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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book for Intermediate C++ Developers


If you are an intermediate developer seeking a book that will take you to the next level, this book is it.
It goes into the intricate details of all the C++ constructs you thought you knew how to use. The author goes into detail about Exception Handling, Namespaces, STL, Memory Management, OOD, and more.
This book is a great mixture of concept and implementation information, giving the why, when, and how for each concept.
I highly recommend this book to Intermediate programmers (I suggest beginning programmer's find another book to use first).
Regards,Cole



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft(r) SQL Server(tm) 2000 Analysis Services Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: OLAP Train, Reed Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A really great book


A really great book for someone wanting to come to grips with the SQL Server OLAP or Analysis Services. The book takes one through the processes of creating cubes and reporting from them, in a step by step, orderly manner. The book was recommended by several attendees at the recent PASS conference in San Francisco. I bought the book and installed the analysis services on an NT server and have been working with it for the past 10 days. The reading is easy and helps one come up to speed in an efficient and effective manner. For a beginner or someone with some OLAP product training, the book is really great.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Masterly, Comprehensive Reference on Refactoring


The refactoring concept fits perfectly with extreme programming (XP).
XP (aka ready-fire-aim) recommends that developers get the solution coded and working ASAP (without big-up-front-design or analysis-paralysis) and then (shed your inhibitions; you won't really understand the problem until you've coded it) gradually improve on the design by refactoring the code.
This very accessible book has contributions from Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, and Don Roberts.
The author uses fragments of Java code to demonstrate refactoring.
The book contains a section on code "smells" that identify ugly code and a catalog of about 50 refactoring patterns, diagrammed using UML and documented per the template popularized by "Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" by Erich Gamma et al.
In his book "Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change," Kent Beck has this to say about Martin Fowler's book "The reference for refactoring. Get it. Study it. Use it."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 (How to Do Everything)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Ellen Finkelstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You need this book.


This book makes it easy to look up the answers to my questions. It is a perfect book for a novice because the directions are so clear and it's great for me as I know lots but need some help in certain areas. I found that help easily. I love the cautions Ellen gives. For example, she gives a caution about being sure the hyperlink color shows up on the slide. All these pointers make it easy for me to help my clients. She's got call out boxes called tips, short-cuts, cautions, did you know's and how to's. There's an excellent chapter on creating charts. I use this as a reference for when my clients ask me questions as well as an update for what's new in PowerPoint 2003. You can only create more effective presentations using Ellen's clear descriptions and easy to follow pointers.