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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring Expect (Nutshell Handbook)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Don Libes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wish all books were this well-written


This book is terrific. Libes writes very smoothly. Everything is answered and just at the right time - whenever I was wondering about a point, I would turn the page and find my question to be the next topic covered!
I really thought Expect was a simple-minded thing. Then I had a question about how to do something. I was bemoaning my problem one day when a coworker thrust this book into my hand and said "Read it!" Wow - not only did it have my exact scenario as an example but now I see Expect can do so many more cool things. I originally thought Expect was just good for telnet. But Libes shows examples applying it to all sorts of other programs. The breadth of the examples alone is incredible. It's obvious that Libes has really been around and poured all his wisdom and experience into this book.
I also liked the special command and variable index (the book calls it "Appendix") which is a 2nd index that takes you directly to where each command and option and variable is definitively described. There is also a third index of just the examples - some of them are useful in their own right (apart from demonstrating some concept). Between these and the regular index, it is always easy to find things later.
I wish all tech books were written this well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: FrontPage 2000 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Asha Dornfest
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Reference all right


This was quite a informative book, it gives you all the things you need to master frontpage 2000. I would just wish it could of gave a example part in the book. Instead of all tutorials, the example part for this book may happen in future editions, more than likely.
You are also given a CD with the book which includes software and a few example pages done with frontpage. But no reference to how they have done these pages. I'm no rookie or anything so it comes as common sense but not everyone figures things out the same. So wondering how to do these pages could be a problem for people. There are 361 pages in this book I feel this could of been cut down to 250.
But OVERALL good book with a vast range of information all about Frontpage. Will soon hopefully get you making great looking web pages. :)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A classic text in the industry!


This is *the* text for complier design in the computer industry. Referred to in popular media as the dragon book it has an almost religous following by the great programmers in the industry. This exhaustive text will introduce advance topics to the intermediate programmer and to the experienced alike. Although not an introductory work by any stretch of the imagination it will allow for the intermediate programmer to get a rudimentary grasp of the subject. A great example of the best writing that can be done by some of the great minds of our field.



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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
If you're overwhelmed by UML, this book whittles it down.


Other UML books tell you about the capabilities of UML. This book tells you how to use a subset of UML to complete a software project rapidly, and for that I give it a cautious recommendation. The fundamental philosophy, placing Use Cases at the center of the development process, is sound.The reader should excercise caution: Some aspects of this book (robustness analysis) are out of the mainstream and others are off the charts (the appendix on uses vs. extends is one volley in a larger 'religious war').If you're overwhelmed by UML and all its minutia, this book whittles it down--class diagrams, use cases, robustness diagrams, sequence diagrams--and presents a step by step development process.