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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
all new managers should read this book

I think it's one of the best books on management available. The worst managers I've met were ones who never read this book or who read this book but didn't take it's advice to heart. It's possible to be a good manager without having read this book (management comes from the heart and from the guts), but if you even consider management something that's a skill you can learn at all, this book has something to teach you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hibernate in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Christian Bauer, Gavin King
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Better Than The On-Line Docs

This is another one of those books that shouldn't be torn into until you have some idea of what you are looking for. Hibernate, the software system that is the heart of the book is (in my mind at least) the glue that goes between Java and a SQL database. You should have some experience with both Java and SQL to begin to understand the power that Hibernate brings to the table.

Once you have that down, then this book becomes well worth the cost. It's true that Open Source projects, such as Hibernate, have on-line documentation. But that documentation is written differently than a book. It is aimed at a different audience, and often doesn't have the consistent front to back approach that a well thought out book has.

This book is an excellent example. While the on-line documentation is good, (Mr. Bauer, one of the authors is in charge of the on-line documentation) the book is better. It begins with a description of what you are trying to do (often left out in computer books) and leads you on in a consistent manner through the entire Hibernate system. Excellent Book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows User Experience (Microsoft Professional Editions)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for GUI design

Great book on how to design a graphical user interface correctly. Very useful if you want to follow Microsoft's user standards (and why wouldn't you).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Inside Solidworks by David Murray

I think I've had a look at all the Solidworks books available.I think this is by far the best. Well thought out and well layed out. In general, very helpful.