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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book, worth reading


I liked this book a lot. It is something you could finish reading in a day or two and would help you more than the time you spent reading it. The 50 items were written to help you improve your overall understanding of the way C++ was meant to be coded, and it does succeeds in doing so. Some topics in this book may come off as being rather obvious but for the most part it won't make you worse at what you do, it'll only make you better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book


Don provides excellent coverage of how the CLR actually works, If you have any interest in what's going on under the covers, this is the book for you.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Project Management: A Unified Framework
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Walker Royce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read of every software professional


There are several books on Software Engineering, Software project Management, Software Development, Development Economics and so on. Most of these books treat the practice of Software Project Management or Software Development based on the long established software development models and principles. But as obvious to any practicing software developer/project manager, these models and principles do not reflect or represent the reality. For example, the widely accepted Waterfall model is not a true representation of the actual software development process. It gained its popularity because it was easier to understand, use and implement. But that does not make it infallible or unquestionable. Actually many people, over the years have tried to question the correctness and soundness of these models and theories. But their efforts have been somewhat sporadic and the impact was not felt and most of them were ignored or forgotten.
But in the book `Software Project Management: A Unified Framework', Walker Royce has done a commendable job in not only questioning the established theories, models and principles, but also in exposing their weaknesses and in many cases is providing with practical and ready-to-use solutions. This book is comprehensive, thought provoking and often provocative and holds nothing-whether it is the existing software theories or it way in which the software development was done and is being done-as sacrosanct.
The author questions many of the existing theories, exposes their weakness and tells why they are not suitable for the software development in the modern times. Drawing from his vast and varied experience as a project manager and software developer, Royce offers the reader, in clear and simple terms, his ideas and insights on software development and software project management.
The most striking factors that make this book so good and useful is that, it is written by a professional for the professionals. It not a book written some theorist who does not have any idea of the reality, but this is written by a person who has done it all and seen it all and that too for quite some time.
Another interesting aspect of the book is the writing style. It is simple, precise and to-the-point. No wasted words and such economical and efficient use of language. The prose is peppered with real-life examples, anecdotes, charts and tables. The author's well-developed sense of humour is evident in many occasions. For example, consider this paragraph from the preface; "I have struggled with whether to position this book as management education or management training. The distinction may seem nitpicky, but it is important. An example I heard 15 years ago illustrates the difference. Suppose your 14-year-old daughter came home from school one day and asked, "Mom and Dad, may I take the sex education course offered at school?" Your reaction would likely be different if she asked, "May I take the sex training course offered at school?" (This meant less to me then than it does now that my three daughters are teenagers!)"
This book is full of practical and innovative ideas that could be implemented immediately. This book will teach even the most seasoned software professional a couple of tricks. For the people who are beginning to understand the complexities of software development and project management, this book will be godsend. A MUST READ FOR EVERYBODY WHO HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT.
Copyright (c) Pegasus Book Club



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


TCP/IP Illustrated: Volume 1 is an excellent resource that is nothing short of amazing. It provides an outstanding amount of accurate and concise technical information that can lead to a well educated understanding of IP.