O. Arnold

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (51 of 64)
Location: Herts United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,857,326 - Total Helpful Votes: 51 of 64
Windsurfing: The Essential Guide to Equipment and &hellip by Simon Bornhoft
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start, 30 Aug 2010
Unless you have friends/relatives, who are windsurfers themselves and willing to guide you through your initial steps, it's not always easy as you enter the sport. This relates to both the set-ups and the skills you need to start windsurfing. This book is great because it provides you with the kind of information you absolutely need to start windsurfing. It's an easy read, easy to pick up and put down, or read cover to cover. It's also full of colour pictures. This book is also very reasonably priced.
Rapid GUI Programming with Python and QT: The Defi&hellip by Mark Summerfield
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 20 Feb 2010
This is NOT a great book, unfortunately its the best available (at the time of writing) on the subject.

First of all, there's nothing wrong with Python or QT4. I'm quite excited by the possibility that QT offers and think it might actually pose as a legitimate contender to MS XAML based technologies. I would suggest that you get yourself a decent IDE (This is the 21st Century after all) attempting to write code without the use of code assistance is just ridiculous so don't use a plain text editor. I found Eclipse with the Pydev plugin to be excellent!

This book is bad for the following reasons:

i)Too much padding, could be a lot shorter. The author just… Read more
Working Effectively with Legacy Code (Robert C. Ma&hellip by Michael Feathers
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard Text, 20 Feb 2010
I have a few (5 or so) programming books that I hold in very high regards. This is one of them. I intend to keep this one close to hand.

I've spent the last 4 months enhancing and bug-fixing a very old MFC application for a customer. I wish I'd read this book before I took the project on.

I thought that this book was very well planned out. I found it easy to read with excellent practical advice on working with legacy code. Each chapter in this book is golden and it's worth taking your time to absorb the advice presented. In fact, I thought that every page in the book was useful (this is rare in programming texts).

To get the most out of this book you should… Read more