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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT 2.0 Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Critically flawed, but brilliant


I actually read most of the first edition of this book and upgraded to this book to stay current. It has two critical flaws:

1) It lacks any "New in 2.0" labels. Given the scope and mass of the book, having to reread the whole thing to find the deltas between versions 1 and 2 is criminal.

2) Horrible, horrible usability.

If you didn't read the first edition, then the content is worth overcoming the hurdles. If you own the first edition, you're better off keeping it, and finding some other book to highlight what changed in version 2.0.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Enterprise Information Architecture: Reengineering Information Systems
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Melissa Cook, Hewlett-Packard Professional Books
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good introduction to what an EA is all about


I have a business background an work in business development for a large Swiss ISP. We have a lot of development going on inhouse and furhtermore, need to integrate standard software.
The book help me tremendously builing an understanding of what needs to be done to get order into our (creative) chaos. As a nice side effect I developed the glossary to communicate with the developers.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An important book


If you want to understand OO(object orientation)/OOA/OOD, this is THE place to start. Booch writes in a clear, concise and interesting way. That's very hard to do in technical writings. The chapters are organized in a very thoughtful and correct way. In many ways, his Booch notation (presented in this book) is even better than the current version of UML for understanding how the notation applies to classes and objects.
You may know C++ or Java language implementations, but the best foundation is a generic knowledge of OO. This book goes a long way to presenting this knowledge.
Go for it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g: A Beginner's Guide (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Ian Abramson, Michael Abbey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, easy to read intro to 10g


It's a good, solid introduction to 10g. I've worked with other relational DBMSs for years, but have never touched Oracle. This book starts you out with a useful overview of the Oracle processes (something the O'Rielly book, in my opinion, spends way too much time on), and then gets you started with Oracle (though it assumes you already have a system up - but that's only a couple hour exercise once you d/l the CDs from oracle.com and read the documentation at otn.oracle.com). It does have a few typos in it (all too common in tech books these days!), but as for "all the .tifs" that another reviewer metioned - there are only 2 .tifs and you can d/l them from the book's website. I haven't noticed any weird writing style - it sounds like any other tech book I've read. The self-checks and exercises throughout are good refreshers of your reading. My problem with the O'Rielly book is that it's much more theory than this one; sounds much more like my textbook for my second semester database course ("this is how you code a DBMS"). This book, in contrast, actually gives you stuff to try on a working Oracle installation. If you want to learn how a B+ tree works under the covers, the O'Rielly book might be worth looking at. But if you want to try using Oracle, grab this one.