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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jason Price, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best


I read through this book at the local bookstore and then bought it online. I agree with the other reviewers: this book is simply the best one around.
There are so many books on C# now, but a few really shine as being great. This book is one of them.
I liked this book because it can be used as both a user guide to learn C# _and_ as a reference book to C# and .NET. No other book even comes close to that goal, and the authors have done a really great job.
Another great thing about this book is that it can be used by beginners and advanced users, so if you don't know C# you can learn everything you need from this book. Even if you don't know programming, this book is written in a style that you can understand - all without talking down to the reader.
There are also topics covered in this book not covered in any other book - such as security and other advanced topics.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Requirements Engineering Handbook (Artech House Technology Management and Professional Development Library)
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Ralph Rowland Young, Ralph R. Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical desktop reference guide for Requirements Analysts


I was eager to get a copy of this follow-up to Dr Young's "Effective Requirements Practices" (ERP) because ERP is one of my favourite requirements books -- and on first review, its sibling looks to be an excellent companion volume. Where ERP laid out 10 key requirements practices and focused on *what* to do, the Requirements Engineering Handbook (REH) covers *how* to do it -- the process, tools, and techniques to help identify what Dr Young calls "REAL" requirements.
The REH discusses the roles, skills, and characteristics a Requirements Analyst (RA) needs to be effective. It defines over 20 types of requirements, and tells you how to gather and manage them. Like Steve McConnell does in his excellent project management books, Ralph Young sets all of this in a context that helps if you're using the CMMI, but doesn't require it. He also adds case studies and sidebar commentaries from both luminaries and run-of-the mill RAs (which helped convince me I could really do this stuff on my project!)
Like ERP, REH is extensively footnoted, with a very complete and current set of references & URLs that makes it essentially an index into the requirements body of knowledge. This Handbook is concise (215 pp, plus glossary & 10 pg bibliography), so when looking for references, it's sometimes even faster than Google, because you get several footnotes that summarize the most appropriate literature, and help you get directly to relevant additional sources.
You don't get a CD like ERP had, but many of the techniques reference templates or guides that can be freely downloaded from the author's website. It's an easy read, and nicely laid out so you can find things when thumbing through. Good Stuff!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent but Too polite


This is an excellent book for learning the basics of UNIX and UNIX administration. However this book is just too polite about many things. Take for example their politeness in describing the use of floppy disks as a backup medium. It is because of this type of neutrality that I feel the Nemeth book is far better. In addition to having the technical content, the Nemeth authors have real opinions that can help guide a budding administrator.
Nevertheless, this book is still a good entry into the area.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
First step is a doozy---


The first few chapters are a bit much to swallow all at once, (for a CSS newbie) and you can't skip over them and go on, because you'll be completely lost. Once you get through that initial brain-meltdown, though, Meyer uses example after example to walk you through the actual uses of CSS.
It's an excellent book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand Cascading Style Sheets. O'Reilly need to contact Eric Meyer and have him update it. I'd go out and buy it again.