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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Authors: Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Online Content Bible

I can't think of anyone more clearly focused on the issue of good site content than Gerry McGovern, and I found myself nodding in agreement on every page. For me, it was an important book to read, because, as a copywriter myself, I find the line between 'content' and 'copy' is very hard to discern sometimes. I think it's important for online copywriters to understand the work of content creators, and vice versa.
Best of all, you get the sense with Content Critical that McGovern has a deep, deep knowledge of the subject. And he writes in a way that makes his knowledge accessible to others. Absolutely THE book on creating and managing content online.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 1: A System of Patterns
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Frank Buschmann, Regine Meunier, Hans Rohnert, Peter Sommerlad, Michael Stal, Peter Sommerlad, Michael Stal
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Decent software patterns book

POSA1 is written far better than other related texts, such as GoF. (And be aware of the fact that GoF only contains design level patterns - it does not contain system architecture level patterns.) At the same time, after its nth reprinting and redesigned book cover, the text still contains non-UML diagrams (although there are some UML-like sequence diagrams included), and very few real code examples. The lack of code examples, though, can in some ways be seen as a positive aspect of the text. Compare this text with Applied Java Patterns, for example. AJP has very extensive code examples, but because the code examples for each pattern run for pages (rather than simply providing code snippets), the reader may be inclined to narrow their view of how the pattern is applied. For example, MVC is definitely not a pattern limited to GUI user interfaces! The point on which I think that POSA1 seems to come out ahead is that the stronger-than-ususal pattern descriptions and applicability, with a small amount of code provided where deemed especially relevant to the point being attempted to make, helps one understand the patterns better rather than memorizing language-specific implementations of patterns. This point is why I think the text was chosen to accompany Software Architecture in Practice for the graduate software engineering course in software architecture I just took.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in RPG IV, Third Edition
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Bryan Meyers, Judy Yeager, Brian Meyers, Judy Yaeger, Judy Programming in Rpg IV Yaeger
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for beginners

I purchased this book while in College and attempted to use it several times to program in RPG, however, the lack of extensive examples and the lack of explaination towards older RPG code has caused me to look for something more useful. I had a lot of trouble trying to learn from this book, althought it may be ok as a reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ethereal Packet Sniffing
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Angela D. Orebaugh, Gilbert Ramirez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredibly complete and an excellent edition

I am very impressed with this book and the quality of coverage. It is well written, full of examples, full of developer info. Pretty much everything you need is here, and it eliminates the need for you to go digging on web sites to find what you need. Also, one of the authors is on the EThereal product team, so you know you're getting the right stuff. There are chapters on Tethereal, installing Ethereal on Windows and UNIX. The GUI, filters, etc. Everything I looked uop was there and it's also a good book to start at page 1 and read right through.