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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML Weekend Crash Course
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Thomas A. Pender
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent crash course for beginners or experts


This book hits on all the UML fundamentals and will make more indepth books (the Addison-Wesley books by 3 the amigos and others) more accessible to you.The examples in this book were clear and easy to relate to. If you have a CASE tool by your side when you read this, you'll get the most out of the book. You're going to need to get familiar with such a tool if you want to put UML to work for your projects.The CD that ships with the book comes with Popkin's System Architect and Embarcadero's Describe.I installed Popkin's tool as most of the examples in the book were created with it. This tool was easy to use and had an excellent tutorial of its own on UML.
This book is a great tool kit for the beginner and a good refresher course for the more experienced.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
AWESOME!!!


I love this book so much! I got my first taste of it when my friend brought it to school for me to look at. I love it, and I can't wait to get!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Concepts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent!!


This text is not designed to teach one to program in Java... its true purpose is to teach somebody who has *NEVER* programmed before (such as me) the basic concepts of Computer Programming, and happens to use Java 2 as the environment in which that is done.
It does a very good job of that; concepts are introduced in a logical order, with plenty of examples. The use of provided classes delays the need to learn difficult concepts (i.e. the provided ConsoleReader handles keyboard input) until basic programming concepts are learned.



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
A dry subject made interesting


There are like a zillion CLR books out there and overall, it's not the type of subject that normally keeps you glued to it. When I got Jeffrey Richther's Microsoft .NET Framework book, I was convinced no one was going to outdo him. Well, it's a close call, but I think they are both Superb books by excellent authors. I've purchased Don's stuff before and really liked it. This book lived up to its expectations.
I think his ability to communicate some of the more obscure areas of the CLR in a very clear matter is what makes this book shine. This book can be understood by anyone because of the writer's gift for writing...but that's not to say it's a novice's book. Wherever you are in the .NET learning curve, there's something for you in this book.
If you really want to learn the CLR, this is a great place to start.