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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Project Management: A Unified Framework
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Walker Royce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
To little how in the text


The resources on the line to deliver the software development product know what needs to be done. The chronic challenge is getting senior management to understand how they must support the "doers" in order for the organization as a whole to be successful.
This is the kind of book that can be shared with senior management in our endless efforts to help them understand why it is so key that they champion the best practices.
This book will not be easily dated. As our organization becomes more mature, the content and perspective put forth by Walker will continue to support us.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Inch deep, mile wide, avoid this like the plague...


I am an MCSE, NT 4 and Windows 2000, and I have my CCNA, A+, and Network +, and I have developed a much greater understaing of Windows operating systems in general, and Server 2003 specifically, by reading and completing the activities in Mark Minasi's book. It's true, that there is quite a bit of material, but ther topic requires it if one is to develope a thorough understanding on the Windows servers.
I enjoyed Mark's humor and comments throughout the book, and I believe this makes the book more enjoyable to read, and less like any other IT book published. Most technical manuals and books I have read (there have been too many) are as dry as the Mojave desert, and it's about time we are able to read an educational IT book that makes IT both entertaining and educational.
I would recommend this text to anyone who would like to develope a thorough understanding of Server 2003; for those that want a quick fix to pass a MCP exam, this would not be for you.
IT should be fun, at least most of the time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great reference tool


Thats exactely what I have done, I have bought two of these. One for work and one for home. This is a must have for any web developer. Unless your one of those people that can memorize every single HTML tag and all of its attributes I strongly suggest you purchase this book. Every HTML tag is listen in alphabetical order and every attribute listed following it.
The only thing I could have asked for more would be a small example below the tags themselves. I have been writing HTML, ASP, JavaScript, and more for over 3 years now and I use this book almost every day. I refrence it to make sure all my attributes are cross browser compatible and that I have labeled them all correct.
This is definately a must have and make sure to keep it close.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential reference for C (and C++) programmers


I've never understood why this book hasn't gotten more attention, so I'll add my vote to the others.
I'm a professional software developer (MFC, C++, and C). I first learned C in about 1992 using Kernighan and Ritchie, the only other C book you ever need to buy.
I own several other C books, but have found that C ARM is the only one I ever use. Everything is there, in enough detail to answer every question I've ever had about C. The book even covers earlier versions of the language, if you're stuck with an older compiler (or need to port some older code).
Secondly, the book is detailed and strict. Short of checking the actual standards documents, I know of no better way to answer those nit-picky language-lawyer questions that _will_ pop up sooner or later. I use a reference for those things that _don't_ pop up every day, and hence aren't usually covered in a tutorial book. They're in C ARM.
C++ programmers should own a copy of C ARM, too. C is, after all, a "subset" of C++. However, C++ is such a huge language that the standard C++ reference/tutorials like Stroustrup (my preference), or Lippman and Lajoie, leave full coverage of C to other books. That's where C ARM comes in. No, you're not supposed to use printf() in C++ applications, but people do and you may well have to debug their code. If that's not convincing, recall that level of detail that I mentioned above. Stroustrup doesn't even have an ASCII table.
Again, this is definitely not a primer. It is a reference for experienced C programmers. Buy K&R if you want to learn C.