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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not a book to teach you how to use RUP

This book introduces the logic behind Rational Unified Process (RUP). RUP is a novel idea. It puts several good practices in a consolidated package. What makes RUP useful is the fact that Rational provides all the necessary software tools to support this. This book does an average job in explaining the RUP. It over stresses obvious and well accepted concepts like "iterative development"; which makes the first half (6 chapters) of this book a bit boring. For a professional with software development and management experience, I found the first sixe chapters are best read at a cursory glance. The second half of the book introduces the workflows - and it is this half that I found more interesting. I finished this book as bed time readoing over the weekend - so this book is an easy reading. However this book is not about teaching how to use Rational Products. This book only gives an overview of the basis of origination of RUP. You would need another book to become an expert in using RUP.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Lazy Sloppy Writer

There are really two types of people in this world. Those that WANT to read a user's manual cover to cover prior to tackling something new (and do so). And those that want to learn by doing and not spend hours reading how to learn. I, uh, have a laptop with a luscious fruit emblem sitting on a titanium casing-needless to say I fall into the latter category by nature.
I feel comfortable knowing my way around design programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, Streamline), but NEVER touch code. I knew the basic ideas of HTML (tags, headlines, body, title, line breaks) but not much more before purchasing this book.
After only a few hours reading the first 140 pages (easy reading), and following the tutorials (very clear and concise), I started developing my desired website. Within a few hours I had the semblance of the components all functioning in a "Preview in Browser" mode. And I'd say 70% of that time was actually designing and saving the files for each nav button, graphic box, and typing the text.
As many other reviews state, this book clearly explains the benefits as well as limitations of web design in general and to Dreamweaver specifically. There are plenty of references to Dreamweaver 4 for those who are upgrading. There are plenty of basic explanations of HTML, how to best utilize Dreamweaver AND HTML, and the perspective of end use (designing a cool web page) is never forgotten in this book.
McFarland and Progue hit the mark in almost every way with their organizational style, intuitive writing, simplistic tutorials, informative Figures and "Workaround Workshops", and understanding of HOW people want to USE an application like Dreamweaver MX. From building a site, to using dynamic pages with forms, to frames, to tables, to uploading your site, to Flash, to Customizing Dreamweaver and hotkeys; it's pretty much all covered.
A nearly 800 page book intimidate you? Don't worry, many sections are not applicable to a basic website. I feel confident that I can continue to add new features and redevelop my site using only this one book in the future. ...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend, A Guide to Wireless Security
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Chris Hurley, Russ Rogers, Frank Thornton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I was blown away

I can't stress how great this book is! I am not a Linux guru but had heard that Kismet would help me find more access points. I bought this book when I saw that it covered installation and configuration of Kismet.
I was really happy with the way that the authors walked me through the installation and configuration of Kismet. I had read some online walkthroughs, but had been unable to successfully get my wireless card into monitor mode. This book showed me exactly what I was doing wrong.
I am now wardriving with Kismet and looking forward to the Worldwide Wardrive in June!
Thanks for a great book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux for Non-Geeks
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Rickford Grant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The accompanying cd provides a complete version of Linux

Rickford Grant's hands-on beginner's guide to Linux, Linux For Non-Geeks, comes with a cd and provides all the basics to understand a free operating system which can do everything Windows can, and more. Linux has typically been a system computer savvy individuals used: Linux For Non-Geeks points out the ease of using Linux and provides a basic guide keyed to a series of projects for using it. The accompanying cd provides a complete version of Linux along with free software instructionals. Very highly recommended.