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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Joseph W. Lowery, Joseph W. Lowery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It Tells You What You Need to Know


As always, the Bible series of Computer Tech books are the best. They are written with the user in mind and are very clear and precise while covering everything about the subject. I wouldn't presume to start a new software program without my Bible!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I LOve This Book, But...


I've had this book for over seven years. The best buy of a computer science book for me. It was great when I was a student and its still useful now that I'm a professional. Definetely a book that should be on your shelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My kind of book


I certainly like the way its written. You're definitely learning a lot, by buying this book and reading it. A lot of tricks are given to bypass certain limitations of MS-SQL. It definitely shows you how to produce professionnel code( spoc that helps you comments your spoc). I'm actually not a wiz in T-SQL, so i was expecting more concept on how to write good code. I thought the section on .Net was taking to many precious pages of this book. I'm still happy that i bought this book. My skill weren't ready for this type of information.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman, Warren Selkow
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not much content


On the plus side, it's entertaining and, unlike most other books I read descriptions of, applies the Zachman framework to general business processes rather than only technology driven ones.
On the minus side, after six hundred pages I still don't understand the Zachman framework (take the labeled fast-track through the book to shorten it). This book is definitely not for practitioners and is of questionable value to beginners like myself. It's filled with entertaining examples and is fun to read, but I found the explanations inadequate. If you're the type who can read examples and have that "ah ha" moment where the lesson leaps out at you without being explained this book might be perfect for you. If you have more of a linear approach to learning, I suggest looking somewhere else.
The largest problem though is that the framework itself doesn't make sense. The book (and attached articles by Zachman) makes a big deal out of each cell being complete in and of itself and not duplicated by any other cell. But then the definitions and examples (both by O'Rouke et al. and in Zachman's articles) blur the cells into each other. For example, along the top of the framework there is Who, What, Why, When, and Where, each of which is supposed to be unique, with no overlap with other columns. The glossary defines What as "items like employees...." and Who as "people, including organizational descriptions..." What exactly, is the difference between "employees" and "people"? If you want an answer, you'll have to find it somewhere other than this book.
This book makes the framework seem one of those ideas which are great in theory and useless in practice. But since I know practitioners who do actually use the framework this may be a failure to explain and not a failure of the framework.
P.S. If you do get this book, the article on the CD titled, "Conceptual, Logical, Physical: It's Simple" helped clarify a few things for me and I suggest reading it.