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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Engineering Design with SolidWorks 2004 and MultiMedia CD
Publisher: Schroff Development Corp
Authors: David Planchard, Marie Planchard
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for the Classroom


This is a great book. I reviewed this book in October to use in my classroom for the Spring semester. Note: I reviewed over five other SW books by other authors. By far this is the best book for all skill sets in a classroom environment. I teach four classes a week of SolidWorks. Each class has approximately 25 students with various skills. After spending time with this book, you can tell that the authors teach for a living and are user of the software. PS: I meet them at SW World and they are great for addtional advice.

This easy to use book walks you through SW in no time by combining parts that you create with sub-assemblies and assemblies. The numerous illustrations with the easy step-by-step procedure makes this book ideal for the classroom. At the end of each project, additional parts and sub-assemblies are available to build your confidence. The book spends a great deal of time addressing sketch relationships. This is time well spent. The drawing chapter takes you through setting up a sheet format, detailing drawings, setting part numbers in a BOM and inserting design tables. All great things.

I found myself and my students viewing the movies on the book's CD. This book is the total package. I contacted the authors and their 2005 will be released this month. This is great news when I upgrade this summer to 2005.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great for beginners and small projects


I found this book very good. This book will help you write your "use cases" and make sure you don't forget important details in your design. My review for this book is simple: If you are stuck trying to start your design. If you have problems figuring out the how and what in terms of designing your systems. You must read this book. I'm sure the writing of use cases for my next project will be much easier.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The inside story on an Amazing Company....


I just finished reading Apple Confidential 2.0 in two days because I literally could not put the book down. The inspiring, heartbreaking, insane, and magical story of Apple Computer is pretty incredible in its own right, but Linzmayer adds the extra level of knowledge and expertise about the subject matter that makes this book so enjoyable. It is filled with pictures, timelines, and a real attention to detail. I also really liked the asides in the margins of the book that provide all the geeky tidbits like code names, and the little aside "What ever happened to..." bios of people who come into the story. It was neat to see how many people who were only briefly a part of the Apple story ended up doing amazing things in their own right. Apple Computer truly was and is a launch pad for so many amazing people and technologies - read all about it in this very current and up-to-date book. Can't wait to read version 3.0!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mandatory reading for Java developers


This book is targeted for intermediate to expert Java developers. The book itself is very well written, with clear examples and references between related sections. A lot of the content focuses around how you develop good public APIs - but as the author notes these practices improve the quality of your program in general. There is also tons of other information pertaining to commonly used idioms, patterns and anti-patterns. Not only is this mandatory reading for anyone who is serious about writing beautiful, well performing, maintainable code in Java, but also very useful for programmers in general. I've developed a public API myself and through experience realized a lot of my follies. Unfortunately you are committed to supporting those follies since your API is public. I could really have used this book three years ago! This book is a classic.