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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A remarkable text book

At first I considered C++ How to Program a text book. The thing is, it's not like any text book I've ever seen! It's written in language that's easy to understand, has many diagrams that helps your knowledge and is of a very high quality.
As a gift to anyone who has the slightest interest in programming this would be the book to give. It may come with a hefty price tag, but this is money that's not going to waste.
The book comes with exercises (very good idea!) although most of them don't have the answers. This comes in a separate book. The thing is, if you've taken your time and worked through the chapter then you will be able to solve the exercises. It's such a great feeling when you work out something challenging without referring to any answers. Doing things your OWN way in programming is something that many programmers should adopt.
I was reading C++ From The Ground Up (3rd Ed) by Herbert Schildt and I thought that it was a good book. The thing was that he really made topics like pointers immensely hard! I started getting frustrated and felt as though I needed a break from C++, which I took and moved to other languages. I was then given Deitel's C++ How to Program and it made C++ fun. Not many books, or even people, can do that. I am enjoying working through this book!
Overall this book is for the beginner to intermediate programmer looking to dip into the C++ pool. It's bloody good and I'd recommend it to anyone. I even sent the authors an email asking a question to which I received a timely response. Impressive stuff that was! The colors used makes life easy and the way the authors describe topics will suit even the dimmest of people.
This book ideal if you're bored and want to acquire a new skill, struggling with a C++ subject at school and need some help, taking a course at university and find their textbooks bland or even if you're in a work environment. This book will serve you well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mikkel Aaland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great value !

I have recently purchased a Canon D60 which came with Adobe Photoshop Elements. As a first time user to the software, I purchased Mr. Aaland's book - "Photoshop Elements Solutions: the Art of Digital Photography". I found the book to be enormously useful - comprehensive and clearly written. The images on the CD and the book (full colour throughout) made following the examples a breeze. Adobe should ship this book with each copy of its software! Strongly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle SQL High-Performance Tuning (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Guy Harrison
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Automate SQL Tunning

This book is good for all Oracle Developer who write SQL statement. If developer who write SQL statement will read through this book before, there will be no performance problem.However, I know that most of the developers will not care about the performance of the SQL statement. They may find that their SQL statement will execute very fast in testing environment because the number of records there is 1/10 time of the production, they need to do is to deliver the programs on time and the output of the program is corrected. Performance issue is not their major concern. After the completion of the program development, a big problem relating to performance issue will be unveiled in load test or volume test, much more effort and money will be spent in performance tunning because of bad SQL statements. I am a project manager of a system integration company, I really want that a automatic SQL tunning package is in the world which can help us to scan through all the source codes and find out the problematic SQL statements and give us the alternative SQL statements with better performance.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
looks like After the Gold Rush

I've been in software development for way too long, but books like this make me glad I'm part of the profession now. Steve McConnell has revised a few chapters in "After the Gold Rush: Toward a Profession of Software Engineering" and added some new essays. The result is even better than ATGR was three years ago when I read it. Steve gave a talk at the SEPG Conference in Seattle and captivated us with a keynote that showed even then that he was ahead of the curve. There are numerous reasons Steve is an editor for IEEE Software, and many of them show here.
There are questions about where our profession is going, and quite a few people with differing opinions. No one is talking about what we need to do as clearly as Steve has done in this book. We all need to buy a copy and read it. We should give copies to colleagues and project managers, and start asking what we can do to make things different in the future. Give a copy to the head of the computer science department of your local colleges and universities, and ask when they are starting a software engineering program like the one at RIT. If you live in Texas or Canada, find out about getting your professional license.
I work in an organization that was assessed at CMM Level 3 back in December. I work on the SEPG and help us improve the way we do all our work, project management as well as software developmetn. It wasn't until after our assessment was over that I realized much of our software process improvement in the past five years was focused mostly on project management. Knowing this has changed how I approach my job, and brought me back in focus on what I need to working on. Steve's book gave me some great ideas, and I hope to find a way to make many of them happen where I work.
You should do the same where you work, whether it is you by yourself or you and 35,000 colleagues all around the world. Change won't happen if we don't do something about this together. This is our future we're talking about, and now we have a few ideas about what we can do to make it different.
You need to know. Get this book to find out where to start.