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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I REFER TO THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER


The authors define design patterns as: descriptions of communicating objects and classes that are customised to solve a general design problem in a particular context. A design pattern names, abstracts, and identifies the key aspects of a common design structure that make it useful for creating a reusable object-oriented design. The design pattern identifies the participating classes and instances, their roles and collaborations, and the distribution of responsibilities. Easy to wrap your mind around, eh? Design Pattern people are in love with the power of abstraction and generality. You might even say they prefer to impress rather than inform. However, somehow you are going to have to learn this stuff, even if only to get into the heads of the guys who designed the AWT. Try starting with the code samples in the Design Patterns book. You have to read this book at least twice before it begins to make any sense. However, if you want to call yourself a programmer you MUST understand this book. I hope somebody writes a version of this book for Java programmers. It is written from the perspective of C++ and Smalltalk. This is a book where the you want the hardcover version. You go back to it again and again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It is an okay book...


Good book for most part, except the following: [I am using negative writing here, because, the positives are obvious and outweight significantly negatives. Therefore...]1. Too heavy to hold and read. [My hands are still paining!]2. Heavy because, the author wasted too many pages, by unnecessarily including both VB and C# code for each example. Bought the book thinking that most will be in C#, which it is, but vB should be a separate book. VB.NET won't find c# useful and vice versa.3. Why was the author obsessed with Calendar control? God way too many pages/time spent on one simple thing, whereas others could have gotten more attention. Rename the book to: "Programming ASP.NET Calendar control plus some others".4. Book does not cover advanced topics and book is rushed towards the finish.
Overall good book if you want to get started on ASP.NET, but if you are okay to start with middle level to advanced level, don't buy this one, may be there are books. I will be looking around.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Improve Your Designs Overnight


Even after studying Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark and GoLive, I had irritating gaps in my technical knowledge. And I did not know where to look for the answers. Robin's books answered all those questions and more.
Her writing is fresh and humorous. Her advice covers everything from beginning to advanced, in plain language. She answers questions about everything you need to design in this digital world.
I've loaned the books to several colleagues but always want them back soon because I refer to them again and again.
I publish a newsletter, website and other communication pieces for a non-profit. My real skill is in writing & editing but my job requires me to also design my own stuff: My boss wanted me to design anything and everything even though he knew I had no design training.
Robin Williams' books have made all the difference between mediocre and professional-looking pieces. I own almost all of her books, from The Non-Designer's Design Book to The Mac is not a Typewriter to The Non-Designer's Web Design Book and everything in-between.
If you design anything, from flyers to newsletters and brochures, buy this book! You'll refer to it again and again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Easy to Understand Computer Book


I reference this book again and again, in fact it's been able to answer all the questions I've had with Panther. If only I had found out about this book as soon as my Dad upgraded my iBook, it would have saved many a headache!
My problem with most computer "how to" books is that I either can't understand them or they are written for "dummys". This book, however, is written in an easy to follow style and uses simple language.
I recommend this book to anyone who has upgraded to Panther, is thinking of upgrading to Panther, or may some day in the future upgrade to Panther. It's just that good!!