Todd S. - Reviews

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The Boss: Nameless, Blameless and Shameless (Dilbert)
The Boss: Nameless, Blameless and Shameless (Dilbert)
Author: Scott Adams
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/19/2010
Helpful Score: 1


Be aware that despite the 80 pages listed on the site this is a 24 page 2"x2" mini-book with only a few cartoons. Nice enough for a stocking stuffer or a silly present if that's what you are looking for but it is definitely not a Dilbert collection. No great heartburn at the use of a credit (and the postage to earn it) but the page count convinced me this was more of a real book.


Burn Factor
Burn Factor
Author: Kyle Mills
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/7/2005


It starts ok with a computer based mystery thriller involving mysterious high tech companies in bed with big military and government but it devolves into a chase after a poorly drawn and tedious combination Hannibal Lechter and the other psychopaths the FBI uses Hannibal to find. You even have the FBI woman (but a computer programmer, not an agent) for whom the villain holds a sinister admiration. After the first third, not much cyber to this cyber-thriller and after two thirds, not much thriller either.

But I hope you select it so I can get another book ;-)


Criptonomicon II : El codigo Pontifex
Review Date: 7/24/2006


This is a Spanish language copy of a portion of Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. Excellent book but be aware that this is not a sequel to the original with an alluring Latin title.


Criptonomicon III : El codigo Aretusa
Review Date: 7/24/2006


This is a Spanish language copy of a portion of Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. Excellent book but be aware that this is not a sequel to the original with an alluring Latin title.


Technology in Action,  Introductory (3rd Edition)
Review Date: 5/2/2006


Broad, college introduction to the marvels of information technology. Like many such texts it mentions a lot of IT but goes deeply into very little. Nice pictures and graphics.


VB.NET Hacks & Pranks
VB.NET Hacks & Pranks
Author: Alexander Klimov
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/6/2006


Use Microsoft's latest developer tools to create interesting text and graphics effects or develop playful toy programs. The programs are strong high school or introductory college level efforts; they do introduce the .Net framework and object model, and they demonstrate how the computer can be controlled via code. Minus the graphics, several examples brought me back to 1973 when I was learning beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code (aka BASIC): quick and fun pranks with a lesson inside.

Professionals or experienced programmers might discover a cute trick or two, but the coding and completeness are not good models of developer style (i.e., planning for reuse, development of classes, generalization). The author's examples show a definite tendency toward VB6 and earlier legacy habits, e.g., using LEN(string) rather than string.Length (a minor flaw but not a good example for the future of object model usage).

All in all, a nice cupcake of a programming book.


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