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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nothing Short of mind-changing, Darwin & Newton beware!

What a terrific book! I'm only halfway through, but am searching for a copy so i can finish reading it. It's truly a tremendous book. I started it thinking I'd learn some more about math (I was introduced to the book by a math teacher) but found way more than that. I literally see the world in a different way, and am constantly thinking about the ideas presented in GEB. It's an intellectual journey you'll never quite recover from. Absolutley Brilliant!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Tom Pender, Tom Pender
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
About as comprehensive a book as you can find on UML...

If you are at all involved with the use of UML in your programming or analysis activities, you'll most likely be interested in seeing the UML Bible by Tom Pender (Wiley). Like all 'Bible' titles from Wiley, this book covers a wide range of topics that should give you most any answer you need to find.
The chapter breakout is in seven parts:Part 1 - An Introduction to UML - What Is UML?; UML Architecture; UML Diagrams and Extension Mechanisms; Object-Oriented ConceptsPart 2 - Modeling Object Structure - Capturing Rules about Objects in a Class Diagram; How to Capture Rules about Object Relationships; Testing With ObjectsPart 3 - Modeling Object Interactions - Modeling Interactions in UML 1.4; Modeling Interactions in UML 2.0; Modeling an Object's Lifecycle in UML 1.4; Modeling an Object's Lifecycle in UML 2.0Part 4 - Modeling Object Behavior - Modeling the Use of a System with the Use Case Diagram; Modeling Behavior Using an Activity DiagramPart 5 - Modeling the Application Architecture - Using Packages; Modeling Software Using the Component Diagram; Using Deployment Diagrams in UML 1.4; Using Deployment Diagrams in UML 2.0Part 6 - Bringing Rigor to the Model - Applying Constraints to the UML Diagrams; Action SemanticsPart 7 - Automating the UML Modeling Process - Using a Modeling Tool; Customizing UML Using Profiles; XML Metadata InterchangeAppendices - UML 1.4 Notation Guide; UML 2.0 Notation Guide; Standard Elements; Glossary; Index
Now, I'm not a UML expert by any stretch of the imagination. But based on what I have read and studied to date, this book covers everything. Taking the Use Case chapter as an example, I can see that there is an abundance of technical detail and diagramming to explain the topic completely. Couple this chapter with the notation guide in the back, and you have a reference guide that is hard to beat. At the time this book was written, UML 2.0 wasn't yet released. But the author takes the specs that should be part of the final release and explains how those features are different than UML 1.4. As a result, you shouldn't outgrow this book anytime soon.
The only quibble I have with the book is the audience that the author says he is targeting. Readers new to object-oriented analysis are expected to be able to get an in-depth understanding of UML and be able to become a productive member of a team by reading this book. In my opinion, that may be a bit of a reach. If I had no UML experience, I'd find this book very daunting in both the size and complexity of the material. My recommendation would be to find an entry level UML book, and work through it before tackling this book. With the UML fundamentals fresh in your mind, you'll be able to come at this book from a much better position and benefit much more quickly.
Overall, a good book to have around...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible of Windows 2000 !

An another outstanding piece of work from the master of Windows. If you can only purchase one book for W2k server, this is the one to have ! As usual, Mark explains all the new stuff in a straightforward manner and actually makes the dry stuff seem interesting with his unique style of humor in explaining technical issues.
Don't even think twice, just get it, it's a steal!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well worth the time spent reading it.

I received this book as part of a class I took through Outsource Labs, and it was an excellent supplement to the course materials. I learned plenty about CCS Platforms and still reach for this one as I manage Web page content for my group at work. All of the tags, from <OBJECT> to <TFOOT> are described clearly and completely. If you're confused about event handlers, this book makes them clear with examples and lists of attributes. If you have Kennedy & Musciano's HTML: The Definitive Guide and this book by Goodman, your Web page management library is just about complete until you venture into Java. A worthwhile buy.