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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
She (the book) is beautiful...!

First of all, I would like to thank the authors for writting this excellent book. Hats off to all of you, O'Reilly and Head First Team (for editing)!

I literally love this book. In fact, I kissed this book in front of my wife. :)

I like everything about this book from brain-friendly writting style coupled with sound OO principles to heart-touching examples. The impressing examples in this book are green in my heart.

I have read many books and articles on patterns and found them dry. Bascially, It was boring to learn patterns from windows/UI specific (including maze) examples.

I would like to make a point here about GoF Design Pattern book. It's a good reference book, but GoF MUST come up with second edition.

I humbly respect the great work of the authors and I request them to write more specialized books like this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Outlook Programming, Jumpstart for Administrators, Developers, and Power Users
Publisher: Digital Press
Authors: Sue Mosher
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

An excellent high and low level view of programming Outlook 2000/XP. For an experienced programmer, the majority of the chapters get right into the code/objects/events/models you'll need. The code examples are not "toys", but (fortunately) are brief enough to focus on the subject being discussed.Novice and experienced programmers will appreciate the overview of the VBA environment/language within Outlook. Reading this book answered specific questions I needed answered about customization, and erased that "where do I start" feeling I had about programming in Outlook. Great 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
Good for programmers at any level

Regardless of whether you adopt each and every one of the recommended practices, this book clearly and concisely presents each concept with simple examples, UML diagrams, and good explanations of the pros and cons of performing each refactoring, as well as when to use them. These are great techniques to add to your toolset as an object-oriented programmer.
Be aware that as defined by the book, refactoring means changing a program without altering the behavior of the program ("Improving the design of existing code.") Refactoring is essential for any software that must be maintained or upgraded, so this book can be a great aid to anyone who works with code.
As a Gang of Four affiliated book, it uses the concept of patterns and a catalog to efficiently present material. It also uses the concept of "smells" of code to bridge intuition and best practices.
Overall, a worthwhile read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0: Deluxe Learning (Deluxe Learning)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource

This package has EVERYTHING that you will need to learn V.B. 6.0 and compile executable programs on your own. The step-by-step manual goes at a good pace for someone with little programming experience. The programmer's guide book and MSDN Help Library have the information necessary for those going beyond the 'Basic'.