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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Bible
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Robert Reinhardt, Snow Dowd, Robert Reinhardt, Snow Dowd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Its iight...

Umm The book is alright just that it starts really slow. I guess its because they trying to show those that dont know about flash the ups and downs but the book is alright. In the middle and during the end it starts to get a little hardcore in some ways. They do cover the basic things in flash and shows u a little about what more a user can do. The CD that comes with it is interesting in some ways . So the book is okay for the newbie and i believe the elite in some ways to have around so i give it a 4. shrug ~

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VHDL Starter's Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Sudhakar Yalamanchili
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for getting started and more...

This is one of the best sources to start learning VHDL. The concepts are covered and explained well. Examples are excellent. Covers most of the features in a few pages. Figures need some improvement in terms of placement.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Network Programming, Vol. 1: The Sockets Networking API, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens, Bill Fenner, Andrew M. Rudoff, Richard W. Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a great book, especially for Unix/networking developers

The book is incredible. I am still a proud owner ofthe original version (the one with a plain whitecover with blue lettering), but this new versionbeats everything.
Chapter 12 (IPv4 and IPv6 interoperability) is extremelyvaluable to slightly older developers like me that havea fair bit of IPv4 socket programming experience but thathave not had time to plunge seriously into IPv6 socketprogramming. Appendix A manages to give a fairly thoroughintroduction to both IPv4 and IPv6 in less than 20 pages.This will be very popular in universities.
The book also continues to be a living history of UNIX,where many given API calls are not only defined and explained,but documented as to how the API call came into being, howmany different versions of the function existed, why it gotchanged and when, along with recommended do's and dont's...
All around, a must buy for developers and evennon-developers who want to understand a bit of thethe true nature of the 'plumbing' that underliesthe Internet.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Introduction to OOAD

The book is very effective in leading the reader thru the same real-world example throughout the chapters. It covers concepts of solid object-oriented design principles, which helps improve a software designer's skill set. Larman does a good job of showing how patterns are used within the context of the Unified Process. The discussion on the GRASP patterns is exceptional, because their application in more complex design patterns is shown as well.