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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Full of mistakes


I read the first half of this, and found an error every other page, ranging from typos and missing brackets to plainly incorrect observations about hashing.I suspect the book was rushed to the presses without much proofreading.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful Introduction to XML


After being forced to purchase the disaster Deitel book on XML for a class, I found that the best introduction was Castro's Visual Quickstart guide on the subject. For a fraction of the price of the Deitel text, the essentials of XML are clearly explained in Castro's book. I have found her texts on Perl and HTML very useful as well.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book


This book is SO good. MFC becomes easy with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Single Sourcing : Building Modular Documentation
Publisher: Noyes Publications
Authors: Kurt Ament
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Effective and proven method


The entire approach given in this book is consistent enough with Information MappingŪ that it can serve as a guide to learning that highly effective technique on your own.
I was trained in Information MappingŪ in 2000 and have used the principles to excellent advantage since then. More importantly, those techniques - called 'single sourcing' in this book - foster the ability to create coherent documentation using geographically distributed teams. This is because the single sourcing technique described in this book is concerned with document design, which is based on a process that identifies requirements and bases the initial draft on procedures and knowledge instead of the more common approach of writing an ad hoc outline.
At the heart of the author's single sourcing approach is a concept called 'chunking' - grouping information into manageable chunks - and factors such as relevance and consistency. When these are employed the cost-effectiveness of the method becomes apparent for two reasons:
(1) Documents written by teams are consistent and developed using a set process.(2) Components within the documents - blocks - can be reused in other documents because they will address a specific, relevant topic (a chunk).
What I like about this book is the fact that it makes Information MappingŪ available to anyone who will take the time to read this book and apply the principles. I also like way it offers an off-the-shelf solution to any company that wants to implement a cost-effective, highly efficient documentation standard that supports readable documentation that can be used instead of 'shelfware'.
The best way to learn about this book is to visit the official Information MappingŪ site (ASIN B0000B01VZ) upon which many of the principles in this book are based. What you will discover there will give you a reasonable idea about what to expect from the approach in this book. If you are a technical writer who works with software architecture I also recommend that you read "Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond" (ISBN 0201703726) because the approach in that book is consistent with both the "Single Sourcing" approach, as well as Information MappingŪ.