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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear and logical, this book makes MFC easy


This is the best MFC book ever. Conversational style, and authoritative reference. He puts logic into the nonsensical, and starts slow (no appwizard shtuff and confusion until chapter 4) so everyone can understand. In chapter 4, he slowly walks you through your first simple program involving Visual C++ 6.0's mfc appwizard. This book was made for those who have no clue about the MFC tutorials (95% of those who use Visual C 6.0) in the MSDN library, but yet want to understand MFC someday.
However, know your inheritance of classes in C++ before reading. Reading Programming Windows 5th Edition by Charles Petzold before this isn't a bad idea either, but it isn't required, it just makes a much greater appreciation of MFC. MFC still doesn't stand totally on it's own without the win32 API either, but it comes pretty close. The last word of warning is that it is geared to the Visual C 6.0 compiler. So for those with Insprise, you aren't out of luck (it facilitates understanding 1000% still), just some of the stuff about using appwizards (which, come in handy) isn't going to apply to you. Prosise makes compensation for those with other compilers.
At the end, he goes into a pretty good COM ActiveX, and OLE tutorial (and how they apply to MFC) but nothing huge (a mere 220 pages).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Planning : Developing a Blueprint for Data, Applications, and Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Steven H. Spewak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More than just EAP


Other reviews of this book are valid in that Enterprise Architecture Planning is an invaluable resource for developing an enterprise-wide architecture. However, this excellent book is also an invaluable resource for the service delivery practitioner.
While the Zachman Framework is a recognized approach to enterprise architectures, it is also a excellent tool to anchor processes and procedures for delivering service and support for applications. The notion of application profiles are an excellent paradigm from which to develop problem management processes in support of enterprise applications.
Ideas and concepts set forth in the book are aimed at the enterprise architect, but can also be refactored into building blocks for a service delivery plan that is tightly integrated into applications delivery.
The above statement is based on my definitions, which are: service delivery is the set of processes that IT provides support for reliability, availability and infrastructure support that is aligned to business imperatives and requirements. Applications delivery is the processes employed to manage business requirements and translate them into products (developed or purchased).
This book provides a sound framework for achieving the above objectives, which I am sure were not the authors' primary intent. So, while this book provides the enterprise architect with a proven approach based on a proven framework, it has additional value. Specifically, it also provides the production services and operations functions within IT with a valid approach to integrating service delivery with applications delivery, and aligning them to business requirements.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
find another text book


Do not waste your time using this book. Move on and find a better written text. There were areas on the exam that the book did not cover. Chapter five (TCP/IP Suite Utilities) was the most helpful chapter in the book. The test engine gears your studying in diffrent areas then what are actually on the exam.



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
Unix programming from a to z


All Unix programming in just one book. From advanced shell scripts to C system programming.
Well explained, better docummented. Nice examples.
It well worth the money