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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Steven John Metsker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Design Patterns in C#: A great book!

This book is very well and clearly written, with to the point examples and figures.I enjoyed reading it, and even more enjoyed learning new patterns, and recognising some of the patterns I already did use (though without knowing it had a name).The book contains lots of "challenges" or questions, and if you try to answer them, you really get to understand the pro's and cons of every patterns... Of course, it contains all the answers, so you can check if you're thinking the right thing.
Steve, please continue writing about the other 77 patterns :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
What about the Mac?

I have just purchased this book, and I'm debating if I should send it back. I use a Macintosh, and although there is an XML Editor out there for the Mac (Emile Pro) this book and it's CD are non-inclusive of users of the Mac platform. It says so on page Xiii in the book but there was no warning online before I bought it. Too bad, considering it would have been a small effort for a book about a platform-independent development tool.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not an introductory text

I used this book for a introductory course to graduate students that had no programming experience. This book was not set up for introductory students. You really need to have expericence with programming languages, especially C and Pascal to make heads or tails of this book.I didn't like the layout...spending the first part of the book telling you what it is going to talk about, and then spending the second part retelling you. In some cases, in exactly the same words....the organization needs some work and the index and glossary were not thorough enough to be of help. I ended up buying two other books on programming languages to help explain this one to me so I could finish the course.The review questions did nothing to prepare you for the problem sets at the end of each chapter and the problem sets didn't really have examples in the text that you could refer back to. Like I said, it seemed that the book expected you to know more than introductory level.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing IT as a Business : A Survival Guide for CEOs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mark Lutchen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for IT professionals developing a career roadmap

This is a fabulous book for experienced or aspiring IT managers whose goal is to prepare for ascension through the ranks, especially to the CIO level. In simple yet rich language, Mark presents a clear picture of the future of the IT organization and the competencies needed in the CIO and senior team heading up this professional services operation. The examples and case studies are rich with insights. In short, this book is pragmatic and weighty, yet also highly readable and I dare say outright enjoyable. I highly recommend it as a must read for anyone who wants to develop an effective IT career roadmap. Thank you Mark Lutchen.
Joe Santana,Co-author Manage IT