagram; How to Capture Rules about Object Relationships; Testing With ObjectsPart 3 - Modeling Object Interactions - Modeling Interactions in UML 1.4; Modeling Interactions in UML 2.0; Modeling an Object's Lifecycle in UML 1.4; Modeling an Object's Lifecycle in UML 2.0Part 4 - Modeling Object Behavior - Modeling the Use of a System with the Use Case Diagram; Modeling Behavior Using an Activity DiagramPart 5 - Modeling the Application Architecture - Using Packages; Modeling Software Using the Component Diagram; Using Deployment Diagrams in UML 1.4; Using Deployment Diagrams in UML 2.0Part 6 - Bringing Rigor to the Model - Applying Constraints to the UML Diagrams; Action SemanticsPart 7 - Automating the UML Modeling Process - Using a Modeling Tool; Customizing UML Using Profiles; XML Metadata InterchangeAppendices - UML 1.4 Notation Guide; UML 2.0 Notation Guide; Standard Elements; Glossary; Index
Now, I'm not a UML expert by any stretch of the imagination. But based on what I have read and studied to date, this book covers everything. Taking the Use Case chapter as an example, I can see that there is an abundance of technical detail and diagramming to explain the topic completely. Couple this chapter with the notation guide in the back, and you have a reference guide that is hard to beat. At the time this book was written, UML 2.0 wasn't yet released. But the author takes the specs that should be part of the final release and explains how those features are different than UML 1.4. As a result, you shouldn't outgrow this book anytime soon.
The only quibble I have with the book is the audience that the author says he is targeting. Readers new to object-oriented analysis are expected to be able to get an in-depth understanding of UML and be able to become a productive member of a team by reading this book. In my opinion, that may be a bit of a reach. If I had no UML experience, I'd find this book very daunting in both the size and complexity of the material. My recommendation would be to find an entry level UML book, and work through it before tackling this book. With the UML fundamentals fresh in your mind, you'll be able to come at this book from a much better position and benefit much more quickly.
Overall, a good book to have around...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Implementation (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 2)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Gary R. Wright, W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Useless for Windows...

This books contains just about everything you will need to FULLY understand the implentation of tcp/ip on a unix based computer. But if you are like the 95% of people in the computer world, you are running windows, and this book contains nothing regarding its implementation on a windows system.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
5 Stars to Kay, 0 Stars to Wrox

As with the previous editions, Michael Kay has written a book whose content is of the highest quality. Being the editor of the W3C XSLT and XPath recommendations and the developer of one of the only XSLT 2.0 implementations in town makes Kay the ultimate authority on XSLT. He also writes in a style that is accessible to developers of almost any level (although this is not ideal as a beginner's book).

My big beef with the book is likely not Kay's fault. Being an author myself, I know how stubborn and pig headed publishers can be about their "style guidelines". Well, Wrox, your guidelines stink because this book is virtually impossible to use as a reference. Your font usage makes information impossibly hard to find by flipping pages. Your use of page headings is lame and unhelpful to the developer needing to find info fast.

In the end I have to recommend this book to XSLT 1.0 developers that need to get up to speed fast on XSLT 2.0 but it is too bad most of the profits are going to Wrox and not Kay.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Demonstrating to Win
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Authors: Robert Riefstahl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book! Buy it if You Are Not My Competitor!

I found many of my own experiences mirrored by this book. I learned quite a lot from reading it. See our UNBIASED infoon Business Software Selection at Excelco.com.