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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Sorry Excuse for a textbook!

The author of this book uses terminology that goes over your head. You get caught up in the vocabulary and forget what you are reading. This is more like a 888 page research paper (A paragraph, then a paragraph of quoting, then a few more paragraphs, and a bulleted list from someone else) Excuse me, write the book USING YOUR OWN WORDS, insead of quoting everyone else!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Irritatingly obtuse !!

If you know nothing about ASP.NET, it is certain that you will learn something. However, if you are interested in learning how to build a full blown application, you may find that this book fails to provide the detailed examples you are looking for.
To be sure the book starts out with comprehensive examples, but these are for the more simple constructs. Just when you find you are getting to the important subjects - security, forms authentication, configuration, etc. the authors suddenly become extremely vague or lazy. Examples of what I mean? The reader will begin to see much psedo-coding and terse explanations instead of actual examples for things such as posting a form to authenticate a username / password.
I conclude from this that the authors must not have experience building these kinds of full-blown applications and do not know how to fully discuss and educate on these subjects. Either that, or they just got lazy and failed to deliver the goods. Either is unforgivable if you are claiming to cover the materials in the table of contents.
If I could give this book 1.5 stars insted of 2 I would have.
Did it help me? Well, yes, I did learn a few things. Did it provide the information I was seeking when I purchased the book?NO!! It fails to deliver just when I arrived at the subjects I wanted to learn more fully.
So, to net it out... If you are completely new to ASP.NET, this is an "OK" book to cut your teeth on. If you are looking to inform yourself on the more advanced topics of full-blown application development, this book is a waste of your money. Do not purchase it.
Now I'm off to search for a book written by folks that do know about forms authentication, configuration, security, etc.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding PMP Study Resource!

I read 7 different books related to PMP (including Rita Mulcahy's), before taking the PMP exam. The problem is, you have absolutely no idea which study resource will be most effective until after you've sat for the actual exam.
After I sat for and passed the PMP, it became crystal clear that Andy's book (unequivocally) surpasses all the others. It's more thorough, it's more accurate, AND it's a fraction of the price of the others.
You want to pass the PMP? Get Andy's book! It's just that simple!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Network Programming, Vol. 1: The Sockets Networking API, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens, Bill Fenner, Andrew M. Rudoff, Richard W. Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
LUG:ng Book review

The book was great. It covers both the basics for the TCP/IP API in Unix and some advanced techniques of Network Programming. The book was a very easy read and flowed great. There were plenty of code examples so you could read and see how the functionality would work. Besides this being a great reference tool for any Unix Programmer, it is a great tool for anyone looking to develop Unix apps with the new IPV6 standard. The book thouroughly covers both IPV4 and IPV6. When using it as a reference tool, the index is amazingly detailed. It makes finding the information your looking for quick and easy. This is one book that a Unix Programmer can't do without.