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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Good Introduction to UML

This is one of the best tutorials I have seen for the UML novice. It is one of two books I would recommend, the other being Fowler's "UML Distilled". That book presents a bare-bones guide; this one is a lengthier tutorial, with more on the why's and wherefore's of UML.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms (Complex Adaptive Systems)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Melanie Mitchell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction For Beginners!

From the very first page Mitchell has the reader hooked as she unleashes the various applications of GAs. With each example the various elements of GAs are illustrated, making it an enjoyable but still very educational experience. The technical material is not too hard to follow, and the mathematical proofs presented are easy to understand given a modest background in maths. I recommend this book as a first read for anyone who is interested in learning more about GAs, and an entertaining read for the GA veterans.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cookbook-style guide

This is an excellent primer on usability (particularly websites). Steve makes it clear from the beginning where he stands on the issue of usability: "Don't make me think!"

Many users have already done an excellent job of listing the areas that he covers in the book. I just wanted to mention that it is well written, is itself well designed, and a pretty quick read.

I keep coming back to the book, and my copy is really dogeared.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-320): Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual C# .NET and the .NET Framework
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book

Like another book for exam 70-315 by Amit,this book is also an excellent resource for MCAD and MCSD.NET exams. I passed my MCAD.NET and MCSD.NET exams. This book provided helpful detail on the exam topics. This book cover good detail on remoting, window services and web services topics.