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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro MSMQ: Microsoft Message Queue Programming
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Scot Boyd, Richard Costall, Ken Rabold, Arohi Redkar, Tejaswi Redkar, Carlos Walzer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best resource for MSMQ and .NET framework programming.

"Pro MSMQ" is one of the only books currently out that gives an in depth overview of MSMQ. This book is basically split into two sections. One section gives some of the best information and reference material regarding the System. Messaging class for the .NET framework. The code snippets are very useful and give the reader a solid direction and foundation for extending the code to accomplish their objective using MSMQ. The other section is just as informative with regards to the Win API. I read this section, but most of my effort went into reading and using the example code from the System.Messaging section.

I found the book easy to read, concise, and very helpful in ramping up on the MSMQ technology. The chapter on creating and administering MSMQ was very useful and the diagrams made it easy to follow. The book also had a chapter on deploying and administration tools for MSMQ. The code snippets are all C# but a VB.NET developer should be able to convert the code examples with little effort. This book was very helpful for me in ramping up on MSMQ in a short timeframe for a project I was working on. I would definitely recommend this book as necessary reading for anyone who will be using MSMQ and .NET framework.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms : The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is it!

This book is hands-down the best guide to learn how to build and program robotic creatures made out of Lego. The book does not provide step-by-step instructions, but rather covers in helpful depth all aspects of the activity, from the purely mechanical ones to ways of programming autonomous robots.
Of course, the key to it all is not only to master these individual techniques, but also to choose the best way to integrate them to create execellent 'bots!. This book does just that. Don't take my word for it. Ask around in www.Lugnet.com - the premier international Lego fan site.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Good

I've been working with Data Warehousing for a few years, and stumbled upon this book here on Amazon a few weeks ago. I was leery at first because of it's obvious textbook price/look, but purchased it anyway, much to my delight.
The book provides a very vendor neutral view of Data Warehousing and Data Mining, many data mining ideas and examples are presented throughout the book without any specific programming language used. I feel it allows you to implement the idea in your preferred method.
I found the book more than worth the price, in fact I was asked to give a guest lecture/presentation at a University Data Mining class in the Spring and will definitely pull from this book for my presentation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional JSP 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Simon Brown, Robert Burdick, Jayson Falkner, Ben Galbraith, Rod Johnson, Larry Kim, Casey Kochmer, Thor Kristmundsson, Sing Li
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for real work

When I needed to learn JSP (I got a job to build some serious custom tag libraries) my first stop was the Core series. I liked the Core Java 2 books. At first I liked the Core JSP books too, they are quick to read and easy to understand.
But then after some weeks working on real projects I noticed that they lacked very much essential information. I found myself searching through the office copy of Professional JSP 1st edition again and again to get the job done.
This 2nd edition is even better. If you are a decent programmer (not a complete beginner who's better of with some dummies books) and want to get the job done - this is the choice. The book relies heavily on examples. Several case studies with all the code implemented.