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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book was key in helping me land a job

I was a professional musician for about 8 years. With few job prospects available in that field, I was looking for a career change. I went through being a project manager for a while, but was laid off from a dot com (who hasn't ;-) ). The tech economy was still pretty good at that point so I decided to give programming a try. Didn't have much income at that point, but I found the free Borland command line compiler for download and "Thinking in C++". I also pulled down the JDK and picked up "Thinking in Java." I spent 8-10 hours a day for 3 months studying. Learning Java helped my understanding of C++, and vice versa.
The level of understanding that I was able to achieve from Mr. Eckel's excellent books helped me to land a job as a C++ programmer , which I've been at for 2 1/2 years now.
One important feature of "Thinking in C++" that has helped me in my job, is how he takes you through C to C++. When I first started, I was doing maintenance and bug fixes on C++ code that had a very strong C flavor. Without the coverage of C, and those concepts, I would not have been as effective in my duties.
I still refer to this book on a regular basis.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best technical book i've ever read

Simply put this is by far the best technical book i've ever read the author is clearly a master of the subject here he gives you exactely what you need to be an effecient ejb developer but more importantly he makes you want to read other manuals so that you can know as much as he does,there 's nothing better than learning from someone who knows what he is talking about.This is the art of programming in practice i read the whole book three times all ready and still can get enough of if I will never sell this book i 'll keep it forever great great job. Keep up the good job!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Function Point Analysis: Measurement Practices for Successful Software Projects (Addison-Wesley Information Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Garmus, David Herron
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent companion through the complete process

This is an authoritative book by two authors who have a published a large number of articles on the subject.
Function point analysis is, in both my experience and opinion, one of the most accurate estimating tools a software engineer has at his or her disposal. I have previously used the constructive cost model (COCOMO) through version 2, Raleigh curves, and hybrids such as Software Estimation Analysis Tool, which computes both COCOMO and function point statistics. Granted, not all of these estimating models are equal - the Raleigh curve approach has a focus on quality and manpower loading that the others lack. But each (and many I have not cited) are estimating tools for software development.
My experience shows function point analysis to be the most accurate - if done correctly. Therein lies the crux of the matter. Function point analysis, in order to yield accurate estimates of effort, needs to be performed by certified counters and the resulting data needs to be properly interpreted. That's where this book comes in.
It starts with an overview that serves as an understandable introduction for someone who is new to software estimation, yet is interesting enough to hold the attention of more experienced professionals. The advice on preparing for IFPUG (International Function Point User Group) certification is a highlight and underscores the fact that FP counting should only be performed by certified counters.
The chapters on software measurement and executive introduction to function points are really extensions of the introduction. I found both the software measurement model in this chapter, and how to establish a world class measurement program interesting and informative.
This segues into three chapters that cover measuring and using function points, and industry benchmarks. Some highlights are the way the authors tie function points to key performance indicators such as productivity, quality, financial and maintenance. I also liked the way that the authors stratify the users of function point data into project managers, IT managers and cross-organizational stakeholders. I was particularly interested in the last group because I am often involved in both service and application delivery projects. The use of function points as a basis for service level metrics and outsourcing is an intriguing idea that I will explore further.
When you arrive at chapter 6 the foundation built in the first five chapters prepare you for a detailed, methodical approach to performing function point analysis. This is straightforward and appears to be completely consistent with IFPUG. All you need to know about function point analysis is, in my opinion, provided in the remainder of the book. The material is augmented by case studies, and also addresses contemporary issues such as applying function point analysis to object-oriented, web, client/server and data warehouse applications. While each of these topics are not given in-depth treatment the fact that they are addressed at all is impressive. The authors end the book with advice on preparing for the certified function point specialist exam, and gives sample exam questions. They also provide sample worksheets in the appendices.
This book merits a solid five stars because it is well written, up-to-date and follows IFPUG recommendations. If you are pursuing CFP certification this book will simplify your life. If you want to learn about an effective software estimating technique this book is a great starting point. To be completely fair, if you are new to software estimation you should also read Estimating Software Costs (Caspers Jones), which gives a complete and unbiased survey of all of the major (and some obscure) software estimating approaches.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great book for the A+ Study

A great book that helped me to be A+ Certified. This book dont only give you the test specific info, it reaches beyond that with historical and also beyond A+ material that helps you understand how things really work.
The book is written in a way that made me wantto keep on reading, and it made me understand what happens behind the curtains in the world of hard and software. It makes learning easy. This was especially important because I am swedish, and it is quite hard to read all this information in a language other than your native one.
If you are going to get any book for the exams, get this.