2014-11-16

Review - Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries

Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET LibrariesFramework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries by Krzysztof Cwalina
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent material, a broad view for building for external clients...

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2014-11-16

Review: Visual Basic.Net Threading Handbook

Visual Basic.Net Threading HandbookVisual Basic.Net Threading Handbook by Kourosh Ardestani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My specialty has been as a VBA (Excel/Access) and SQL Server database developer, but I have been edging into .NET work over the past year or two. Although there are some legitimate gripes about this book, in general I've found it to be an illuminating resource. Threading is essential to .NET programming, and the general concepts here have helped me to understand the projects I've been involved with, in both C# and VB. I can say sincerely, that the overview in this book is unmatched by material read on the internet, both in depth and quality.

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2014-11-16

Review - The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and SocietiesThe Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Generally, I found the book most engaging for understanding perception, heuristics and decision making, although this did not seem to be the primary premise of the book. As for the writing, it was a bit long-winded, using analogies to make points, even though the concepts themselves are readily accessible without elucidation.

As to its purported focus, it provides academic, empirical, and statistical support for diversity, not necessarily racial or ethnic, with the premise being that diversity of viewpoint within groups is powerful, so much so that it trumps individual excellence.

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2014-11-16

REview: C# in Front Office

C# in Front Office: Advanced C# in PracticeC# in Front Office: Advanced C# in Practice by Xing Zhou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I already know much of the code for this - I am a long time VBA programmer that also now codes in C# - and I found the information straightforward and useful. It will likely cause me to refine some of my existing code and it certainly spurred a few ideas for current development, mostly around RTD-like servers, but the grammar and syntax is at times atrocious. It is still readable, but be prepared for some jarring errors in English.

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2014-11-16

Review:Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented SoftwareDesign Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Depending on on how you think of programming, this book could be incredibly insightful, or horribly abstract and impractical. Since I prefer and tend to think in patterns and abstractions, I found this book close to my heart. It uses a variety of languages for examples, so a willingness to explore concepts, not practical solutions, is essential.

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