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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Robert Penner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Where have you been all my (flash) life...


Incredible... I have read countless books on flash and specially on actionscript. Each has built up my understanding. This book has finally put it all into perspective. The examples are completely explained down to the thought process involved in coming up with the solution. Being that most flash designers come from a visual background, the book explains programming in a visual manner. Details like relating the makeup of an object with real life visual metaphors. The style of writing is to the point and at times witty and engaging... If you want to understand how the masters do what they do, you will not put down this book... great job...



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required reading!


This book is only for OOP black-belts, or those who wish to be.

The information in this book should be common knowledge for any software architect and in fact is required reading (along with UML Distilled, Enterprise Patterns and Refactoring, all by Martin Fowler) for anyone who wishes to advance beyond "Developer" at my company. This is must-know information for both designing systems and being able to describe those systems to others. If you look closely at any WELL DESIGNED system, you will see that it is simply of composite of the patterns in this book, implemented in a thoughtful way.

I have found few problems/issues/riddles in software design that cannot be addressed by the information in this book. It should be on EVERY serious developers bookshelf, or better yet, in their head!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for anyone wanting to learn HTML!


I had never read a book on computers that was concise, informative and easy-to-read... until I read this book. The book is great for a beginner, since it includes all of the very basic knowledge needed to begin coding, yet is still great for a experienced web designer, since it is comprehensive and appropriate for use as a reference book. I strongly suggest it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Spirit of OPENSTEP Programming


This book reflects the spirit of the NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP programmers perfectly. It starts very informally and goes on to proper applications. Along the way the author talks to you at the level of a casual friend and gives good anecdotal introductions to a lot of the ideas explained within. And he ends with telling you to be proud. Now, I'll admit I had a background in Objective-C programming and various NeXT objects, but I can see how this book could easily be used to learn ObjC along the way. And of course you have to be using the Apple Developer Tools with this book and it comes with the entire Apple book on Objective-C online and printable. That is in fact a clearly (both from my experience and from what the author tells readers) an essential companion to this book, the excellent online help Apple has provided. Despite having not written a proper NeXT app for _ages_ (though I have kept my ObjC skills in use as a general OO tool), I was able to write a functional application from the ground up the first night I read this book, and that is its true value. Overall it's a friendly tutorial on making use of the excellent tools Apple has provided to make quality programs on their excellent new old operating system. And that's why it works.