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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Design: Principles and Practices and Xilinx 4.2i Student Package (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: John F. Wakerly
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE book for starters (& Ref)


I am a CS guy too, and this book was required for the Digital Logic class. I love this book, cause it doesn't have any pre-reqs, and so anyone with an interest can pick it up and will have a good idea as to what digital circuits are all about.
I'm sure that chapter 3, which deals with the analog circuitory isn't very amazing to CS guys, but my prof. insisted on learning that chapter, and I'm happy he did. We all cursed him for teaching us transistors and CMOS logic, but it was well worth it, and I'm happy Wakerly has included it in this book. All you have to do is read every word in Chapter 3, and you'll have a great idea.
The scope of this book is excellent. Taking you from Binary numbers to RAM in one book is quite an achievement and it just flows. Also a good source to pick up VHDL. The diagrams are very clear and easy to understand.
After reading through 3/4ths of this book, I was able to design a few components(different design) by myself without any help.
I would recommend this book highly..And if you're CS, please don't think of Chapter 3 as a waste and skip it.. Cause if you want to get a better understanding and feel for things..you Better read it..I'm happy I was forced to.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Oracle9i DBA Fundamentals I Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Biju Thomas, Bob Bryla
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not enough depth for the newbie


I passed the test with 51 right out of 60. This book definitely helped clear up some concepts I had been hazy on in the past, like the relationships between segments and extents. I might even keep it around as a reference just because it's got enough condensed info on a wide range of topics that it might prove useful at some point when I need to create a profile or a partitioned index.
If you have the extra dough, spring for the practice tests at selftestsoftware.com. Some of those questions showed up almost word for word on the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but Could be Better


This is a good introduction to XSLT, and the book contains an extensive reference section which will certainly be helpful. The downside is the author's technique of trying to teach relatively simple concepts through the use of fairly complex examples. I prefer to have a concept explained and then see a fairly simple example. Not all of the chapters are this way. Some of the early ones are very well done, but I found myself just skimming through some of the chapters because I don't want to read 4 pages of code to understand one concept.
XSLT does have a farily verbose syntax, so the author cannot always reduce the size of the code listings. In those cases, it would be really nice if the 3 or 4 important lines of code were highlighted in some way to assist the reader.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The Examples only work for Internet Explorer


I first found this book was great with the examples, till friend told me my examples didn't work.
The Javascript examples provided in the book don't work for Netscape. So be careful.