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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PeopleSoft Integration Tools
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stewart Miller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Reference for PeopleSoft Excels beyond other texts

As a consultant, this really is a terrific reference. I found the level of technical detail to be very, very good. I agree with the other reviewers that also indicate this book is very well done.
The author really portrays PeopleSoft is a good light, and as a justification to move to the PeopleSoft Platform, I found this text to be right on the money!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: J.D. Biersdorfer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't buy an iPod without this book!

J.D. Biersdorfer has a unique way of explaining how the iPod and iTunes work. Reading this book makes setting up an iPod a piece of cake. J.D.'s writing style is clear, concise with a little humor thrown in. The subtitle of the book is "The book that should have been in the box". No truer words were written. If you buy an iPod without this book you are missing the boat and many of the features of iPod. Buy this book now!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: FrameMaker(R) 7: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Sarah S. S. O'Keefe, Sheila A. A. Loring
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not worth buying.

This book is not a good reference. You can get much better information out of the Adobe documentation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Confirmed and expanded my first OO Design

I have been a computer professional for just 3 years, working with relational databases, procedural programming and 4GLs, and web development. During that time I have read up on Object oriented programming and UML.
Of all languages to choose for my first foray into OO, would you believe Javascript?! I want to convert my procedural routine for validating HTML form data to an object oriented paradigm.
Before starting to read this book, my very rough design was that a single instance of a FormValidator would loop through the various kinds of form elements that can take input, such as text fields, selection menus, radio buttons and checkboxes, then create a FieldValidator object for each. The FieldValidator would in turn return a "TypeValidator" specific for the type of form element: TextValidator, MenuValidator, etcetera.
Thus I unwittingly incorporated a few of the designs covered in the book. For instance, the "Singleton", for a single instance of the FormValidator. And the "Builder" for creating the TypeValidators specific to each type of form element. And, following the books suggestion, I will probably use this Builder pattern to build a "Composite", so that I can mix and match the methods for the various TypeValidators.
So, I disagree that this book does not get read. I'm getting my money's worth! And I disagree that you have to have designed one project before, though that could certainly help. And I would say that if this book is over your head on the first try, if you are serious about OO, you will probably be able to come back to it in 6 months or a year or two, and it will make perfect sense.