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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
Don't make the same mistake once...learn from others


As a technologist who has transitioned to product team leadership, this book distils many of the lessons I've learned through study, trial, and error. As someone who still bridges the gap between software development and executive management, I found this book a great refresher and filled with little "oh yeah!" insights. And, as I continue to work with teams to manage and develop new products, I'm sure I'll use it as a reference and a teaching resource, bringing the "big picture" into view and avoiding costly pitfalls. Anyone managing product development or marketing, aspiring to manage, or unhappy with current management should definitely read Hohmann's work. Valuable stuff!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: 3D Game Engine Design : A Practical Approach to Real-Time Computer Graphics
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David H. Eberly
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Definitely written by a mathematician for mathematicians


This book reminds me of all the reasons I struggled through school trying to comprehend math. Most books then were written like this one, with unending streams of heiroglyphics representing formulas from somewhere in the book, if you could only remember where. A thoughtful use of white space would help and . . . use short sentences! Why writers like to use huge, uncommon words to muddy an already complicated subject is beyond me.
After reading and re-reading just two sentences of a chapter I feel somewhat knowledgeable in, I got a headache. The book is hardly practical as it's subtitle indicates. Most will not be able to comprehend it. There are many other more practical and understandable books out there.
This is not to say Mr. Eberly knows not what he speaks. He is very well known in these circles. He says he changed careers from being a mathematician to a computer scientist. I only hope he doesn't try to change careers to book writing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book - Not For Beginners


Browsing through this book first-hand from the library immediately convinced me to buy this book. The chapters are broken up into specialized sections and each section is broken down furthur. So if I need to brush up on on the datagrid, I know where to go. Secondly, most of the examples were easy enough to follow. The only beef I have is that as you progress the examples become very advanced (Quickly) and require you to do a little side research (Which is not a bad thing I suppose.) An example would be in the calendar webform section. There is an example of creating a calendar scheduler that uses streams and binary writers. These objects dont get covered until the end of the book. I like to read in a linear fashion, I dont like having to read ahead to figure out how something works. Finally, the request and response intrinsic objects could use more explanation. I know that webforms deprecate many of its functionality, but I know for a fact that the response, server, and request objects bring new features to the table. Over-all the book is a good reference and I understand that ASP.NET is much more vast and requires more explanation than 1300 pages can offer. This book is not for beginners, I must say that my prior experience with classic ASP has made this book an easy adjustment for me.
Finally, this book could use pictures to back up its examples and because im VB.NET doesn't mean everyone is. It wouldn't hurt to throw C# examples in. Considering C# may become the more popular of the two languages.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, in-depth summary of servlets


I have a preprint of this book, and even without an index and some of the figures, this is really a first-rate technical resource. It has good depth, and lots of useful examples. Karl Moss' servlet book looks good in many ways (and beat this one to market by 3-5 months), but I think the O'Reilly book will (per usual) be the best one for serious developers.