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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just the book i was looking for!...


If you're a java programmer, looking to learn swing, this is the book for you!!.... It covers just about everything, and it does it well...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Service-Oriented Architecture : A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Thomas Erl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This was helpful


We are struggling with webservices/soa migration issues. Two of our systems are causing us a lot of problems. This book helped us with planning and education. It gave us different ideas for approaching migration and integration. This book gave us a migration strategy that is working. Not bad for forty dollars!

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning how webservices can be positioned to enable integration. The author provides many sample architectures and scenarios. A lot of detailed XML issues are also covered. These are more suitable for developers, because they deal mostly with optimization and modeling techniques. Also useful to us was the step by step process for designing soa friendly components. I've never seen this anywhere else, and I would imagine it is extremely important right now when so many of us are still building distributed apps w/o webservices. This book is pretty light on the tutorial end. But it doesn't claim to be a tutorial because it focuses on real world issues. If you are new to all of this I'd recommend you start with a webservices tutorial first. The author is also releasing a tutorial-type book on soa next year which I will buy. Also, this book has a decent support Web site (www.serviceoriented.ws) with a glossary and a diagram symbol legend that is not in the book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A Discipline for Software Engineering
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Watts S. Humphrey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to, Value, Aim for and Real case


I did skim read much of this book looking for the how to's and evidence of value, of which I found many in the 1st half of the book. The last few chapters tend to describe things he thinks are worth aiming for, rather than precise actions known to have value. The major exception is Chapter 13, which has a Quality Function Deployment table that describes how to balance competing development objectives.

The methods described in this book are known to be very successful, see "Software Process Improvement Works" [Ferguson 99]. The methods described are used by Microsoft, Intuit, The Boeing Company, Allied Signal, Lockheed Martin, NAVAIR, and SAIC, see SEI web pages.

I wish he had omitted his long explanations and labelled the sections "How to, Value, Aim for and Real case", then I could have bypassed the "Aim for" sections, as I was not interested in them. My impression, "A discipline for software engineering" is the work of a genius, read it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Ben Forta, Nate Weiss, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredible cold fusion resource!


I looked up and down for the best cold fusion book for my specfic need...to build an enterprise quality content management system. I am a registered pharmacist and self taught HTML-based web developer who wanted to take a crack at cold fusion because of I heard it was the easiest to language to learn when developing dynamic web sites. Because I only knew HTML, I found myself using PHP code snippets from open source web sites to create some dynamic attributes to my pharmacy network's website (6 pharmacies). I originally wanted to have a simple "news publisher" so I could provide updates to the other staff. I grew frustrated because I didn't "really" know PHP and debugging was near impossible since I didn't know the code. Then along came this book, recommended by my sister who is a windows application programmer. She said Ben Forte writes the most comprehensive books/tutorials on cold fusion. She was exactly correct! Without getting into the details, I worked through this book from cover to cover and completed the tutorials on the included CD. 7 months later I have created a dynamic content management system for our pharmacy network that tracks transferred medications, provides news updates, online refills to customers, a daily revenue DB application for my director (which he can search by date range), an online store with customer history available, searchable policy/procedures online, etc. All this after only 7 months!! My advise for people is to learn HTML well before delving into Cold Fusion, but if you know HTML well, you will find this book to be your web design bible rather quickly. If I can do it anyone can...The hosptital I work for is even wanting to purchase the app from me now because it's such a valuable asset to the network's infrastructure. GO BUY THIS BOOK if you want to do something like I did with whatever business/site you want. With some dedication you can achieve it and not have to look further than this book.