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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object-Oriented Software Construction (Book/CD-ROM) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bertrand Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best and most complete work in Software Engineering.

The first edition of this book changed my approach to software development back in 1988. This second edition surpasses even that book. It reads like a 'whodunnit', with all ideas meticulously examined and reasoned, and the conclusion clearly presented. The reader is not patronised and nothing is expected to be taken on faith. Whatever your level of exposure to OO and software engineering in general, you will find something in this book, even if only a clear presentation of what you know. A student recently told me that she would not have understood her college course on programming and OO if she hadn't read this book beforehand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Muck
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
no code for actionscript 2.0/MX Pro 2004

This book does not cover Flash MX 2004 Professional (remoting) in any great depth ... BUT it works. I have followed the numerous remoting techniques since Flash 5 (from simple name/value pairs, towards XML parsing, through the Data Connection Kit, FireFly ... and so on). I downloaded every online tutorial possible, only to find that they were not compatible.
The more the technology expanded, supposedly making Remoting easier, the more confused I found myself. All I wanted was a sophisticated RIA. Was that so wrong?
The point is as follows: there a number of ways to use remoting, in addition to the number of alternate methods each "way" supports. Which means that the average non-genius programmer will incorporate pieces of [in my opinion] disparate remoting techniques that insure a faulty approach. Especially if they have FLMX 2004 Pro, like myself.
This book cuts to the quick. Almost immediately, I learned several cohesive strategies from beginning to end. You will learn the difference between the manual and the more sophisticated approaches, and the situations in which they could be used.
While I haven't learned the FLMX 2004 Pro components directly, yet, I have learned how to use Flash Remoting with my app server. Finally. Now I can intuitively move forward on my own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Word 2003 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Brent Heslop, David Angell, Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dian Chapman, Word MVP, recommends it!

Funny, the link said "be the first to review this book" and I may have literally been one of the first. I was lucky enough to review it pre-press. I love the Bible software series and my previous Word versions of this book are loaded with post-its and always close at hand. In fact, I not only recommend this book here, and on my www.mousetrax.com/books.html web page, but allowed them to use my name on the cover. (And Word MVP, Herb Tyson, was Technical Editor...what more could you ask for!<g>)
All Word 2003 users should have and keep this book handy!
Dian D. Chapman
Technical Consultant &Microsoft Word MVP since 1995www.mousetrax.com

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to Java Programming, Comprehensive (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Y. Daniel Liang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Introduction to the Java language

Lots of people teach and write, but few know what they are doing. This book has nearly 1200 pages and will gently guide you into the wonderful but complicated world of data-driven programming using the Java language. Hat off to the professor!