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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Php 5 Objects, Patterns, Practice
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Matt Zandstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Proper enterprise level respect for PHP5

Fact of the matter is that PHP5 is a serious enterprise level development system. This book takes it seriously and presents both practical and architectural material at a level that used to be reserved for J2EE and .NET works. This relatively short book is packed full of well written and insightful content. It stars with the basics of PHP5 OO programming with detail about the mistakes in PHP4 that have now been rectified. That is taken all the way through advanced topics like reflection.

The author then switches gears and gets into the design of object oriented applications. Now that we have the right tools, how we should use them to make better systems, right? UML is covered, and so are design patterns.

The later chapters of the book cover solid software engineering practices, like version control and unit testing, amongst other.

Not only will this book give you new ideas at a coding level, it will also open your mind as an engineer and get you headed in a direction toward architecture and large scale application design.

An excellent book. A must have for any serious PHP developer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
outdated DW book, academic

Data warehouse development relies on a scientific substrate, but usual target reader is not a computer scientist, nor a programmer, rather an advanced user who has to present dwh projects to management. So most books are mainly business-level presentations, and this book is not an exception. It contains some technical issues, more in the form of hints and tips than fully developed solutions, that have nowadays become common and wide-known features. Most books about dwh, OLAP and even mining look like as they have been written some years ago (typically late ninety) in order to present to a wide audience those new disciplines, and then submitted to further and slight revisions to work out new editions. In my experience, user community's skill has grown up, but many publications have not been able to keep its pace.However, though this does not seem not a mandatory step in a dwh basic education, it still retains all its historical importance.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Another good Kelby Book

Has step-by-step instructions on how to create a variety of cool effects you see in today's websites and advertising. Right to the point. A bit more advanced than ""The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers" by Kelby, but then again this book is more about creating special effects and doing cool tricks to replicate what high-dollar CS designers can do, vs. general photo manipulation. A great addition to your CS reference library.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for aspiring compiler gurus!

I had to write a CORBA idl compiler and my last acquaintance with compiler programming was a college course 15 years old. I found this book to be an indispensible review and it helped me greatly, especially in dealing with the grammar issues.