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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for beginner to advanced level SQL

This book is a must for any developer whether you are writing queries, stored procedures as a programmer or tuning as a DBA. The book is filled with code examples and the accompanying disk has a ton of examples that you can use. It's easy to follow and having the real world examples helps to clarify important points. Ken has written a superb technical book that is a must for anyone that is serious about taking their programming to the next level and become a TSQL guru. Thanks Ken!!!!!!!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Business of Software : What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Michael A. Cusumano
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thinking of starting a software business? Read this.

This book is an excellent introduction to the nature of software business based on the first-hand experience of the author during the last two decades.

Before I discuss what this book is about, I'll briefly mention what it's not about. In this book you won't find overly simplified "Dos and Don'ts", "ten easy steps to start your business" or readymade solutions. Instead, Cusumano delivers a very sobering insider's perspective on the birth, evolution, -and sometimes- death of software start-ups. His personal involvement with many of the companies discussed in the book provides a very fresh and unique perspective.

The contents of the book cover not only different types of software business, but also different geographical areas (e.g., U.S., Europe, Japan, India and others), enabling the reader to explore different segments of the market with a global perspective.

His discussion on business strategies for software companies and the three broad business models (product, service, and hybrid) is concise and well-written. He gives many real-life examples demonstrating the central concepts of the book, which helps a lot with grasping these concepts and adds credibility to his arguments.

Since this is a very complex and rich topic, there are no groundbraking conclusions at the end of the book. You may even have more questions about software business than you had before you started reading this book. However, you will have some good answers, a solid framework for testing and developing your ideas, and a better understanding of the business aspects of software. You will also find a wealth of properly referenced information that can be used to develop your business plan.

I have been looking for a good book on starting a software business and developing a business strategy for quite some time. This book is by far the best one I have found so far, I highly recommend it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Program Development in Java: Abstraction, Specification, and Object-Oriented Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Barbara Liskov, John Guttag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book to start becoming an expert in Java

I have some problems understanding inheritance and other OO terms. This book teach not only the meaning of those term but also teach the advantages and how to use them. After reading this book, i know why those term is very important (inheritance, abstraction, etc) and can use it in my programming life.
If you'd like to become java expert, buy this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(TM) Developer's Guide to Eclipse, The (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim D'Anjou, Scott Fairbrother, Dan Kehn, John Kellerman, Pat McCarthy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Continues to be excellent reference for Eclipse developers

The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse (JDG2E), 2nd edition,
is an updated version of the original popular
and very useful bible for Eclipse developers.
The first book to truly cover Eclipse 3.0 extensively
in both the usage of the IDE (how to use Eclipse) and in developing
plug-ins (how to extend Eclipse), it remains my "bible" in
developing Eclipse plug-ins. Many developer resources as extensive
as this one suffer from the "can't open it anywhere" syndrome.
I rarely have time to read a book from cover to cover at one (or adjacent)
setting. I like a book to use more as a reference, to look up what I want
to do and find a snippet of code, or an idea, to get me on my way.
This book is great in that respect - countless parts of my own plug-ins
have started from a code snippet found in one of the chapters.

The examples are simple enough to follow, in chunks that don't
require you to have read the whole book, but interesting enough
to show you some of the really useful intricacies of Eclipse.

The authors are experienced in training Java developers in Eclipse
plug-in development, and their experience shows in their practical
explanations, example code, and in the exercises included
on the CD in the back of the book.
I have so far only browsed the information on the CD but there
is much supplemental information there in additional to the provided