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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Al Ries, Laura Ries
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of those books

This book literally had my stomach turning as I read it. I could see clearly in my business where we'd gone wrong, and how to fix it. In a way, using the 80/20 principal (80% of profits typically come from 20% of products, etc) give you the first piece of the equation. Then using this book completes the circle. Find what works in your business, then market yourselves as the best supplier of that product or service. A real eye-opener!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference.

I thought I knew a lot about how TCP/IP worked internally, but after I got this book, I revised my opinion of myself. This is a fantastic book. Clearly written, with excellent diagrams and explanations. I found myself sitting in a comfortable chair, reading this book from cover to cover, strictly because I was learning so much about TCP/IP, and learning it so fast.
I cannot emphasize enough how clear the writing in this book is, and how helpful the diagrams are. If you are a System Administrator or a Network Administrator, this is absolutely required reading. I love this book!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Lack of good examples

This book is a must-read for those who do software. It's a frequent (implicit and explicit) reference when you read Object Oriented Programming materials. So unless you read this book, you can better easily others. But I wish to see an update on this book authored using modern programming paradigms, e.g. Java programming. (E.g. Java doesn't have templates.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Adrienne Tannenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Most Hands-On around

Those of us that have to implement something will really appreciate this book. THere are others on the market that introduce us to metadata concepts, but leave the implementation to vendors. Some of us know that this can fall short.
If you already have a vendor product and want to improve your situation, consider this book as a starting point. It covers a realistic definition of metadata in terms of not just data, but the world around data (programs, files, business rules, physical database catalogs, for example). Metadata Solutions also shows the reader how all of these perspectives are necessary in order to be successful.
Metadata can take on two flavors in today's world. The popular view uses it as a detailed description of data warehouse data. Ms Tannenbaum does not necessarily fault that viewpoint, but shows us how to some degree we are participating in a potential disaster by keeping copies of metadata that may already exist in a standalone data warehouse product. Likewise, a centralized metadata repository might also create the same problem.
Ms. Tannenbaum likes the portal approach, but she does show examples of virtually all metadata solutions, from separate standalone database, through XML transfer, through a fully integrated portal-based "search and retrieve" solution.
Is this for managers? Yes...but they don't need to read the whole thing..(in fact she even gives reading paths). Is this for data people? Definitely. Is this for developers? definitely. But most important, it is for anyone who thinks they know what metadata is about....surprise!