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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book but...

Dan Cederholm's book had 2x more information and examples and was 2x thinner.
J. Zeldman's book is a basic introduction to CSS, but is quite good for XHTML, Accessibility, and standards in general. This book is general purpose. It's a lot of blablabla and jokes too, and sometimes distracts the reader from what she should stay focused on. It shouldn't be your 1st book or you might get lost at times. The few examples are interesting. Zeldman should release a 2nd edition without all the talking about his own life and sarcastic stories, but with all examples from A List Apart. It would be very interesting. Ok, buy it if you already read the masterpieces of webdesign like Dan Cederholm and Eric Meyer :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not all that it's cracked up to be...

As a management consultant responsible for providing project management expertise during the custom application development lifecycle, I felt this book was light on content. Granted, it is a nice primer for someone who is new to the object oriented world; however, most managers will find it too elementary. Further, I find the Rational series to be too theoretical and not practical for organizations that have resource constraints.
In short, "too simple" and "nice in theory" characterize this whole series.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Object Primer : Agile Model-Driven Development with UML 2.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Scott W. Ambler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Lots of information, enjoyable teaching style

The author has an excellent pedagogical style. As a result, this book is easy to read. Another plus is that the book covers a lot of ground, including the development spectrum (requirements, analysis, design, coding, testing, etc.), GUI modeling, data modeling, and database modeling, so most readers will be broadened by reading it. Another plus is that the author regularly shares what he has learned from personal experience. I found two minor annoyances. First, CONSTANTLY being reminded to produce models that are "just barely good enough" was like Chinese water torture. Secondly, the book practices what it preaches: instead of depicting models drawn using automated tools, in many cases the book depicts models drawn on a whiteboard by human hand, because that's "good enough." The problem is that in many cases I didn't find it good enough because the penmanship was such that I had a hard time reading the handwriting. Bottom line: if you want an up-to-date, introductory book that covers a lot of ground, this book has a lot of meat in it, it won't put you to sleep, and you'll almost certainly learn something.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004 Unleashed (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Woodgate, Stephen Mohr, Brian Loesgen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Biztalk Beginner Book-

For a beginner book, the book does have alot of explanation.
The books requires a lot of fiddling to get the examples to work.
So far this is the best book out for biztalk server 2004. The book is very comprehensive and a very good tutorial.
The explanations are a blast!

It would be nice if the following solutions to the below problems could be provided. They are both very important

The example submitting to a webservice enclosing an orchetration using infopath does not work p426-428

The example in chapter 19 p598-599 does not work since the information to configure the machine to handle msmqt and msmq
could not be found