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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
intro text to Computer Science at both MIT and Berkeley


This text was written by two professors at MIT for MIT's introductory computer science course. The fact that it is still used today as the intro text at both MIT and Berkeley speaks for itself.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Luke Hohmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-read for most professionals


Finally a book about software architecture that doesn't stop with 'design in the large'. Luke Hohmann shares his sound experience about all the aspects of architecting a software system that have been left to personal exploration by now: Deployment, Installation, Branding, Marketing, and Configuration to name some of the most important ones. A must-read if your software runs on more than a single machine.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A solid tutorial on ebay


There are so many books on the subject, that I had trouble deciding which to read. Because the Dummies series rarely lets me down, I bought this one and I was not disappointed! The book helped me gain confidence with buying and selling. It gave simple instructions to complete the requisite tasks and the information was spelled out in a friendly manner. The book had many tips that helped me win items at low prices and even gave me confidence to sucessfully list items for sale. I recommend it for any beginner who needs help negotiating ebay's enormous site.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A formidable weapon in any object modeling warrior's arsenal


"The Unified Modeling Language User Guide" is a comprehensive study of the Object Management Group's (OMG) and Rational Corporation's Unified Modeling Language (UML). It is written by the three Amigo's; Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh and Ivar Jacobson (order appears to be important, just look at the other books in this series) and carries a date stamp of September, 1998. The discussion as presented by Booch et al. covers what appears to be a similar range of topics to the UML 1.3 version as specified by the OMG. This text is written in a clear concise fashion including a generous introduction to the object paradigm. The book goes on to present a fairly complete picture of the UML's basic notation and concepts. Further, a description of many of the object paradigm's advanced mechanisms including distribution, persistence, and real-time issues as modeled in UML is presented. A comprehensive glossary is accompanied by three fairly complete appendicies, a quick reference to UML notation and diagrams, a list of UML standard elements Stereotypes, Constraints and Tagged Values and an abridged guide to the Rational Unified Process (RUP). As a profesional object modeler I have exteremely dog eared copies of a few tried and true basic object paradigm texts. The first couple that come to mind are Booch's Object Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications and Rumbaug's Object Modeling Technique. The tattered state of these tombs is due to using both as reference on more times than I would care to mention. These books have proven to be the basic guide, the corner stone, to the object paradigm for most CS and IT professionals. "The Unified Modeling Language User Guide" should prove to be able to shoulder this tradition and become the newest OO Bible, a formidable weapon in any object modeling warrior's arsenal. All in all this book is a good read (one cup of caffine needed) and provides great object paradigm basics and UML references. Of course there are other books that discuss the same topics such as, UML in a Nutshell from O'REILLY, (two thumbs up), Instant UML from Wrox (translated from French), UML Distilled from Addison Wesley, (outdated and incomplete) amongst others. Overall, "The Unified Modeling Language User Guide" is a must for any object modelers library. Four and one half stars. P.S. The 1.4 version of the UML is supposed to be accepted by the OMG in an April, 1999 time frame, these additions to the UML are not fully describe in the "The Unified Modeling Language User Guide". For the most part the UML 1.4 version concerns the addition of some of Object-Time's Real-Time Object Oreinted Modeling (ROOM) concepts.
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