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The .NET Languages: A Quick Translation Guide
The .NET Languages: A Quick Translation Guide
by Brian Bischof
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.53
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Concise Overview, May 29 2002
It is fun to skim through the first chapters of this book. It gives you a nice and concise overview of what changed from VB6 to VB.Net and C#.
The later chapters are still interesting. Anyhow they are more about the classes in the libraries. Here sometimes there is no comparison to VB6 (ADO.Net) and also the differences between VB and C# are marginal only. The overview itself is to the point refreshing and helpful.
To read this book a good familiarity with VB6 or Java is mandatory. Also the author will not teach you any OO or DB basics.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition
by Harold Abelson
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book for the Gifted Beginning and Advanced Persons, April 29 2002
This book might be a good read if you are at the beginning level or have at least ten years of computer experience. Don't read it in an intermediate state. Also it is the type of book that is a great enjoyment for people with idle brainpower. To be a successful professional in the computer field it is not necessary. It maybe even misleading. Here you have to manage solid day-to-day work and not feel like an inventor of a new language.
Prerequisites for the book are some interest in philosophy and linguistic and a slight remembrance of a few years of college math.
It contains lots of small intellectual gems. Complete explanations of a language interpreter and a compiler are more down to earth.

Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
by Grady Booch
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overrated somewhat dated book of great historical importance, April 9 2002
This book is of immense historical importance. The author is brilliant and influential. Still I do prefer Bertrand Meyer, Meilir Page Jones and Martin Fowler. They are much clearer and to the point.
It is difficult to fairly judge this book. So many of the ideas are now commonplace that it is hard to see the unique points of the author. Clearly the Booch notation is unique. But this notation is now also a problem. It is superseded by UML. It is also difficult to figure out the authors' unique point, because this book is filled with myriads of citations. Some of the cited works I know quite well and strangely enough reading Booches version of their work makes their special appeal disappear.

GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers
GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers
by Jeff Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 61.13
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well organized and full of practical issues, March 27 2002
This book is well worth reading. It has hundreds of useful ideas.
For usability issues Steve Krugs "Don't make me think" I still consider the best. Johnsons book is a little too thick to be easily read in one go of a few weeks.
Johnson manages it well to write a book which is both good to read and essentially contains a very long list of single issues.
The entrance into the book I found rather steep. Principles before examples are difficult to grasp.
Finally I found the extensive discussion of the books of his usability fellows valuable.

Design and Use of Software Architectures: Adopting and Evolving a Product-Line Approach
Design and Use of Software Architectures: Adopting and Evolving a Product-Line Approach
by Jan Bosch
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 59.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent fifth book about the subject, March 27 2002
This book is certainly not for beginners. You already have to know a lot about software architecture to meaningfully read it.
It is very abstract, elegant and bright. The reading style is still amazingly light. If you are in the know you are delighted to read about it in such an elegant way. If you are not in the know you will have trouble to develop a concrete idea and to digest all those different aspects on so few pages.

Analysis Patterns: Reusable Object Models
Analysis Patterns: Reusable Object Models
by Martin Fowler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 58.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but abstract. Concise, detailed and highly valuable, March 26 2002
I really do like Martin Fowlers books. He is bright, clear, rigorous and relevant. This is his first book and most difficult to grasp book. I started reading it a few years ago and had to give up: it was too abstract for me to grasp. Now with a few more years of OO and pattern experience it shines at me in all its beauty.
This book condenses so much Analysis/Architecture/Modeling knowledge that it is difficult to come up with an idea to tackle the abstraction problem. Examples might help but how many does one need. I guess far too many.
Still I have a wish: Please write a new edition with UML diagrams and sample code in JAVA.
Then I also do have a big wish: I want more of this topic.

Software Requirements
Software Requirements
by Karl E. Wiegers
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical book for a relatively mature organization, March 26 2002
This review is from: Software Requirements (Paperback)
This book is full of practical details with checklists and next step suggestions. The beginning is rather steep, but the rest of the book a smooth read. If you are currently working in a more chaotic type of environment and suffer under anarchic management, then this book has no help to get started. It assumes a fairly mature of organization. But then it gives plenty of practical guides for all respects of improvement.

.NET Framework Essentials
.NET Framework Essentials
by Hoang Lam
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent THIN BOOK on .Net, March 26 2002
An intelligent and surprisingly concise book. It digs technically very deep down. Also it has actual examples of managed C++. Congratulations one of the best books on Microsoft technologies.

Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, A System of Patterns
Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, A System of Patterns
by Frank Buschmann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 83.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars: Thorough, Deep and READABLE, Feb. 19 2002
There is a basic problem with the pattern literature. It is usually as easy to read as a cookbook. This book can actually and worthwhile be read from cover to cover. Big achievement!
I learned quite a bit from it and found it very well spent time reading it.
The authors try to be very systematic. They try to do everything as good as they can. They are of a high quality. They even use extensive peer review at the patterns conference. Still the different sections are of a very diverse quality both in depth and breadth. Sometimes difficult concepts are just dropped on the reader, while fairly trivial stuff is explained over some pages.
Anyhow this book is an excellent complementary book to the GoF (Gamma et al.) one.

About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design
About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design
by Alan Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 33.79
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas in a Lot of Pages by an Opinionated Author, Jan. 3 2002
Well Alan Cooper is a man of strong opinions. He states them clearly and strongly. Sometimes you get even the feeling of being yelled at. Sometimes the descriptions are rather abstract. But and most important of all: His claims have substance and are well worth thinking about. But be prepared of being evangelized of thinking in terms of the user. This book is an organized collection of essays from a single author.
My main wish to the author is: Please write a small version with the essence of your book. Something in the style of the great Steve Krug book "Don't make me think".
My second biggest wish: Add a table of references. Yes there are some useful references in the book like Edward Tufte "The visual display of quantitative information", a marvel. I just like them all together at the end. Maybe annotated with some comments.

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