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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"Must Read" for all serious programmers


If you are serious about programming, you must read this book. It is simply the best pure programming book I have read yet. Many of the points are general knowledge and have been written about elsewhere, but this book brings them all together. Like Steve says, this is about coding, something all projects require. While reading the book, I found myself thinking that I should immediately apply most of the techniques. As with other McConnell books, I couldn't put it down.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Power of Events: An Introduction to Complex Event Processing in Distributed Enterprise Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Luckham
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Finally an IT book with Meat!


If you are like me and you are frustrated after picking up an IT book and only getting superficial platitudes rather than keen insights, then you may be pleasantly surprised by this book because it really reveals, as the title states, the "Power of Events." The book starts off establishing the author's grounding in Enterprise Architectures (and their shortcomings), and then proceeds to build an intuitive foundation to seduce the reader into the world of events that they may not have realized was so much a part of distributed systems. While the formal notation used in the book may appear daunting, it is easily mastered and the subtle rules and mechanism are exposed through many thoughtful examples. I will say the second half of the book is a slower read than the 1st part, but the book should leave you with some confidence that there really are some breakthroughs in software technology that will have a positive impact on distributed IT System quality and the complex event processing shows that potential.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good for beginners AND good reference for experienced


Want concrete information delivered clearly and without fuss? Get this book. I give it to people who are just starting out with HTML and keep it by my computer for quick answers to the inevitable little glitches that pop-up.
Elizabeth Castro writes clearly and the examples make sense. There are many more expensive HTML books than this on my shelves, but this is the one that gets the most use, day after day. Well done.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Helpful Reference Object-Oriented Design Textbook


This book clearly presents dozens of design patterns applied to "real-world" applications. Whereas the design patterns presented are usually basic in their nature, the book provides a glossary that can always be referred to, and provides concise and important terminology and descriptions.