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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book makes everything click!


This book, probably the oldest of the Tanenbaum tetralogy, is in my opinion, the finest. This can double up as a first course in Operating Systems as well as Computer Architecture/Organization. I wish our school had used this as the textbook for our first year CO class. The material covered is fundamental yet very readable. Coverage of microprogramming(including some good stuff about x86 Micro Architecture), virtual memory, instruction set design, RISC v CISC, multicomputers. The tenet of this book is that a computer can be viewed as a series of layered machines, with chapters describing each machine. Overall a great value for anybody who wants to have a better idea of what goes under computer systems, without too much pains.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Confusing Examples and Many Errors


Very idsappointed with this book. I've made it about 1/3 throught he book, but I've abandoned the book and will be seeking a refund. The book contains too many error to list, I can hardly believe a technical publishing house like O'Reilly let this out wihtout better proof reading. (I have the First Edition)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
That's one sharp Polar Bear!


This book is now in it's second edition, and the update is well worth the $20 investment. The authors give the best all around introduction to the subject that I have seen. What I like about their approach is that they don't claim to have all the answers and they seem to understand that this is a field that is in evolotion. What's great about the book is that it's in plain English and is aimed at programmers and graphic designers who don't have a degree in library science. What I enjoyed most about the book is that there is quite a bit of good common sense. Not only would I recommend this book to someone starting in the field, but I would also say that if you are an old timer it's a worthwhile read to get a better taste of what best industry practices are these days. While the book has some illustrated examples, it manages not to be a pretty picture book which tells you what you already know.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Digital Printing, Second Edition
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Harald Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Informative & Engaging


This book does a teriffic job of making a complex subject easy to understand without "dummying down" the content. Very well written with excellent illustrations. Best text I have found on the subject.