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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
horrible book. Very hard to read and not very explanatory.

I dont understand why this book is highly praised. This book is overated. First of all, the authors give little explanation to how these patterns are used. After reading the patterns, I could not apply them to my code. The book is very hard to read. If you are going to learn about design patterns, I suggest buying head first design patterns.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephen P. Berczuk, Brad Appleton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best CM practices book I've found

This book could have also been called "Best CM and software development practices".I've read many CM books over the years and this is one of those rare books that focuses on the "rubber meets the road" aspect of good CM and software development practices.Many CM books out there are so theoretical that they are barely useful. This book answers many software development practice questions that I've had to address in my years of doing software process improvement and proprietary CM tool, ClearCase, Version Manager, Config Builder, Tracker, ClearQuest, and now PVCS Dimensions administration. Anyone who does CM for a living gets asked the "how do I do this" question where the question that first needs an answer is "what are you trying to do with the tool?". This book addresses those questions in a 100% practical and easy to understand way. I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about process improvement and CM and knows that it's usually not what CM tools you have but what you do with them is what helps software development get done in a sane fashion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Chappell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Guide for Sifting through the .NET Maze

I am very pleased to highly recommend "Understanding .Net A Tutorial and Analysis".
To quote the author ".Net is Huge." Which, as a software developer, was my first impression too!
This book successfully addresses the first two .Net issues. What is it? Where do you start exploring?
"Understanding" is not a code intensive cookbook describing the "how to's" of the .Net system. "Understanding" does tackle the technical management issues from a general overview to a very detailed bullet by bullet explanation of the major components, their purpose and how they fit into the bigger .Net picture.
Most concepts are summarized on margin notes and major concepts are analyzed as a half and full page breakout discussions designed to put the concept in perspective. This technique makes the book true to its title and an interesting read.
If your company is considering .Net buy an extra copy for your boss.
Pat Tormey PEFoursquare Solutions Inc.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Complexity presented in a fun and easy way!

I help organizations establish their own multimedia teams and have been wondering for some time how to teach "ordinary computer users" (with no creative background) to create professional looking multimedia projects.
Well, although this book was meant for the print media, I still found it outstanding as a tool to teach non-creative background multimedia designers basic design concepts that really make their projects look more proefessional.
So, if you are developing multimedia/web-site projects, THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR YOU TOO!
Keep up the good work!
Edwin Wong