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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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This book is very accurate on the personalities and processes that happen in software construction. As a fustrated programmer many issues and the exact meaning of examples "Inmates" are very clear. A must read for anyone in the industry. However it contains complex ideas that people not in the knowledge area may miss. Example is the interpretation that the book blames and challenges programmers for the software woes. This is incorrect. It states programmers need assistance of this nature desperately, and managers of today are not providing it.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nothing better than this book.


The only complete reference for programmers working in the UNIX enviroment. Not just a reference book but a very well guide to learn fundamentals of UNIX programming. Everything you want to know about UNIX programming. Signal handling, file system, I/O and lots of other chapters about advanced programming with UNIX. If you're looking a book to develop "real" advanced apps. or to join the development of Linux kernel and other open system projects, this is the FIRST book you must buy...
It's sad to say this but the author of this book; the big guru, Richard Stevens is nomore with us. rest it peace guru...



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Informative and detailed


This book caused quite a stir when it first came out. It had unprecedent detail, clarity and insight. It is a good book, however like most protocol books you often have to search hard to find the bits that are relevant when using it as reference. This is particular issue as this book only covers part of the story -- as there are a series of these books. By the way, there is another series of books that preceeds these that covered TCP/IP in great detail, including protocol code -- probably World Wide Web though. There may be other newer books available now that are as good or better. Also, the Internet related protocols continue to evolve so books in this domain tend to become a little dated after a couple of years. It is not that they become invalid, it is more that they become increasingly less complete.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Ben Forta, Raymond Camden, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have 'significantly enhanced' MX 7 book


I just finished reading ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit. This is another master piece from Ben Forta. This book is definitely "significantly enhanced" than the previous version.

Like previous version it includes all the basic concepts from installing the ColdFusion to Database concepts, from data-entry forms to new Flash integration features. It is great as a guide to planning and making decisions about development than as a comprehensive reference. I have to say it is great in the manner of which it is written, and is easily understandable. All time favorite explanations in the book like next-n paging, error handling, User Defined Functions (UDF) and ColdFusion Components (CFC) are explained in same lucid and easy to understand language with examples.
In this new addition, the Flash applications are described in details with examples. The new features of Graphing, Printing, and Reporting are covered in length. The tricks and tips of the MX 7 like recursive directory search using cffile, flash forms, flash paper, Dreamweaver MX 2004 extensions are explained very well by authors.

Do not forget to read the additional chapters from CD-ROM. The appendix of the book is almost same as previous version with few changes. I will say this book is essential for beginners and advance ColdFusion MX 7 developer.

Pinal Dave (Macromedia Certified Advanced ColdFusion MX Developer)