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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


Finally, someone who includes all the detail on how to set up your system so you can go through the sample code. How many times have you bought a book, only to spend a whole lot of time in getting the appropriate system settings before even writing a line of code. In this book the author takes you step by step and gives you a number of reason why something might not work. It's hard enough to learn a new language without the frustation of being unable to run the sample code.
This is not to say the rest of the book was not very well done. Actually the books a twofer, giving you both experience in ASP and ADO. I wish all books were written in this fashion.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An indispensible guide for Architects and Developers


This book brings together the collected wisdom of the J2EE and .NET communities in a single volume that shows how you design and build "real-world" enterprise systems. The patterns themselves are classics -- for instance it's great to finally see all of the basic patterns of object-relational mapping in print -- but what really ties this book together is the connecting text that links the patterns together into a cohesive whole. Martin has successfully shown how to use patterns to link together all of the parts of an enterprise system -- drawing from the work of John Crupi et. al. in "Core J2EE Patterns" but going far beyond the scope of that book. I think this book will have the biggest impact on the OO community since "Design Patterns" and just may make patterns "cool" again!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Capability Maturity Model: Guidelines for Improving the Software Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Software Engineering Inst. Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A waste of time...


For any organization that is looking to adopt a methodology or improve it software development process, I would recommend against looking at CMM and this book.
An organization would be better served by looking at methodologies such as Rational's Objectory (now called Rational Unified Approach) and the corresponding books as it has been real world proven vs academia proven...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Riddled with typos


I'm new to microcontrollers, so I'll defer technical judgement until I finish the book - or at least get further along.
However, one thing I find disturbing is the extremely poor editing. I'm only on page 60 and I'm finding numerous grammatical and typing/printing errors - nearly one on every other page. For example: the page headings for a section on "simulation" are "sTimulation". There are examples of phrases where "or" was replaced with "of", and there are paragraphs containing multiple sentence fragments. In short it looks like the "editor" limited his review to running a spell checker, and even then failed to pay attention to what words the spell checker was replacing.
Perhaps these are minor issues, but it makes the book difficult to read, and one wonders if the technical content is as poorly edited.