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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Semantic Web : A Guide to the Future of XML, Web Services, and Knowledge Management
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael C. Daconta, Leo J. Obrst, Kevin T. Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is timely on the market. The importance of introducing semantics into a Java Web Services Architecture is important. The authors did a great job of explaining the problem space for freshers as well as those with experience.
Simply put, buy this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Carrier Grade Voice Over IP
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Daniel Collins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Aimed specifically at designers of public telecommunications networks, this easy to read book provides practical and useful hands-on information. Where necessary, topics are covered in great detail. For example, 120 pages are dedicated to H.323. Softswitch architecture and programming are covered, and 55 pages are devoted to discussing Quality of Service issues.
We believe this book to be an essential read, and recommend it highly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Evangelos Petroutsos, Asli Bilgin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy it for the XML chapters alone

When I picked up the book, I thought I would just be learning about how to design a database. As a seasoned programmer, I am not interested in information I can grab off the web. I was delighted to find so much un-documented information in this book. Instead of a dry, design your database manual, you get an around the world tour of almost every flavor of technology that surrounds data access. Chapters 10 and 12 are my all-around favorites - X/Path, XSL/T XML and the related technologies. I would like the authors to write a book just on XML alone. Another favorite topic of mine (which was again, very clearly explained): SQL Server access over HTTP. This was great information that I can definitely use in my systems today. A terrific book overall.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Daniel Jurafsky, James H. Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Most comprehensive introduction to NLP

This book is a feat for anybody interested in Natural Language Processing and probably the most comprehensive book on this subject. It provides an in-depth overview of the most important aspects of NLP from regular expressions to sense disambiguation, discourse, and machine translation. I particularly like the bibliographical and historical notes in each chapter, which provide additional historical context and lots of references.
The book is well written and carefully structured. However, it contains several silly typos (real-word errors) that are a bit embarrassing, considering the topic of the book.
This book does not cover the hardware components of speech recognition. It only provides an introduction to the computational aspects. Nevertheless, I don't think the title is misleading (as other reviewers claim), but the back-cover should mention that it doesn't cover the electronic and signal processing components of speech recognition.