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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One Visual Basic .NET Business Objects
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rockford Lhotka
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
tough book to swallow with alot of architecture


just started looking at the book.this book takes alot of thought setting the program up and understanding why the author designed his patterns the way they are.this book is for the heavy weights.good job he has a personal discussion group which cover70% of the problems which I am encountering otherwise I will stay a beginner



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Oriented Perl
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Damian Conway
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Useful but flawed


More than anything, this book convinces that Perl only masquerades as an object-oriented language. To implement features which come naturally to other, truly object-oriented languages such as Java, one must jump through hoops.
The book itself is useful in parts, although overly long for its subject matter, and often confusing. Explanations are often made harder to understand by the examples, not easier. The author spends too much time discussing BAD approaches to a particular problem before showing us the "right" way.
Overall, inferior to "Advanced Perl Programming" in its approach to teaching OO-Perl.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid Presentation of .Net Framework Features


In ".NET Framework Programming", Jeffrey Richter deals with the obvious and subtle features of C# programming in an intelligent and helpful manner. He has an excellent sense of knowing when to slow down and go into depth on a topic, such as when describing the subtleties of reference vs. value types.
Although I had been programming in C# for several months before encountering this book, reading this book greatly added to my appreciation and understanding of the .NET framework and C# programming language features.
The insights in this book go far beyond what is available in MSDN on-line documentation.
This book is a "MUST OWN" for a C# programmer. It is certainly one of the best programming references that I've encountered in 20 years of programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Christina Wodtke
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't miss this book


This book is full of that kind of energy that makes it hard to stop reading. You can tell that Christina Wodke takes IA as something very personal, and has placed all that passion into these pages.
She starts by making a solid case for IA, then proceeds to ditch the gurus and their hard rules with braveness and wit. Next, she opens her toolbox, and starts showing you an impressive set of tools which are exhaustively described, with all the secrets you need to use them effectively and great examples. It's the most practical book on Information Architecture that I've read so far.
It doesn't matter if you are new to the discipline or an experienced architect, you'll still learn lots of useful stuff. The traditional subjects of IA are presented in a refreshing point of view, and it explains subjects that nobody before had revealed, with clarity and detail. For example: best practices for developing user research, how to build a good taxonomy, a great chapter on interaction design, and all you need to know about documentation - just to mention sample topics that were particularly relevant to me.
Then she wraps it all up into an exercise project, and as if that wasn't enough the goes on to give you greats bits of advice on how to be a better professional, like how to get out of a creativity block and how to win the respect of the people you work with. Prof. Norman is best as describing it in the back cover: "what else can you ask for?"
Within the first pages she says it's a small book, I'd say that's not quite precise. She also says she's put her whole brain into this book, she surely did. So my recommendation would be: don't waste the chance to feed on a really bright brain.