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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Business Modeling With UML: Business Patterns at Work
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Magnus Penker, Magnus Penker, Hans-Erik Eriksson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very high level, often inconsistent


I enjoyed the concepts, and the book is actually very readable. But when it came time to start applying the techniques my tune changed a bit. If you are using a simple drawing tool (like Visio or similar) to render your UML diagrams, then this book may be helpful to you. If you are using a more sophisticated tool like Rational Rose, then I think you will have difficulty creating the necessary business extensions and stereotypes. (Is that a criticism of the book or of Rose - you decide).
Another criticism is that the authors appear to have made themselves readily available for questions and additional info, but in fact this is not true in my case. Also the the URL that is provided on page xix (in the introduction), which is supposed to contain additional examples and articles is no longer available. I hate that! It appears as though the authors have left this book behind them, so perhaps you might as well to.
If you are in the inception phase of a business modeling initiative and you are using Rational Rose, then I would not recommend attempting to apply the techniques in this book with that toolset.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No good for the basics


If you're starting out in ASP then perhaps this is not the book for you. I've barely looked at the book, admittedly, but when I did need some help with my ASP script this book didn't help very much.
It was also annoying to be told on page 68 that details of all the ServerVariables collection members would be described in the appendix, and they're not (unless they're really good at hiding).
I've just downloaded the VBScript language reference from the Microsoft web site which will probably help me a lot more.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A new reference standard for Motion Graphics artists


This is indeed a great book for those looking to start using After Effects to throw together motion graphics and snazzy video tidbids up to 30-seconds long. The hard work put in by the authors is quite evident.
IT DOES DEAL WITH: Creating animated logos and motion graphics, working in high resolutions, and all the quirks of digital video. For example, did you know that NTSC does not run at exactly 29.97 frames per second? Etc. IT DOES NOT DEAL WITH: the ins and outs of filmlook procedures, or how to use After Effects for advanced practical cinema effects like bluescreen (keying) work, rotoscoping out wires and such, or dealing with After Effects when working with compositions longer than a few minutes. IT WON'T TEACH YOU ANYTHING IF: You're familiar with digital video and you've performed the ubiquitous "Classroom in a Book" tutorial excercises. THIS PRODUCT LOSES TWO STARS BECAUSE: Authors Trish & Chris Meyers apologize early on for including only Macintosh-format screenshots and keyboard shortcuts--quite irritating for PC power users. Also, having to re-link all the source files on the CD tutorials is an unnecessary hassle. There should be two versions of this book, one each for PC and Mac. IN THE END, like all the Meyers' tutorials, this book feels like an advertisement for overpriced plugins that only large studios and industry professionals can afford. Indeed, it's quite contradictory: the first twenty chapters address novitiate issues while expecting you've already got $30,000 worth of software installed on your system!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Discrete-Time Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Alan V. Oppenheim, Ronald W. Schafer, John R. Buck
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
yes, it is!


This is the book that focuses on the concept more than any thing else which ,in turn, build up your insight through the material.

This book addresses discrete time signal processing issues in an ordinary fashion and doesn't cover more advanced topics like wavelets or statistical signal processing.

Maybe you would be interested in this book if you are that senior/first year graduate student looking forward a nice job with a high salary or a DSP engineer that is interested in keeping his job :)

Overall, nothing can get better than Oppenheim DSP 1975 but however, this is a nice volume if you don't have the preceding one.
It is almost the same quality isn't it?