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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Well thought out and practical advice on managing projects

I've read McConnell's other books and I think that they are excellent. This book contains alot of the same information as Rapid Software Development, but it has much more of a slant towards applying the ideas. I think that anybody involved in software development should read this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inventor Mentor : Programming Object-Oriented 3D Graphics with Open Inventor, Release 2
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Josie Wernecke, Open Inventor Architecture Group
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Strong Buy. Open Inventor is an exciting 3D language

I teach a five week course using this book. Students praise the material as being comprehensible, easy to understand, and creative. After each chapter the student should be able to perform certain open inventor tasks. I assign daily programming variations drived from the book. The accumulative effect is to have a student capable of maintain or developing applications in Open Inventor. The logical extension of the programming language is to develop using SGI tools or TGS tools. I think the Inventor Mentor book is one of the most prized Open Inventor books on the market. I adhere to the book when teaching Open Inventor exclusively. The Open Inventor book sheds a new light on the next five weeks which moves into VRML and Java. Interestingly, the mechanizms for controling nodes in the scene graph using Java are very similar to Open Inventor Node manipulation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Direct From Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industr

I found this publication to be an easy to read book about a young man's extraordinary successful business adventure. This young man was Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corp. The book demonstrated that fast growth is not always the best road to travel, in the computer industry. Michael Dell can very much attest to this statement. He began his computer business within the four walls of his dormitory room, at the University of Texas in Austin in 1983. Over ten years his corporation grew tremendously! This growth was not without hardships, which Michael and his team did endure. Dell developed a customer-focused philosophy, which I believe played a critical role in his business's success. He not only formed strong alliances with employees and customers, but also with suppliers within the industry. Dell has been a very successful business as was witnessed in its growth from a $159 million company to an $18 billion company. I enjoyed this book immensely, and I found it energizing and invigorating. It was a good success story.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual C++.NET: How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good on its topic

This book is a very nice choice for learning .NET 1.1 programming with C++, provided that you have enough knowledge of the C++ language itself (as always is the case when programming with C++ in some platform).