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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Project Survival Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve C McConnell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
"Best Practice" is not the same as "Survival"


I was disappointed in this book - perhaps it was a problem with expectations. McConnell's previous books - Code Complete and Rapid Development -were very well written and provided valuable insights into best practices in the computer industry. By attempting to do the same thing here, the author missed the mark. The Software Project Survival Guide presents a road map marked with good practice applied in a mature organization that understands the nature of software and responds rationally, providing the resources and time required to do the job right. The overwhelming majority of people who are taking on their first project management job will have few, if any, of the benefits that this book takes for granted.
Don't get me wrong. This is a great collection of really good ideas and it's really well written, but it doesn't give much guidance to the first-time project manager who needs to deal with misdirection and misunderstanding from those who he or she reports to. The book presents a fine set of suggestions on "Techniques for Really Good Project Management," but there isn't much on "Survival."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concice and to the point: what a programming book should be


Most books on programming, whether it be C or BASIC, often spend most of their bulk discussing information useful only to those who have never laid their hands on a computer before, and know nothing about programming period. For those who have down the basics (i.e., most who head in to C programming) its better to have a text that does not mince words.
Although now perhaps considered an antiquated text, the basics have yet to change. This volume provides the reader with all of the basics of C programming, and then moves strait in to the information needed for higher-level developing. No time or words are wasted.
For those with an understaning of languages such as QBASIC or PASCAL, using this book as a springboard into C will no doubt be the most effective. It sticks to what it should: the C language... not every new programming package the author wants you to buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Joe Coca
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Killer Migration Resource!


This book was more than helpful in helping me pull off a smooth and sucessful migration from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003. I tried looking through a couple other books but found that the chapters in this one were really well written and easy to follow. I definately recommend this book if you are looking for a migration resouce.



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
How can you say enough to reward excellence?


I have two 3M notpad leafs stuck at the periphery of pages 3 to 278. They are labeled Curious and Enlightened, respectively of course. People that walk into the office asking about what OO design is about, get the tattered Meyer paperback and the instruction to come back when they have read these pages. For practical example, they are steered to the rest and works of others. This a special tag on the page about Polymorphism, which is the kind of ambigous term that begs to be forgotten. However, Meyer's lucid brevity makes the meaning stick.
The feature I find most special is the pull down menu style outline quality of these pages. Abandon your highlighters with this book. Meyer has already digested and illuminated the key concepts for you. Fortunately, this does nothing to diminish the surrounding text.
High marks for editing quality and concept density in a book which clearly pays for itself a third of the way through.