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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Code doesn't work!!


Walter Nicolau's words mirror my thoughts exactly. I couldnt say it better than him. For the totally uninitiated this book is going to be frustrating, you will need at least a thorough understanding of one programming language( in order to comprehend the logic) and although a basic html is enough. I would say if you really want to master this book in 21 days, strong html experience is needed plus experience in script programming. Bottom line, I agree this book has too ambitious agenda, it would be better renamed "Learn ASP.NET in 21 days for ASP programmers" because it goes into detail about what is difference between ASP.NET and ASp, plus the author has background in ASP previously.
I had only been traversing this book for 6 days, and was disappointed by the 6th day answer key. The calculator source code that is given was really buggy, to me this is inexcusible. Don't get me wrong, the exercises are great and challenging, understanding them would indeed help in reinforcing the knowledge that you have gained in each chapter. However the 6th day exercise would really take about 2-8 hrs programming time (4 for me) to get it done from scratch. Day by day the exercises in the book is getting more and more complex, so I figured I would just go through the answer key and learn from there. However, I was so disappointed finding that the answer code is way less correct than mine :o . Looks like this book was released in a rush ;) , I was even more disappointed that there's no errata correcting this error.
Bottom line, if you are confident about your programming skills and not a beginner than this book will still be a great value to you. If you are a beginner, who has only made your own personal homepage (by notepad/homesite, not using frontpage or MS Word), then I wouldnt recommend this book for you.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a classic textbook


The examples and code was extremely helpful in clarifying the ideas presented in the text. The treatment I think should appeal to beginners (with some computing experience however) and certainly a pleasure for those advanced programmers who want to learn more about genetic algorithms.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Yeah, it's good


Its an ingeniously Carrollian take on a bunch of themes from genetic replication through recursion theory and into self-representational art, itself falling into this last category. On top of all this it tries to further our understanding of the human mind. Good fun, and just about anyone will at least enjoy the first half. Be prepared though for a long haul. This is a BIG book.
Is it the best book of non-fiction ever written? Nah! Surely that award must go to Euclid's 'Elements'. 2000 years of spectacular reviews and still wowing anyone who touches it. Nevertheless GEB is the best science popularization I have read.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


The book is invaluable. The topics are covered clearly and deeply, this book is written with the word "teaching" in mind.If you want to know how Unix works, this is a must-buy. Lots of clear and useful code are included; the author not only effectively explains, but involves you in reading well-written code to let you comfortably understand also the most advanced aspects of Unix system programming.