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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques with Java Implementations
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You HAVE to read this book!


This book is THE best book I have read about data mining. And I have read most of them (see ISBNs: 0070057796, 0471253847, 0262560976, 0201403803, 0471179809, 013743980, 0137564120, 1558605290, 1558604030). It is fresh, clear, well balanced. If your native language is not English, then you should definetly read THIS book first.
The feature that is the most important for me is "just enough statistics". That is, you can understand the processes & descriptions even if you have not wasted your life and youth studying statistics; what is needed of it to understand is given shortly and very well. Many other books are too deep or too shallow (like Berry's, which is a good introduction, but nothing more than that).
If the rating was scaled 1-6 stars, I'd give this book a 10.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good to the last drop!


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Every chapter was excellent.
The book starts with a chapter that explains distributed objects, components, server-side components, and transaction monitors in a way that makes total sense and is fun to read.
The next couple of chapters give you an in-depth look at the EJB architecture removing all the mystery from the technology -- these chapters are pure gold.
Chapters 3 through 7 show how to develop stateless, stateful, CMP and BMP entity beans. These chapters explain how to write beans and how to use them. The examples are very excellent.
Chapter 8 is a very long but necessary chapter on transactions and how they work in EJB. I'm glad they saved this for after Chapters 3 -7 because it's complicated.
Chapter 9 is a priceless Design Strategies chapter that gives you more punch in the first 10 pages then most books give in 100. Even experienced EJB developers will learn new tricks from this chapter.
Chapter 10 is on XML deployment descriptors. This is an excellent reference and the way its organized makes it much simpler to understand.
Chapter 11 covers J2EE. It's short but excellent. The author tells you exactly how EJB fits into J2EE, which is all I wanted to know.
Appendix A - D are an invaluable reference for developers. They include a complete class reference, UML state diagrams and charts, vendor listing and finally a summary of the changes from EJB 1.0 to EJB 1.1.
This is the best EJB book available and will continue to be the best for a long time. Its too solid and too well organized not to be.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Artificial Intelligence (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Winston
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Poor of some important AI topics.


I think this book is waste of money, at least for the students, who want to study the topic "STRIPS" in the AI field. Unfortunately our textbook in the university is this one, so we read and depend on other AI books, from the libraries.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Web Programming with HTML, XHTML, and CSS (Wrox Beginning Guides)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Jon Duckett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for everyone


I must have read a dozen books on HTML over the years and this is one of the best books I've read so far. It's great for begginers and advance users but if your looking for a more dictionary type of book which I do not suggest for begginers but it is great for experts try Sybex Publishing's Mastering HTML and XHTML.

If you are only looking to learn some light XHTML and CSS try Visual Quick Start Guide's HTML for the world wide web.