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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Book for a Non-Trivial Understanding of TCP/IP

There are numerous TCP/IP books out there but this book stands out amongst the rest in that it explains the various aspects of the technology well. Many books are just scratching the surface to provide an illusion of explaining TCP/IP well. This book is no kids' book; it delves into well into the principles, protocols and architectures,... and even when these can be rather daunting, the explanation is as good as it can be. Few experts can explain/impart their knowledge as well as the author.
It also provides rich info on the future TCP/IP (IPv6) and a brief overview (about 10 pages) of HTTP.
If you are a computer professional who is serious about learning about TCP/IP, this book is highly recommended.
I am glad to have bought this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For intelligent HTML users

When I started using HTML a few years ago my husband came home from the bookstore with two armfuls of HTML guides. I was immediately attracted to the colorful, catchy-looking guides and instantly disliked the humble little 'Definitive Guide.' Well, to make a long story short, I design web sites and work on them every day. What do you think happened to the colorful, chatty HTML books? They're stacked up inside a cabinet--they're actually a little embarrassing to have laying around. And which book did I quickly reassess and become a dedicated user of? That's right--HTML, The Definitive Guide. Of the few computer reference books I use, TDG is on the top of stack, close at hand. It is the most practical book I own--and I buy HTML books regularly. I use it every day and wouldn't be without it.
Oh, yes. It is dryly written--but, I like that, now. It is no-nonsense, to the point--exactly what I need. I do wish the authors would be less conservative when advising content over style. Time to loosen up, fellas.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Exactly What I Was Looking For

I am in my final year of highschool and heading into computer science next year at university. I have taken (very simple) introductory programming courses in high school and have learned PHP and Java from "teach yourself" books on my own. I was looking for a book to quickly bring me up to speed in the world of C++ programming, and this is just the book to do it. As long as you have some experience using an object oriented programming language, this book this book is for you. However, if you are new to programming in general, you'll probably need to work though a "Teach Yourself in 21 Days" before tackling this one :-)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Causality : Models, Reasoning, and Inference
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Judea Pearl
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
What is the cause of intolerance?

Pearl included an Epilogue containing a lecture he gave in 1996 entitled, "The Art and Science of Cause and Effect."
Pearl concludes the lecture by comparing his theory of causality to the first mathematical tool,the abacus: "But the really challenging problems are still ahead: We still do not have a causal understanding of poverty and cancer and intolerance, and only the accumulation of data and the insight of great minds will eventually lead to such understanding. "The data is all over the place, the insight is yours, and now an abacus is at your disposal, too. I hope the combination amplifies each of these components."

Unfortunately, virtually no advances have been made in learning the causation of intolerance nor how to rid us of it. And Judea Pearl suffered immensely because of that . . . Daniel Pearl, his son, was killed in Iraq due to intolerance. :-(

BTW, the book is great.