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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for learning OOA/D


I've come from a mainframe background. I took C++ and Java classes and still didn't know how to design OO. This book has helped me cross that bridge. Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Juval Lowy is wonderful


This is a must have book. Although it doesn't talk about component oriented programming, it gives lots of details of .net internals.
If you are mid-senior level programmer you must have this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Grokking the GIMP
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Carey Bunks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Editing natural photographs


I've read a number of books about the GIMP, and this one is my favorite. I mostly work with natural photographs, and the big problem is finding the boundaries between the various objects in the photos. I've approached this problem in a somewhat haphazard way ... until now. Grokking the GIMP is the first book I have found which properly explains the relationships between masks, selections, and paths, and how to best use them to work with photos. There are numerous full-color examples showing exactly how to efficiently work with photos, and I've learned about many GIMP features that I never knew existed. This book will make my work with the GIMP much more satisfying.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really query what you want


After reading this book I finally understood table relationships and how to retrieve the information I wanted from multiple tables at once. I have never had queries put across in such a clear simple manner. I had been working with ASP / SQL queries for about a year and was just muddling through with sub-tables and linking. I was creating databases with redundant information just so I didn't have to link tables. This book allowed me to streamline my database and improve the speed and simplicity of my ASP pages. This book focuses on select queries almost exclusively, but this is I think a strong point not a weakness, since most of the time you are pulling information out not inserting or updating. Works very well with it's companion book Database design for mere mortals