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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C by Dissection: The Essentials of C Programming (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Al Kelley, Ira Pohl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very informative and easy to follow.

C by Dissection, Third Edition is a great book. It is very easy to understand and provides a lot of information. The dissections of programs and explanations of the various features of the C language are very informative, clear, and consistent, which makes things very understandable and easy to follow. After explaining major features and terms in the chapters, the exercises that follow them let the reader put their newly learned knowledge to practice and further strengthen their coding skills.
This book can be useful for both beginners and experienced programmers. Things such as advice on coding style and structured programming, system considerations for code portability, and forewarnings of common programming errors to avoid, help the programmer develop good coding habits and increasing skills. For those who want to learn C++, there is a "Moving to C++" section available at the end of each chapter and near the end of the book, which describe the new features of C++ and how to use them. The appendixes at the very end of the book provide a complete reference of functions and macros in the standard library, communicating with the preprocessor, explanations on bitwise operations, a comparison of ANSI C to Traditional C, and other useful guides.
I've had a great learning experience reading this book, and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn C and C++.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 2: A Library of Data Models for Specific Industries
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Next Step for the Hardcore Database Developer

Universal data models (such as those in Silverston's Data Model Resource Book (Volume 1)) provide a head start when developing applications.
Translating these models from abstract concepts to real-world applications hasn't always been easy. In this book, Silverston has taken the first step by publishing industry-specific versions of his models.
This volume has specific models for Manufacturing, TeleCommunications, Heath Care, Insurance, Financial Services, Professional Services, Travel and E-Commerce. Each model has a detailed discussion of how the universal model was adapted for the industry.
It's easier to edit an existing model than create one from scratch. I don't get paid by the hour, so I expect that my copy of this book will become well-worn and dog-eared.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Put this in the category of pattern recognition

If you are in the business making technical products, selling, marketing or supporting them, this book is a must read. Some have quibbled about the author's biased writing style or the simplistic, fuzzy nature of the message, and I agree. Nominally, these things affect the overall crispness of "Inmates." That said, the book provides a basic and well-formed way of thinking about customer workflow, and advocates a methodology for building products accordingly. Yeah, it should obvious, but we all know that the reality is different. So you use the tools of persuasion where you can find them, and this is one of them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Serial Port Complete
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson, Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent information!

This is a superb book to help you interface a hardware device that you built, to the PC's serial port. But it is much more than that. It also shows how to network multiple computers using the serial port (hence creating your own network!). In addition, it also has details on how to interface some microcontroller based designs to the serial port as well. The author does focus on Visual Basic to access the ports but gives clear pointers as to how to use other methods to access the serial port ( including C ). The disk even has dll's you can use for direct port access even though this is forbidden under WinNT/2000, unless you use the function CreateFile(). All and all, I thought I got more for my money than I could've hoped for. Thank you Jan Axelson!