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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent and a must have book on ASP 3.0.


An excellent book like other WROX series covering vast areas like ADO 2.5, Directory services, XML etc. The case study is an excellent example to learn the practical application of XML and there is also a worth of information on ADO.
Readers may find some problem in COM+ section if they are not very much familiar with COM technology and that is fair too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LaTeX Companion, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good, but NOT for beginners


If you are a beginner in LaTeX, better look for another book. If you have experience on the subject and want something to help you writing your thesis (as my case) or higher level things (or want to know deeply LaTeX), this book is for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Discipline of Programming
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Interesting, but not vital


I found this book interesting - not least because it is a "classic" computing text. It seems like (I can't be more definitive because I have never studied computer science) an introduction to thinking about proving programs correct and reasoning about code.
I wouldn't recommend it to someone learning computing - it's hardly Abelson et al. - but it's a good book to muse over.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Extreme Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck, Martin Fowler
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essential, If a Tad Narrow


The many other reviews here give you a sense of what you'll find in this book. I think there is one important point that is missing from this picture: the fact that the focus of the authors in this and the first book is on software processes where there really is no visioning going on at all. What do I mean by that? Well, in the first book they are describing the writing of a payroll program (their project @ Chrysler). In this book it's a travel application. Thankfully, not all of us are writing software that has been written a thousand times before. While this may sound like a trifle, I believe it is a central point with regard to this book. The whole concept of iterative, incremental development takes on a different hue when you remove visioning from the process. In fact, what the world really needs to figure out how to do is not write the 10,000th payroll program faster than someone else, but how to write new, innovative software on time allowances that are absurdly short. I think the next volume if there is to be one, should be a detailed account of a project where the team had to navigate the process through not only implementation but realization of an evolving, sophisticated vision. Finally, consider the fact that software development that requires no visioning is basically a craft that's akin to dressmaking. While some people are happy to see their creativity as 'developers' manifest solely in finding crafty implementations, let's face the facts: we need to figure out how to get beyond just opposing tribes matching each other's features on models that are overdue for commodification.