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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
very comprehensive, but easy to understand

I highly recommend this box to any newbie to linux, and to experienced proffesionals as well...the developers at my company keep picking it of my shelf to check references for scripts :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book on how to ACTUALLY WRITE use cases.

This book was very informative. It really teaches you great techniques for writing Use Cases. It is the best book I've found for writing Use Cases but introduces a couple of concepts that it falls short in conveying understanding. There was never any explanation referring to Extensions meaning Alternative Flow Of Events. This is obvious, so I presumed it to be true. I'm sure many of you know, but nothing explained it, and every example said: None. Even the example that states that an Extension Point is used in the next Use Case, still says: None.
There are grammatical mistakes throughout the book (Not a big deal).
I felt, that if you read this and stay within the realm of the authors suggestions, and disregard the alternative methods, you should be alright. I would suggest to the author improving the explanations of a White Box Use case, instead of supplementing content with examples. I know what White Box is in Design, but It would be wrong of me to presume the same behavior in a Use Case.
The icons are a very handy reminder, and even with all the the perceived problems with the book, I think it's the best one available that I've seen. ESPECIALLY when compared to the Unified Process books.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If I was a millionaire.....

I am a graduate student of physics.
I used this book as an undergraduate. It was invaluable. I understood what Electricity and Magnetism means.
I used this book to study for the GRE physics test. It was invaluable. I wouldnt have made it without it. Everything was there, self contained, crystal clear.
I used this book as a supplement to Jackson to the graduate school. Jackson was inpenetrable some times and this book paved the way for the more advanced material.
I used this book to prepare for the comprehensive examinations of my physics department. The book was invaluable. It refreshed my memory (by that time I knew the material!) and I went quickly through solved and unsolved problems. I passed the exams.
Isn't that enough ? How more usefull a book can be ? If you are a physics major you ought to yourself to buy this book. Dont complain later when you move to Jackson. If I was a millionaire I would buy this book to all the physics major of the world. Enough said.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is a most comprehensive book for database at the same time having enough depth and I have used this book for 2 courses and read it in entirely.It covers every area of the db from realtional models,database design,system impelmentation techniques to advanced concepts.If you want to know about databases in entierty, this is the book. I have read some of the negative reviews, guys this is a not book for learning sql or for that matter is not titled database for dummies.I agree that you need some background in computer science but I donot think there is advanced math in it.Please READ THE TITLE and the abstract and probably then make your views about the book. I give it 5 stars because it achieves what it desires brilliantly