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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
10 Stars

First of all, this is not just a book for novice OO programmers. It is a booked aimed at developers and architects as well. There are a lot of methodologies out there, but many of them are inaccessible. This is a full-fledged OO development methodology that is really understandable. Huge bonus: Grasp, which tell you how to construct classes. Bonus 2: UML explained, in depth, from a design standpoint, in the context of a design. It's just so nice to see it finally explained in a useful manner. Best of all: in depth, thorough, patient, approachable explanations about how design decisions are made. I would recommend this book if you do any kind of architectural work at all. It's much better than UML Distilled, the UML Users Guide, UML Components because it's written in an approachable style and doesn't skimp on the explanations. Fantastic, cannot say enough about it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: J.D. Biersdorfer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great update!

"iPod & iTunes, 2nd Ed.: The Missing Manual" is an update to the 2003 book, "iPod, The Missing Manual". I described the earlier book in a prior review as "having everything you wanted to know" about the iPod, its software, and its accessories. It was everything a manual should be and more.
Since then, the iPod has changed - it's now bigger and more capable, has newer and better software, and has been joined by the iPod mini. This new edition of "iPod and iTunes" is bigger, updated, and improved as well. It still is everything a manual should be and more. It has everything you could possibly want to know about the iPod universe, circa May 2004.
For example, Apple bundles a set of earphones with the iPod which are described as noticeably better than most. The book reveals that the Apple speakers use neodymium transducer magnets, described by Apple as five times as powerful as conventional aluminum or cobalt used in cheaper units. That material is a rare earth metal, atomic #60. Not every resource would have that depth of description or explanation!
In its sixteen chapters and 349 pages (including index), the book updates the original by describing the latest iPod hardware and available accessories. It details the features of the latest iPod, iTunes, and iSync software, both Mac and Windows versions. Regarding nearly all its topics, the book makes every attempt to cover both the Mac and PC variants, including the PC-specific Music Match Jukebox software included as an alternative to the PC version of iTunes.
Even if you don't have an iPod yet, you still will have a great manual for the iTunes software which has more features than previously and includes the iTunes Store features.
From learning how to maximize and/or benefit from the iPod and iTunes software, to knowing all the available accessories for the iPods, this book is as thorough and useful as you can get.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Tradings Systems That Work: Building and Evaluating Effective Trading Systems
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Thomas Stridsman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book..

Recommended but wuth some caution. The pluses include author is candid about his thoughts, raises some excllent points about using percent rather than dollar amounts. When testing use either market adaptive stops or percents to normalize. It is however a diifcult read....never managed to finish reading it cover to cover. I have large amounts of it on many occassions and do feel qualified to comment. I really liked his comments on TRADESTATION the so called industry standard...an overpriced and [very] ugly way of inflicting testing your methodology to come by !
Now system writer that was one that really made a gargantuan difference to actual traders

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth buying.. cool tricks

This book has realy some practical cool tricks.. Most of the Wrox books address verymuch current issues... Has good ETL framwork chapter.. most of the chapters are well written