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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great (but *definitely* not for beginners)

This is an indispensible book if you are already a very competent C++ programmer but think you might be missing out on some of STL. Do *not* purchase this book to learn STL - that's not what it's for. Buy this book if you've been using STL for a while and are pretty familiar with it. it contains many very specific examples of what to do, and what not to do with STL. You'll be disgusted byu how many of his "rules" you were breaking! Unfortunately, you won't understand it before you use STL for a while.
To learn STL, I highly recommend "C++: HOW TO PROGRAM" by Deitel and Deitel. It might be ugly, but it is the best C++ book out there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Reporting Services in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Teo Lachev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brings Clarity and Understanding to Reporting Services

This book is well thought out and organized. It has many real-life examples that are easy to follow, and easy to modify into your own applications. Using this book I quickly was able to use SQL Reporting Services for my own work. It is a must-have reference for folks that need to understand and implement the many parts of Reporting Services. It has information that will give an overall understanding, and then when you are ready to actually implement a custom application it has all the steps needed, (examples, explanation, resources if more details needed). This book brought clarity to Reporting Services. I highly recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Marty Neumeier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This one puts it all together.

I've read Aaker, Porras, Trout, Ries, Schmitt, Peters, et al on brand strategy, but this is the first book I've seen that shows how to turn brand strategy into customer delight. Every author seems to come at brand from a single point of view, while Neumeier shows how all those points intersect to make a brand. If you want a prescription, this isn't your book. But if you want insight, you've got to have it on your shelf. It's truly the "Elements of Style" for brand-building.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too wordy

Obviously the anthor want to make this book as long as possible. But I dont know why! Life is too short to read this kind of wordy book. I would rather pay twice as much for a book w/ the same spirit, yet three times shorter!