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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Modeling Essentials, Third Edition (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Graeme Simsion, Graham Witt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Creative Thinking on Data Modelling

This book presents a new perspective on data modelling. It focuses on the ideas on innovation, creativity and choice in the data modelling process and provides many useful practical examples. It should be read by all serious data modellers who need to be one step ahead of the usual prescriptive approach to data modelling.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Deepak Alur, John Crupi, Dan Malks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book - finally understand patterns

I have been programming Java for several years. I completed my programmer certification in 1999. I had made an attempt to learn patterns by looking at the GoF book. It was a total waste of time. I hear that it is a very good book, but it did nothing for me.
This book was totally different. It was a very easy read. Complete and concise. I especially like how patterns that are usually utilized in JSP designs are separated from those usually used for EJBs.
It lists the plus/minus for each pattern. It even suggests similar patterns.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but..not excellent.

This books is satisfactory..The first 10 chapters are good, the Schema Chapter 11 forgot how to tell the XML document which Schema do you want to use (This is a confusing figure it out chapter). The XML Databases chapter is poor, only showing examples with SQL Server (What about standard SQL databases, not the MS one).
The book is almost 900 pages but only 500 are material, the final 400 are case studies and appendixes.
However this is not a bad book, but is not the best way to start learning XML.
XML is not the replacement of HTML. If you want to write XML to convert it to HTML with XSL then you will take twice the time to create them, not an intelligent move. The true power comes when you want to interchage data between applications, not only web (you can use it with desktop applications with C++, Delphi, Java, VB, ASP or any other programming way) or to talk with a web server sending an XML request and receiving an XML response that you can parse with DOM or SAX.
Recommended but you will need other books to go on.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Adam Nathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Can't believe it!

I can't believe it! It is awsome book which I haven't seen any of COM book better than this before. I am not a professional programmer but after reading this book, I feel so good about my knowledge in windows programming and specially in the NET FRAME WORK. I bought a lots of Dot net books and still confusing about this new technology. But the ".NET and COM" is totally different. It clearly explains everything and giving the reader a really good concept. Eventhough, I haven't finished the book yet, but I can give the author 5 stars rate. Luckily, I bought this book with a cheap price and I 've got a huge information about COM and NET. I hope my future will get better cause of those information. Buy this book and buy "Applied the Net frame work" of Jeffrey Richter, you will not regret for what you do.