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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent and thorough book for non-Windows programmers.

I've found the basic WIN32 topic well covered. However, I've been looking for a good discussion of the List View and other common controls. Most of them are basically ignored in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
155 Pages of Pride, Prejudice and Advertising

I could not fine one piece of information in this book that was new or insightful. The author often uses a rational like "My experience has taught me this." This would mean so much more if he provided the logic behind his implied wizardry. It is also quite often the case that the book jumps around the UML and the author presents his (or is his company's) own special way of doing things. His section on grammatical analysis looks like a botched attempt to succinctly capture what Wirfs-Brock did so well in her "Designing Object-Oriented Software" (published in 1990 and still a "five star" excellent read). The "case study" used for the book is vague and will likely have the reader spending more time trying to decipher the case concept before understanding the notational concepts. The one good part of the book, which is not a new idea either but was worth brushing up on, was idea of traceability within a project lifecycle. Overall, "Applying Use Cases: a Practical Guide," by Schneider and Winters is a much better read and will get you further along in your Use Case endeavors.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP Power Tools
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jim Boyce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Windows XP Power Tools - Best of Breed

Windows XP Power Tools is a jewel for advanced and power users of Windows XP, both the home and professional versions. It is well organized and can be read from cover-to-cover or by individual sections. Each section covers the topics in detail with excellent examples and illustrations.
Windows XP Power Tools is not just a rehash of vendor documentation or other authors that leave out important information. Rather, each topic is presented in enough detail to be complete and really useful.
To me, a good technical computer book allows the reader to stand on the shoulders of the author to get a jump-start on rapidly evolving technologies. The author, Jim Boyce seems to have broad shoulders on which to stand.
If you are an advanced computer user and want good, focused information on Windows XP, then get this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This one is the best

I have read lots of books in this subject area and have found this one to be the best. It is a good combination of theoretical and practical. Lots of good, relevant examples. Also, follow this author's other work