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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Big Book

I have been using Macs since OS 6 was the operating system. Now, several years and many operating systems later, I finally broke down and purchased this "how-to" Mac book. It's gigantic and I certainly wasn't going to sit down and start reading. I put it on the night table and one night I looked up a topic and there was the answer to my query! That was encouraging. Then the next night, I picked up the tome again and started leafing through the topics in which I was interested. To my surprise and chagrin, I was learning new Mac stuff. You think you know it all and then another system comes along and screws with the status quo. Oh well...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE SQL 2000 Administration Exam Cram (Exam: 70-228)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very useful

I read the entire book in 2 days... there is nothing in the book to actually remember... No concepts are described... all you see in this book are the screen shots of Enterprise Manager...

Honestly I don't recommend this book. I didn't try the Microsoft press book.. If I were to choose between this book and the Microsoft press book I would go for the Microsoft press book because I am very sure that any other book will have more information than this book. This book has nothing at all.. believe me.. NOTHING to read for the test.

I have used several Exam Cram books before and all of them turned out to be very useful other than this book. This book is not at all comparable with other books so use other books for your preparation.


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CMMI Distilled: A Practical Introduction to Integrated Process Improvement, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dennis M. Ahern, Aaron Clouse, Richard Turner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Succinct description of the CMMI's current state

This book will give you a jump on the integrated capability maturity model (CMMI) that is expected to be fully implemented in the Fall of 2003. This integrated model is based on the current CMM versions for software, integrated product development and systems engineering.
Because the CMMI is still evolving there will be inevitable changes between information and details in this book and the final version. This book's organization and the clear descriptions of the existing source models from which the CMMI is derived will arm you with enough information to either plan a transition to the CMMI or evaluate the model as an implementation goal.
The book starts with the rationale for the CMMI and a good description of how the source models integrate. This is followed by five chapters that dissect the CMMI. Areas covered include conceptual, structural and process area points of view. I especially liked Chapter 5, CMMI Representations, because it gives the clearest description of staged and continuous models. This is augmented in Chapter 9 by an excellent comparison of these two models, which discusses reasons for liking each model and for choosing one representation model over the other. There is also important material on assessments and how the CMMI is evolving that make this book important.
If your company is currently using the CMM or considering it this book distills a great deal of SEI documentation into 335 pages and does a good job of describing the CMMI and summarizing the issues. While you will still have to keep up with the CMMI as it evolves, this book will get you quickly up to speed.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Analysis Patterns : Reusable Object Models (Addison-Wesley Object Technology: Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book for all analysts

I've got most of the books on patterns and find that this is the one I use the most. The writing is clear, the patterns address problems that I run into, and mostly the solutions are just what I need. This book is great to give to analysts who are having trouble agreeing with each other, because they often are persuaded by the book. It is great to give to analysts who are trying to master OO concepts, or to programmers who don't understand why things have to be so complicated. Everybody I know who has read it likes it. I just wish more people would read it!
The only thing I don't like about the book is the notation. I wish he had used UML. On the other hand, after you spend a few days with it, it isn't hard to understand. It is just one more notation.