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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Highly Recommended Book On Software Project Management


I've read McConnell's other books and I think that they are excellent. This book contains alot of the same information as Rapid Software Development, but it has much more of a slant towards applying the ideas. I think that anybody involved in software development should read this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: STL Tutorial and Reference Guide: C++ Programming with the Standard Template Library (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David R. Musser, Gillmer J. Derge, Atul Saini
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
disorganized, lack of sample code, not much there


I was hoping this book could shed some light on this subject, and I was wrong. If you look for some concrete examples then this book isn't it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
An OK reference, but not a book for the java beginner


One of the most important aspects of any new language, be it spoken, written, or software-based, is the syntax and usage rules. This book, while advertised for the beginner and intermediate, skips over this most crucial aspect of learning javascript and delves immediately into example programming. I was on my third chapter, still waiting for the detailed discussion of javascript syntax before I realized that the two or so odd pages in chapter one was all I was going to get. I have spent hours trying to decipher their example code because I do not understand the fundamental constructs of the objects, methods, and event handlers. I am learning javascript, but mostly due to my existing knowledge of C and C++, not because of any teaching from this book. Short of copying the example code verbatim, I think most beginner and intermediate users will find that they do not have the understanding of javascript in which to solve unique problems on their web pages. If an exact example is not in the book, they will be unable to use their knowledge of javascript to deduce a solution. I found this book very disappointing, especially after really enjoying this "visual" approach in Elizabeth Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web. Advanced javascript users will undoubtedly pick up clever programming ideas from this book, but if you are actually trying to LEARN this language, you will be disappointed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Series 60 Applications : A Guide for Symbian OS C++ Developers (Nokia Mobile Developer)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Leigh Edwards, Richard Barker, Staff of EMCC Software Ltd.
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Symbian C++ development based on Series 60


For developers looking to get a more and deeper information on developing Symbian C++ based games and applications I highly recommend this book. It covers lots of essentials from the Series 60 based architectures, Symbian OS fundamentals and Series 60 specific UI components.
I haven't read this book from cover to cover, but I use most of the examples in my work daily and this book is mandatory for every single Symbian C++ developer developing applications to Series 60 device family... for beginners, this book provides easy to start section starting from SDK installation and emulators and for more advanced programmers, this is mandatory reference library which you can use for checking how to use different kind of classes and methods (functions).
Great book, afterall :-)