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Programming Python by Mark Lutz
Programming Python by Mark Lutz
I found this to be a great book at describing Python (up to v2.5). In fact, I would say that it is the "must have" book on Python. Some reviewers found previous editions to be wanting; however, I found this to be very readable and complete in its description of programming in Python. The book is massive (over 1500 pages), and exhaustive in its coverage of Python. The use of plenty of example code snippets allows users to try out ideas on the fly. If you have a question on Python, chances are extremely high that you'll find it described in Lutz's book. I didn't find anything with the book that I would say is negative. If you only can afford one book on Python, then I would recommend… Read more
Learning UML 2.0 by Russ Miles
Learning UML 2.0 by Russ Miles
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning UML 2.0, Oct. 18 2006
This book gives a decent description of UML 2.0. Overall the authors do a good job explaining the various components of UML (such as use cases; activity, class, object, sequence, communication, and timing diagrams for example). Each type of diagram has a chapter devoted to it. I would say that a person will have a good grasp of UML after reading the book. One thing that would have been nice is to have a CD or a website where a UML tool could have been downloaded and used for exercises in the book. Unfortunately, there aren't any exercises (and hence, no worked out solutions) in the book. Since references are interspersed throughout the body of the book instead of being collected in… Read more
Learning XML by Erik T. Ray
Learning XML by Erik T. Ray
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I found this book to be 'OK'. The author does a good job describing the core concepts of XML. Overall, the book does a good job introducing a person to XML and provides a solid base on which to build. It covers the major bases (schemas, CSS, XSLT, etc). The glossary was fairly complete.

Some other O'Reilly books in the 'Learning' series have exercises with solutions in the back which I have found very useful. This book unfortunately did not have exercises with solutions. More examples would also have been appreciated.