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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Standard for Implementing Content Management


I just completed teaching a course on single sourcing and content management at Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas. I used this book as the text. Ms. Rockley, a recognized expert in the field of content management and technical communication, has broken the implementation process down into very logical activities. She includes excellent examples and case studies to illustrate each step of the process.
Her discussion on calculating the return on investment is straight forward and comprehensive. She doesn't pull any punches on the realities of implementing a content management solution. There are no short cuts. She emphasizes the planning that MUST be done and explains every aspect you need to consider. My entire class agreed that this book is destined to become the industry standard for implementing content management. Thanks, Ann, for spending the time to write this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required on any developer's bookshelf


This is another fabulously written book by Martin Fowler. Concepts are described in excellent detail, yet simple to understand. The first chapter alone is worth the price of the book. It not only describes numerous means of improving existing code, it abets the understanding of the full potential of the object-oriented paradigm and will significantly improve the way you write new code as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The J2EE Tutorial
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephanie Bodoff, Dale Green, Kim Haase, Eric Jendrock, Monica Pawlan, Beth Stearns
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for understanding J2EE technology


The J2EE tutorial is an excellent book. If you want to know how to write a J2EE application this is the book. It takes you step by step. I have read 3 other books on JSP and this book has the best coverage for custom tags. The only negative thing I have to say is the deployment tool is a bit immature and things don't always work, as you'd expect. The J2EE tutorial team has been very helpful any time I had a question and answered email within a day. If you're interested in writing Internet software with Java, J2EE technology is the way to go and this book is must!



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
Excellent starter book for the novice desktop publisher.


This book gives a basic introduction to fundamental design principles without talking down to the novice designer. It is easy to read and gives extremely helpful illustrated examples of each of the "four basic principles".