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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mostly it's too little too late.


Just like the venerable Unix Network Programming and the Gang of Four Design Patterns books, this book is destined to be a classic. I honestly wish I'd had this book four years ago when I started working with CORBA for the first time because life would've been SO much easier. The authors have distilled the CORBA specs, mixed in some historical perspective and design rationale, and put in a heavy does of serious experience to come up with a book that simplifies my life with its completeness.
If you're going to do CORBA, or you just want to learn about it, and you're a hands-on, no-nonsense person, then this book is for you. It won't replace the OMG specs, but it makes them MUCH easier to understand.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Invaluable resource


This is the first computer related book that I have bought and thought - "Perfect, just what I needed." What I like most about this book is that it spends so little time explaining why building user centered web sites is a good idea, and tells you exactly what techniques are used to create them. You can open the book up to almost any page, read a paragraph and get something out of it. It is clear that the authors spend alot of time laying out the book to make information retrieval easy.
Dont let "look inside" pictures that amazon has posted fool you - they are probably the only boring sections of the book. In part 2 (about page 100), the book gets really really good. For the next 500 pages they cover almost every area of of web design imaginable and present the areas in a problem - solution format. Many books dont offer concrete techniques, just tell you - "design for the user", "users hate poorly designed pages" etc etc. Each problem/solution is about 2 pages long, and they are web techniques that can be applied to almost every web site. They literally say to solve X problem do Y solution. Very specific, very useful.
The book also is good from cover to cover. I have found that alot of books are good for the first chapter and then loose quality. They present each "nugget of information" with the perfect amount of description - enough to explain why its useful, but not too much to drag on.
They also use these hand drawn pictures that I liked to show how a generic web page would function, instead of only pictures of pre-existing web pages ( which they also have ample examples) So you can actually apply it to your project instead of saying, I understand why hotmail looks the way it does. I would recommend this book to anyone, hands down.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mike Gunderloy, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Collection of Information


I found this book to be a good collection of resources on C# and .NET development. Much of the information can easily be learned through experience, but if you are short on expereience or have only worked in a few shops, or are new to development or just interested in reviewing some of the basics this is a good place to start.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not only for newbies...


I used to work with earlier versions of Perl some years ago. Then I paused, and a few weeks ago I was forced to write a script for database over www. First I thought I'll do it in C, but then I remembered about perl's fantastic pattern matching function. But alas! I was already forgotten half of that sweet ugly language. And what I needed now, was a book. A good perl book.
Then I saw Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 days...
What the hell, i thought and bought it. At home I opened it, started to read... and finished on 'Day 4'! It's completely amazing, with little more than a week I'd recovered all my knowledge, and gained a little bit more even out of perl :)
Allright, there were unusually lot of typos, but that was the only minus on the book...