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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for Beginners to ATL or COM

I never read a book by Andrew Troelsen before , now that I have, I wish he had authored a lot of the other books in the library too.Explanation of the subject matter is very simple yet detailed, very focused and in a way that would stick for a long time.The good things that my co-reviewers have mentioned about this book prior to this review are all true. In a nutshell, if you are waiting to learn COM/DCOM/ATL inside out, all the nuts and bolts of it, then your wait is over.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Secret to my Success! (Robin Slam-dunks with this Book!)

This basic guide to design principles is not only clearly written, it "walks the walk" as well as "talks the talk". That is, the basic principles are demonstrated clearly by the book's many "before and after" graphic examples. It is non-technical and easy to understand. It focuses on a few core ideas that will help anybody improve his or her ability to design attractive printed material. There is some overlap between this and the author's book on web design (The Nondesigners' Web Book), but I found both worthwhile.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for the Web with Servlets, JSP, and EJB: A Developer's Guide to J2EE Solutions
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Budi Kurniawan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It Will Become a Classic

Contains a rare combination: Is serious, detailed, not boring, and the most important, make you really learn the techniques that it describes.
When you decide to purchase a technical book, the real investment that you make is not the price of the book, but the time that you spend reading an studing it. Well, it worths every second of reading.
I rarely remember such a learning experience, just when I read "Basic Basic" in the early 80's (I was really younger then...)
Nothing more to say: you will really learn.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Complete Vision for Managing Software Projects

This book is a wonderful resource for the frustrated developer attempting to understand the software management process. It is filled with little understandings which illuminate different aspects of broken process. This book made be laugh and cry with recognition as I read it. I couldn't put it down.
What is useful about this book, is that it presents a complete process model. This book is a great vision reference for a group. It's completeness, is it's realy strength. Rather than focusing on what goes wrong, this book explains how to do things right, and points out what failures that prevents.
This book deserves all five stars, for it's completeness and focus, although I think a more appropriate title might be "A Complete Vision for Managing Software Projects." This book is not really about individual survival for Software Projects, it's about team survival. In that sense, this book is designed with the Manager in mind, rather than the individual developer.
The resources provided by the Author's website (and other books) raise the bar for what it means to be a software professional, and in that sense, this book is inspirational for the developer wishing to become an expert in their field.
I intend to have every co-worker in my group read this book.