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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
F A N T A S T I C


This book is fantastic for many reasons - foremost in my list because it indirectly teaches what good OOP looks and feels like in implementation. Many books try to do this, but don't quite do it the way this one does it for me. This book shows you how to detect "smells" in code that need attention. More interesting is how a so-so/poor program can be turned into an elegant piece of engineering that is simpler to read and understand.
In addition:
* It's well written.
* Indirectly shows you how to make better OO code
* Section on identifying "bad smells" in code is dead on.
Must get. - Best programming related book I have read this year (2000).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Expect more Exploring


I felt I was given a simple overview of Expect then Expected to understand the complex examples. This book only helped me to get started with the more practical type of problems I was attempting to solve with Expect, but leaves me looking for more practical examples and more explanation on how to complete the scripts I've attempted to create. The things I wish to know more about are the things that aren't explained very well, and the examples aren't very useful towards solving more practical problems.
One particular area I felt the book really lacked in was its explanation of Expectk. It helped me to understand the fundamentals of it, but didn't give a very good example of a practical use for it. It also didn't explain how to do many of the things I wish to do with it. I almost feel like I need another book just for expectk. It also didn't give any kind of decent help on how to install expect and it's needed components.
If your looking to wet your appetite, then this book will work for you, but I expect you'll be left wanting for more, and possibly confused about many things.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-299): Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network (Pro-Certification)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Tony Northrup, Orin Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the Exam and Great content


I just passed the exam, and this book was an important method of study for me. There are quite a few pragmatic examples regarding security and various standards and questions that will help on the exam, and just increase a general understanding of Windows Server 2003 security,



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Mining Techniques : For Marketing, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management
Publisher: *Wiley Computer Publishing
Authors: Michael J. A. Berry, Gordon S. Linoff
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good book


i liked the flow in the book