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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Fantastic book on the study of algorithms!


An excellent survey of the field of algorithms. From a mathematical perspective its lighter than Knuth and heavier than Sedgewick. If your algebra is rusty you'll have some problems, but you don't have to be a math whiz either. If your just looking for an algorithm "cookbook" you'd be better off with something else, but if you're looking to gain a very solid "undergraduate" level understanding in algorithms you couldn't do any better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Worth a read



This is a decent but not spectacular book, which is written as a series of 46 five to ten page articles on various programming topics, such as "Orthogonality", "Design by Contract" and "The Requirements Pit". The segments are quite heavily cross-referenced (which I didn't find very useful).
The authors dole out a lot of solid advice, which is the book's strength. I found myself disagreeing with very little. There are memorable tips and some good stories. The writing style is also very accessible and conducive to diving in at any page.
The book seems a bit lightweight. The exercises are a little simple and I don't think you'll find yourself going back to this book a lot. Also, the typeface is annoyingly large.
I'd recommend this to someone who has done some programming and understands the syntax and fundamentals but hasn't gotten into programming larger pieces of software. I think that if you have programmed anything significant you won't find much new in here.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but could be better.


While I have found this book to be the best reference available on the topic, it is largely because it is the only book available on the topic at the moment. When it was released in 1998, I'm sure it was a far better resource, but with the changes made in the 2.2 (and upcomming 2.4 kernels) This book is BADLY in need of updating.

While informative, the writing leaves something to be desired. Often, the only way to comprehend a section is to read it a couple times, make notes of questions, and come back to it after reading later sections or digging up the information online.

My advice if you need this information, but can wait for a few months is to wait for the second edition, due later this year. Hopefully it's authorship will be more in keeping with the traditions of O'Reilly and associates.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Home Recording for Musicians for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Jeff Strong
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent source of information


This book is great!!!! I have been messing around with home recording for about 2 years, So I say I am still new at this. This book has got me off on the right foot, and helped to set up the studio I have now. It has also shown what kinda of upgrades I can make in the future. I now have everything that I want to get in the future laid out in the order I want/need to get them. I highly recommend this book