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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book on the market for .NET Remoting

I have read many books on .NET but this has to be one of the best there is. Ingo Rammer delivers a detailed explanation of every aspect of .NET remoting in a clear and concise manner. He has tailored his writing to the more advanced developer but somehow still manages to write in a way that doesn't come across as either dry or confusing.
The first half of the book covers everything you need to know for developing distributed applications with the .NET Framework. The second part gives you a thorough technical insight that will allow you to really understand what's happening behind the scenes and how you can tap into customizing the framework to suit your exact needs. I found this to be very effective.
One of the things that really stands out are the numerous examples that he has following every section throughout the book. He has obviously spent a great deal of time on these examples and, unlike a lot of other books out there, has made sure that they compile and execute as expected.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Could be cut down to a third without loosing information

This is the only book I have read about Genetic algorithms, but it seems that it covers the field pretty well.
In the preface it says that it is aimed a beginning graduate students, and since I have a M.Sc. in Computer Science and I just wanted to read it for fun I thought it would be for me. But I found that it uses way to many words to explain very basic things (e.g. almost a page to explain binary numbers) while many of the difficult equations just was presented without proper proof. So the book could have better if it had been cut down to a third and then supplemented with the proper proofs. So if you are a Computer Science graduate I cannot recommend this book. Given the fine books that Addison-Wesley usually publish I was quite disappointed with this one.
But if you are a student in other fields and just want an "intuitive" impression of Genetic Algorithms without the mathematical rigor it is probably good.
Chapter 1: An introduction to genetic algorithms with examples. This chapter is excellent.Chapter 2: The mathematical theory behind genetic algorithms. This is not done very well since many of the equations isn't proven or explained properly.Chapter 3: A Pascal program for the sample in chapter 1. This seems unneccesary since any proficient programmer easily could have implemented the program based on the information in chapter 1.Chapter 4: The history of genetic algorithms and a number of applications all taken from research. Both seem unneccesary.Chapter 5: An extension of the techniques presented in chapter 1. This is good.Chapter 6-7: Introduction to machine learning. Is ok.Chapter 8: A concluding chapter without any real new information.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The last certification guide you need to buy.

This is the most comprehensive primer for the 310-025 (Java 2 Programmer) examination that I have come across. Two of my colleagues and I all passed the examination on the first try using this guide, and the three Marcus Green practice tests (available at javaranch.com) as preparation. I can confidently say that you will probably not see anything on the exam that isn't covered in this book.
A word of caution, this book is not light reading, nor is it suitable for someone new to programming. It covers the Java 2 platform thoroughly and is structured very much like a college text (with chapter summaries and reviews). It is probably not something you are going to skim through over a weekend.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David McAmis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Look for another book

I found quite a few mistakes. Does anyone review these books? The "chapter " on Web Services was particularly poor. I suggest looking for any other book on Crystal and .Net.