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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Error Control Coding, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Shu Lin, Daniel J. Costello
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Foremost book in the field


I had the previous version of this book as my text at USC. This version is a huge improvement over the last one. This one covers all the new advances and adds emphasis on the use of coding to communications channels. A complaint I had of the last version was that it under-emphasized coding gains and Eb/N0 vs. BER performance figures. This book has overcome many of those difficulties. It is still a bit ponderous in places but then it is the only book that covers the material in this much detail, truly a Bible of the field. It is a great graduate level text and a must-have book for any comm engineer. Charan Langton complextoreal.com



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Are We Reviewing the Cover or the Content!


"Don't judge a book by it's cover."
I have read some of the chapters and learned more in 5 minutes than I have in 5 books previously. It may not have a great cover, but it does have great content. Do yourself a favor and get it. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PCI Express System Architecture
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Don Anderson, Tom Shanley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PCI Express Book Review


This book provides an another resource in addition to the PCI Express Specification. This is helpful since I'm at a small company where no one else is working on PCI Express at the moment. The book is well written and well organized. It is useful to me as a system architect as well as the other guys in my group who will be the designers on our next ASIC project.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best book on the subject? Close but ...


I wish Kimball would get off his anti-relational & E/R kick. Yes star schema provides the most efficient and understandable design for datamarts, as people tend to think dimensionally and hierarchicly. But 'dimensional modelling' is just de-normalization for performance and understandability. This is the best guide to dimensional de-normalization, which is one of the keys to successful DW. But if the staging area or ODS is not 3NF, there isn't a hope of resolving cross-deparmental issues and coming up with enterprise query capability. To balance Kimball's viewpoint it's best to read something like 'Data Stores, Data Warehousing and the Zachman Framework' as well.