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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
my rEviEw

This book was easy to follow. It's explanation was plain and simple..and quick to the point. It provided good examples for us to reference. The breakdown of chapters/separation of info flowed well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Super book for ASP beginners

I bought this book about three years ago as I was starting on ASP. It was a tremendous help to me then because it was written in a friendly, reassuring manner--reassuring in the sense that if you missed something in earlier chapters, you would see similar code in later chaps perhaps being applied to a diff. solution. For a beginner, that's important because it reinforces the syntax(at least that's how I learnt). Three months after I bought the book I loaned it to a fellow programmer at my company...which in hindsight was a mistake because she has refused to return the book even though I've requested it a number of times...Yes, this MUST mean it is a good book! :)
After you get thru w/ this book, check out a couple more excellent books on ASP--Teach Youself E-Commerce Programming with ASP by Stephen Walther.Or if you prefer to move on to the "new and improved" ASP.Net, there are two books that I particularly like--Beginning ASP.Net E-Commerce by Christian Darie and Karli Watson (Wrox), and ASP.Net Kickstart by Stephen Walther. Happy learning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Direct and to the Point

This was the only book I purchased to pass the A+ certification (I bought the flash cards as well). Not everything on the exam was covered in the book but the vast majority of it was. There are some contradictions in the text vs the CD questions but I wrote an email requesting clarification and received a response in two days. The book is really good in telling you what you need to study and contains some very useful memorization tips and test taking tips. I did not find the flash cards useful at all. The Flash cards were nearly identical (if not identical) to the CD questions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2000 Formulas
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book is a keeper

As with most everyone who is frustrated with the pathetic state of OEM software doumentation, I buy a lot of computer books. Unfortunately, many books on the market may contain only 1 or 2 chapters of useful information; the remaining chapters essetially pap. Not too much different from musical CD's. On rare occasion I come across book that is well-crafted, coherent, and actually contains a lot of useful information. Excel 2000 Formulas is one of those books.
I am quite competent in Excel but I still get stumped from time to time. This book has already provided me with new apporaches to old problems. I'll wear the cover off this book. Good job, Mr. Walkenbach!