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Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond (2nd Edition)
Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond (2nd Edition)
Price: £25.34

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, well written and very useful, 3 Aug. 2013
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This is a very good book. Well written and structured. The content is relevant and up-to-date and it offers some very pragmatic advice for anyone who is involved in producing or reviewing architecture documentation. It provides a good level of detail and specific guidance in how to produce appropriate architecture documentation including diagrams and architectural decisions. It describes how to make the best use of standard notations such as UML and what makes a good diagram (or an ambiguous one!)


Canon Powershot A400 Silver Digital Camera [3MP, 2x Optical Zoom]
Canon Powershot A400 Silver Digital Camera [3MP, 2x Optical Zoom]

64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and performance, 13 Jan. 2005
Great performance for what amounts to a £100 camera. Good quality images, saturation and color balance and a comprehensive range of options for exposure and image control. Easy to use and good software bundle. My kids worked out how to use it without using the manual.
On the downside - picture processing performance can be dramatically improved by using a high-speed SD card and the standard AA batteries last almost no time at all - use 2300mAh rechargeables instead. This camera provides a good compromise between cost, performance and features.
See 'Steves Digicams' for a comprehensive review: [...]


Xml Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web
Xml Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web
by Jack Park
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough subject covered exhaustively, 9 July 2004
This is a difficult and evolving arena, this book covers the subject area comprehensively but also at some depth. If you are looking to buy only one book on topicmaps then this is it. I've read most of it in detail and even though some of the content is syndicated - the author has done an excellent job in bringing it all together. A very useful and informative book.


J2EE Development Without EJB, Expert One-on-One
J2EE Development Without EJB, Expert One-on-One
by Rod Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential text for the succesful J2EE technologist., 9 July 2004
Over the years I have acquired many books relating to J2EE design and implementation and only a few of them I would rate at 5 stars. The previous book "Expert One-On-One J2EE Design and Development" is one of them and I thought it would be very difficult to improve on it - "J2EE Development Without EJB" certainly does - I rate it 5 stars too. Firstly this book is not about flaming EJB; it's a very pragmatic and accurate account of the shortcomings of the EJB specification and describes how to circumvent them. The book contains alternatives to using various aspects of the EJB specification - but also how to make the best use of EJB if the use is justified. Significantly Rod Johnson is a pragmatist, deeply knowledgeable and has approached the issues holistically. Few will find his assertions difficult to challenge. For me the most important emphasis in this book is about good OO design practice, the importance of test driven development (TDD) and striving to achieve simplicity in design. This book also makes some very valuable steps in bringing AOP into the mainstream and demonstrates via the Open Source Spring Framework how to implement it successfully. If you really want to be successful in the J2EE arena then you cannot ignore this book. The book is very challenging thought provoking, suitable for designers, developers and J2EE architects. This book is not a sales pitch for Spring, but you will appreciate its clean design and simplicity, Rod Johnson covers all the issues in an evenhanded manner, which gives significant credibility to the text. If you are in the thick of J2EE development you'll like this book and be challenged and motivated by it.


Core JFC: Java Foundation Classes (Core Series)
Core JFC: Java Foundation Classes (Core Series)
by Kim Topley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most useful JFC Book I've found, 31 July 2002
After looking at most of the JFC titles I decided that this was perhaps the most useful. It certainly has proved to be exactly that. There are gaps - but they are small and you can plug them using the Sun web resources. The book is well written and the subject areas are covered very thoroughly. The examples are clear and useful. The index is a little disappointing though. Most of the other books are older (1998-2000) and are out of date. Core JFC contains updates for Java 1.3. There are no mentions of internationalization or resource bundles. I'll give it four stars - there still seems to be a shortage of that advanced, all singing, all dancing JFC book. After buying a number of initially promising books that remain largely unread - I'm happy to say this one is not one of them and is worth a look.


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