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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction to C++ for programmers

I programmed already in C and Pascal and FORTRAN and Visual Basic, so I can't say how it would be for Beginners, but as an existing programmer I found the style exciting and challenging. I expected some innovative teaching methods after reading the blurbs, but I didn't expect to be 'engaged'. The writers assume you're intelligent and willing to think, what a relief. I wanted to migrate to C++, and this book was very useful and educational.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: High Performance MySQL
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeremy D. Zawodny, Derek J. Balling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Finally a book that does not spend chapters telling you how to log into MySQL and create a table. I've been heavily using MySQL for 3 years, and know a lot about it, but have still learned significant things on nearly EVERY page of this book.
Jeremy has a massive amount of *experience* using MySQL in real world applications, and has figured out how to communicate that in writing.
Buy it and read it twice.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent intro to Unix and Linux programming in C

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in starting programming on Linux. It is not, however an introductory programming text and assumes basic knowledge of ANSI C - combined with any of the ANSI C beginner texts available you will be producing useable code in no time. As well as C, the book touches briefly on other development systems on the Linux platform - Tcl/Tk, Interviews, Java and also HTML and CGI scripting. An excellent book for any Linux nut!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Interpreting the CMMI: A Process Improvement Approach
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors: Margaret K. Kulpa, Kent A. Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Practical Approach with lots of good ideas

I am the SPI lead in a company that recently has achieved the CMMI Maturity Level 4 rating. This book has helped us a lot to obtain better understanding of the model requirements, make important decisions, plan and implement process improvement activities. Thanks to it we avoided many mistakes and saved a lot of time and effort. The CD which is enclosed with the book contains useful templates, checklists and sample documents many of which we adopted. The book was especially helpful in implementing Statistical Process Management concepts, specifically in developing process performance models. It is very easy to read and understand, very practical, and I recommend it to anyone involved in process improvement activities.