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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Let's clear the fog!


I believe the difference between those who loved this book and those who hated it is this: how often do you work on web design? For "in-my-free-time" developers or beginners I say this, "when you have gotten a fair background in development and want to finally move into serious application, buy this book." For professional web developers like myself I say this, "add this to your library right now!" I have retired my Javascript and HTML books and I don't care if I ever see them again. Now the only books in my library that I use with regularity are this one and "ASP in a Nutshell" and "Developing ASP Components" -- all from O'Reilly. I carry this book with me EVERYWHERE!! BOTTOM LINE: If it's a hobby, it might not be a very useful or exciting read, if its your job then give yourself a break, buy this book now!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst book in the world!


Straight out of Microsoft's manuals, this book was obviously just a ploy for the authors to say "Look at me, I am published." Wrox let us down with this one. Horrible index's proved to be as fun as a proctology exam.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace : Postscript 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Charles W. L. Hill
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where is the book?


I am using this as a medium to communicate with you cos I do not know any other since i am new to amazon. It's been a while I purchased your book, so where is my book? Please take prompt actions.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Working Effectively with Legacy Code
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Michael Feathers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pragmatically Improving the Past, Present, and Future


This is pragmatic guide to safely dealing with past expediencies, present challenges, and creating a better future in your programs. The catalog of techniques to break dependencies and add unit tests applies whether the legacy code is 10 years old or 10 minutes old. I found many gems I could use immediately in a 15-year old app of over 600K lines of C++.

The basic ideas and perspectives apply on multiple scales. (method, class, component, and system.) I'd bet that developers who acquire these skills to tease apart legacy code would have great odds of writing new code that doesn't quickly turn into legacy code. I'm humbled by the depth of Michael's insight and fluency with these important issues. While it would be ideal to get mentoring by Michael, in your particular code base, this book is a life perserver while waiting for the budget approval. It is a reference I will return to frequently for development, and design & code reviews.