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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Opened my eyes!

I read the entire book the day it arrived. The next day I applied the four basic design principles outlined to a report for work. Just a couple of changes to the fonts and alignment - Wow! - a whole new document.
This is a great book for those not trained in design. I see my writing in a whole new way. My only complaint...the book was too short. Now, I want to know more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice book for beginner

Actually,if you are pure newbie,this book is not suitable for you.If you are person who have learnt some basic knowledge of C++,and wanna brush up yourself rapidly,so this book is written for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn FileMaker Pro 7 (Wordware Library for FileMaker)
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Jonathan Stars, Nonie Bernard, Janice Child
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Better for filemaker 6

This book did a far better job of explaining FileMaker 6 than FileMaker 7.
The book cover states "Level: Introductory to advanced", but as far as Version 7 is concerned, it is little more than an introductory primer.
In many cases it just ignored the great leaps forward of the program, or, (far too often) just referred the reader to the help files (as reported by another reviewer) rather than giving examples or explaining the concept.
Examples are:-
1. The let statement enabling users to create variables in a function; users referred to the help files.
2. Recursive calculatuions and scripting; simply ignored.
3. Pull through relationships.
Despite its shortcomings as a version 7 I found the book an admirable reference to Version 6.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Do not buy this book for UML learning

This was a Text Guide in my OO Design class.
The book is good as a reference. Remember a User Guide is just an atomic explanation of each concept, it won't tell you how the whole thing works.

The book will explain you what a sequence diagram, a class diagram is, what is definition of interface, subsystem and so for. But the key on learning UML is how all these diagrams,models, subsystems and packages are applied? and in which order they must be developed? and when to use them?.
If you face a project, the book will be useless, why? Because it won't tell you that you first obtain you sequence diagrams from you specs requirements so you can obtain your class diagrams by discovering classes on them using a Boundary Controller Entity method or any other method. No technique is explained in this book.

The examples are simplistic and lack of real world application.