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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I love this book


This is an excellent book that teaches you how to improve your skills as a programmer. I often find myself coming back to this just to remind myself of ways to improve my craft.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Become a better programmer.


After reading this book I'm a changed programmer. I have always thought good code was important, but never had a very good way of insuring that my code was well written and tested. Refactoring has greatly changed my thinking on how to go about writing code and I've found that my style is much better.
Thanks "Gang of Five"!
*grins*



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's SQL for SQL Server
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Bryan Syverson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Starting Point, Great Reference


SQL for SQL Server is a book that should be on every developer's bookshelf. It would be a great tool to have in the Administrator's library as well, though it is more language-specific than adminstrative-task oriented. The book starts with language elements, then moves through database design and implementation issues and finally on to "advanced SQL skills" - much of which is oriented to working with a larger SQL Server implementation with pre-existing code, views, tables, etc.
There is good information on backups, restores, things like that, but my opinion is that the book is so much more a reference on the language and implementation than the administration of SQL Server - that's where the completeness of the coverage is really what makes it unique. For example, if you want to understand the CASE and COALESCE functions - it's covered with narrative and direct examples of the usage. CONVERT, CAST, UNIONs, are more examples.
This text is one that you can put on the shelf and refer to whenever you get stuck with a function/syntax issue. Combined with Books Online, you'll be set.
One thing I would like to see more of is an explanation of the gotchas, with some workaround ideas. It would be great to have a mix of SQL for SQL Server, SQL for Smarties and the tidbits from Sharon Dooley's Essential SQL Server 7 book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Lippman book is THE book to get on C++


Lippman strikes gold with his third edition of this C++ clasic. He supplies you with a wide breadth of coverage combined with a reading ease that allows this book to be read cover-to-cover. And it's a great reference, too. If you like Danish with your C++, buy the book by that Strousstrup guy. If you want to learn C++, the "Primer" is the one to get.