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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Tinkerer's Tips and Tricks of the Trade


Building the Perfect PC is a great companion to the Thompson's PC Hardware in a Nutshell. While the Nutshell book is a great reference, its single chapter on building obviously can't cover all the nuances of the actual process. Building the Perfect PC fills that void well. I really enjoyed the travel guide feel of the book. The conversational writing style along with the abundant color pictures made me feel like I was sitting in the room with the authors while we put the PCs together.

The first two chapters Fundamentals and Choosing and Buying Components are worth reading whether this is you're first PC or umpteenth. While some might find the advice "safe", the strategies and recomendations are extremely sound and should be ignored with extreme caution. The quality and reliability of components determine whether your build experience is satisfying and fun or a miserable nightmare.

It took me a while to read the book, but it was well worth it. There's a lot of information in each project PC. I recently had the opportunity to build a new PC from scratch that involved a little from each project. The PC combined the best of the lan party pc with the video features in the home theater PC. I don't think anyone is going to follow any chapter verbatim, but after reading the entire book you'll adjust the "recipes": a little of this and a little of that.

The only minor disagreement I have with the book is some of the benefits of building your own PC maintained by Mr. Thompson. I'm not so sure of the truth behind the lower cost and better PC. A lot depends on how you're measuring. If you need safe dependable transportation a Dell, IBM, or HP/Compaq will serve you reasonably well. The best benefit of Building the Perfect PC is the same reason you hotrod a car, it's a whole lot of fun.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Leaves a LOT to be desired


A mistake or three is expected in any publication, no matter how well it has been edited. This book, unfortunately went for broke on how many mistakes it could have. Within the first three sections I found over 20 mistakes. The worst were a couple of questions in the back of a section whose answers didn't even square with the material in the section! Just an all around bad attempt at a "for dummies" book. If people wanting to get certified rely on this book, they truly will end up with the label of dummy. Go with the Mike Meyers books, please!!!!!!!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compiler Construction: Principles and Practice
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Kenneth C. Louden
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best introductory text for compiler design


First, I do not understand the compile theory completely. I only familiar with lexical and syntax parse (what is needed in pratical in most cases).
I have read and have been reading several books on compile theory. Some of them are too dull, listing too many definitions before a little bit example. Some of them are disorganized, the former part often relies on the latter one. But this book has no such flaws. That's all.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad if you know what you are doing.


I would not suggest this book for a novice. It glosses over quite a bit of ASP. However, it does provide nice coverage of the primary objects used in ASP (i.e. Session, Application, Response, Request, etc.). I think the author of the book definitely knows his stuff, but a few more examples would not have hurt. The book reads relatively well. I read the first 7-8 chapters during a two hour flight. I did like the way the author outlines the collections, methods, and events involved with each object. Overall, the book was not bad, but do not buy this book if you are clueless (I suggest Wrox's beginner ASP 2.0).