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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
What is it?

_G?del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid_ is a beautiful, engaging, interesting, deep, and, uh, eternal book. Although its appeal is to a limited market (IMO, almost all with NT (rational) temperament (Search for _Please Understand Me II_ above) will enjoy this. Many probably will not get why he delves into complex systems so much, but either way, you're better off reading it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too general to actually learn anything

While I agree that this book is very pleasant to read I really miss substantial information. The authors try to cover a large number of tools and techniques and even the UNIX operating system and Perl in one volume. Unfortunately everything stays very much on the surface. There are plenty of excellent introductory books on UNIX - why not refer to those and talk about algorithms instead? This leads us to the main weakness of the book (in my opinion): Lots of things are touched but none of them are really explained or illustrated by actual code or algorithms.
Of cause a book on applying bioinformatics tools in every day lab-life would also be very usefull. But most tools are presented on extremly limited space so all the reader gets is a rough idea what the tool is for. Many popular and/or important packages are not described or even mentioned at all: e.g. there is just a tiny reference to GCG and EMBOSS is non-existant in the book.
If you are in biology and would like to hear about some of the tools available on the net for free this book is for you: The book will get you curious about many things and give you some keywords to feed the search engine with along with a bunch of URLs.
If you want to learn about computational biology and its foundations and methods you will be disappointed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Complete Guide to OneNote
Publisher: Apress
Authors: W. Frederick Zimmerman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Place to Start with OneNote

As a new OneNote user I found this book was a great guide to get me going. I read the book from cover to cover. The writing style is casual, but not cutesy. After reading a section, I found used what was described without having to thumb back through the book to read again how it worked. I am enjoying OneNote as a product and I believe that much of the productivity gains that I am experiencing come from having gotten off to a great start with this book.

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

I have two other Javascript books and have used on-line resources from time to time. I found this fifth edition to be a worthy addition. It isn't intended to be the ultimate comprehensive book, nor does it target the advanced scripter who wants the latest in tips and tricks. As it says in the introduction, the authors "concentrate on showing you how to get useful tasks done with JavaScript without a lot of extraneous information." The "Where to Learn More" section directs you to an excellent sampling of on-line resources that more than adequately addresses what you might find lacking in this book.
There are lots of practical examples and there is a companion site on-line where you can check out the examples and access the code for copy and pasting.
Since there are so many different ways to do things with JavaScript, you may or may not like the choices the authors make in the examples but you can't go far wrong imitating their style.
The language is clear and easy for me to understand, which really helps.
Javascript can be really frustrating compared to some other languages because there is zero tolerance for error and the error messages generated are of such little help in identifying the problem. The tips this book offers on debugging are worth way more than the price of the book!