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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I dread the thought of working w. people who havent read it


It is really scary to be a C++ programmer and having to collaborate with people that havent read this book. It is literally like difusing a time bomb.
C++, while a great language, has so many traps, especially on memory management, that makes it really easy, even for the non-beginner, to fall in. In this book you will find DEADLY snipets of code that will not raise suspicion even to seasoned programmers. This book, explains the whys and the hows of these deadly situations that any compiler will happily compile, but will create long term and very difficult to find bugs.
I consider this book to be part of the formal training of any C++ programmer. I feel nervous with colleagues that have not read it.
Cudos to Scott Meyers. Even though I already have the paperback, I am now ordering the CD with the 50+35 ways to improve your code. I just cant afford not having both in my laptop.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for any serious Win32 programmer


As a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft Corporation I am constantly reading books on programming topics. Every so often I run across a book that I deem as "the book" for specific subject, and make it a point to keep a copy of it in my office and at home. Advanced Windows is one of those books. As an author (of Special Edition, Using Visual Basic) I appreciate a book that is both a good read and very informative. That is exactly what this book is, and I would encourage any serious windows programmer to have this one in their collection. If you haven't read this book, you don't know what you are missing. Don't take my word for, ask any successful Win32 programmer



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
You wont need another book on refactoring if you have this


Great book with very clear writing style, no fluff. Excellent structure and examples. This is classic.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dell sets high goals and then exceeds them!


I've heard of people who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, Mike Dell with born with the whole darn cutlery set!From selling his stamp collection at age 12 for a tithy profit, through exceeding his teachers salaries while selling newspapers in High School, starting the world's # 1 PC Company in his dorm room and in turn creating a stock that has grown 33,000% in the last five years. This man is absolutely incredible!!What is really interesting is that you would expect these accomplishments from a man well into his 50's or 60's. Mike is only in his 30's. The kid is just getting warmed up.Direct from Dell is a living testimony of the American Free Enterprise system in action.Mike Dell; the man who set his goals high and then surpassed them in record breaking time.This book is a great read. I also recommend Magic of Thinking Big and I believe that Mike Dell would recommend that book also.