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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Systems Organization and Architecture
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: John D. Carpinelli
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Read this book for a Computer Architecture class and let me just say, Wow!!! This is a great book, front to back. Although the book claims to not have a prerequisite, I would not recommend it. A little background in electronics and knowledge of a high level language would surely give you a good background to get the most out of this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Systems Design: An Introduction to Processes, Tools and Techniques
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Arnold Berger, Arnold S. Berger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Ed Sutter

This book has a lot of good stuff! If you're entering thefield of embedded systems; whether it be as a programmer ora manager, this is worth your time. There's a little bit ofeverything here... what to consider when making a CPUselection, discussion on various debugging techniques, thefirmware vs software environmental differences, embedded system startup, details on JTAG vs BDM, etc...A very enjoyable read, and quite informative for thoseentering the field.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Object Primer : Agile Model-Driven Development with UML 2.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Scott W. Ambler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Book to Give Your Friends Who "Don't Get It"

The Object Primer is a great read. Scott walks you through the development lifecycle in clear and simple language. And all along the way, Scott points out the landmarks to the reader. Scott has a way of knowing just what a person needs.

For example, on page 122, Scott provides a basic list of twelve pointers for interviewing. How often was there a problem in requirements because of misunderstanding. These pointers address techniques they did not teach us in CS-101. The primer is full of helpful lists like these pointers. And who, besides Scott, would like to include this?

This new edition has been updated to reflect the emerging consensus of the Agile Modeling community. Whether you are a seasoned developer, a software development manager, or novice programmer, this book will provoke you to thoughtful consideration of how you develop software.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Version Control with Subversion
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: C. Michael Pilato, Ben Collins-Sussman, Brian W. Fitzpatrick
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Concise and clear introduction to Subversion

The writing in this book is refreshingly clear. In particular, I'm impressed with how the early sections seem to have been molded by answering the question, "What will a new user want to do?" For example, the text immediately shows you how to create a repository and then demonstrates the commands to begin adding and committing files.