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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Tom Pender, Tom Pender
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Most accurate and complete book on UML 2

This book is the clearest, most accurate, and complete book onUML 2 that I'm aware of. Pender obviously read thespecifications carefully and took the time to explain them. Itprovides many examples, and metamodels for tool developers. Itshows the differences between UML 1.x and UML 2, facilitating thetransition for existing users. It also has insights into issuessuch as the relation between state machines and interactions, andthe role of activities in object-orientation. The advancedreader can also find information about OCL, XMI, MDA, and UMLprofiles defined by OMG. Colleagues have thanked me forrecommending it, one saying "that book is saving my %^&*$".Congratulations to the author on very fine work.
Conrad BockWorkgroup Lead for UML 2 Activities and ActionsU.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."Search on "JOT UML 2" for more information.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simplicity and Power

I f you want to be proficient at Flash, it's imperative that you learn Action Script. With several references on the market, how do you choose one that will give you not only confidence to learn how to script , but also will give you a plethora of pertinent examples that most web designers use? Look no further, Flash MX Actionscripting is a top choice! There are three reasons that make this book excellent :1. Simplicity-Flash enables one to achieve the same results in several ways, and part of learning how to script is developing your own style. What I love about this book and Derek's teachings is one can achieve awesome interactive results writing in a straight forward and simplistic way. You'll learn to write expressions using dot syntax that create powerful actions. You'll learn a logical and orderly way of writing that will reduce needless lines of code, avoid possible mistakes or errors, and will give you a foundation that you can build on as you progress through the book.
2. Hands-on-taking Macromedia's Training from the Source method to the next step, this book allows you to quickly learn the scripting process (brackets, event handlers) by giving you projects, but it's power is in the explanations: lots of Flash books give you examples and an overview of the code, but seldom do they provide as much in-depth as this book does. You'll start to understand the "why's and how's" that will help you create some masterful projects of your own.
3. Writing-this is one of the forte's of this book. Have you ever had to read something redundantly until it made sense? Or after you read it you were more confused and defeated than before? Derek is a true teacher in his writings. Instead of giving you some geek foreign language, he uses every day examples that help you to immediately learn this new "foreign language" and gain confidence with each lesson.
Since Flash gives you only a reference guide to Action Script, one must find a more detailed reference to take advantage of this power language-Flash MX Advanced Actionscripting by Derek Franklin and Jobe Makar is the answer!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's SQL for SQL Server
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Bryan Syverson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book to learn SQL Server and T-SQL

This book gets right to the meat of SQL Server and T-SQL code. It is clear, concise, and right to the point. This book would make an excellent text book for any SQL Class. Worth every penny.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Proven Portals: Best Practices for Planning, Designing, and Developing Enterprise Portals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Sullivan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Jack of all trades, master of...none

To call this book "best practices" does the reader a disservice. The author's glossing over of Earned value (e.g., ROI) leaves the reader with an incomplete picture of how to compute these values. If this is your first/only source of information then when you try to give those numbers to your CFO, she will BURN you. Do yourself a favor and pick up another book on Earned Value and actually _learn_ how it is calculated, rather than relying on the poor presentation here.
Another juicy tip you're dying to find out: "Most portals have three-part layout" Oh really? Try again, Timmy.