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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
GREAT BOOK (if you can get past Booch's ego)

I bought this book due to a positive comment in B. Stroustrup's "The C++ Programming Language" bibliography. I was not dissapointed. This book covers everything from terminology, to useful notations, to actual application of techniques.
I teach C++ as part of my job, and have found many design books to be shallow works which cover proprietary notations, with a few cookbook recipes thrown in. These books commonly show a lack of real development experience, and are more theory than practice.
This is not the case with this book, which combines work from many different sources. It also consistently includes references to alternative opinions when covering controversial material.
Mr. Booch stresses the need for intelligent, and sometimes ad hoc decisions which are based on good design principles, and are refined as a project evolves. But he doesn't stop there. He explains useful techniques and thought processes which are the primary tools of good OO A&D.
This is one of the best design books I have seen to date.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Services (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Timothy A. Howes, Mark C. Smith, Gordon S. Good, Tim Howes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a wonderful book.

This book gives a good architect's or project manager's understanding of LDAP and of the difficulties inherent in deploying any complex mission critical software system. The book covers schema and name space design, security considerations, legacy integration, capacity planning, systems management and procurement. All of these issues are discussed in a vendor neutral tone, though the references are a bit heavy on Netscape publications.
This is not a programming book and this is not a product manual. For architects, this is a concept book rather than a reference book: After reading this book you will still need to spend hours pouring over your vendor's manuals figuring out how to implement your design. For a project manager, this book may deserve the "bible" moniker, with the checklists something that can be used to guide the deployment of many new systems. While there is one, quite good, chapter on application design, application design is not the focus. Tim and Mark's earlier book covers that topic in much more detail.
The book, at 850 pages, is long, but it should be easy going for a database professional. The book itself looks like it was laid out with an HTML browser's "Print" command.
If you are considering an LDAP deployment, using any LDAP server, you will find this book invaluable during the evaluation, planning and deployment process.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A fine reference

This little reference is excactly what a CSS reference should be, including bug- and compatibility information for Netscape 4/6, IE 4/5/5.5 and Opera 3/4/5. The only small drawback I can think of is that I occasionally find it a little difficult to find the information I need. It is there, but sometimes you have to jump a little around between different sections in the book, before you have all the information you're looking for. To make it absolutely perfect you could add information about other alternative browsers, mostly I'm thinking about Konqueror. But these are minor subjects.
This is no tutorial, but it is a fine reference. I don't think I will be fair if I don't give it at least 4 stars, and I'm not really sure theres a good reason not giving it 5, so...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Lighting & Rendering
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeremy Birn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the BEST books ever

This is a must have for all cg artists wherever they may be. It deals mainly with lighting but also it touches upon color theory, cinematography, 3 light setups and much more such as staging and texturing and... and...This book has everything. Mr. Jeremey Birn writes mith a very easy to read language which encapsulates all the information you'll need to upgrade your images and animations.Not intended to be software specific the book manages to cover all bases and create a certain bar to accomplish. In the end you'll know much more about the world around u...Did I say that it is a must have?