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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best practical design book for the novice

This little book is for you:
If you have words and pictures, but don't know how to arrange on the paper; If you know how to layout the page, but are not sure which font and the size of font to use. If you have the good design, but want to make it better... the best.
For all above, you don't have to study those 1000-pages book. You only need to spend couple hours to read this 140-pages book with 100+ illustrations. The best thing is that each page has ONLY 100-200 words.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely a must-have

IIS 6 is a great web server, but to really get the most out of it you need a book like this Pocket Consultant. There's lots of little tips and tricks for newbies and long-time admins alike, and the book never talks down to the reader. The style of writing is very easy to read (and enjoyable too).
One thing that is really refreshing about this book is that it is downright honest. IIS is certainly not perfect, and it has its share of little glitches, flaws, and annoyances. Stanek comes out and mentions these up front AND he includes workarounds (official or otherwise) when they exist.
Enough blathering - I can sum up this book in one sentence: Whether you're new to the world of IIS or someone who knows IIS, this book has lots of good stuff you can make use of. Buy it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Stuart J. Russell, Peter Norvig
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the best AI textbook available now

Comments from my students
Comments on AI: A Modern ApproachHaving used this book, I have found it to be an excellent overview of modern AI techniques. In fact, I knew nothing about many of the subjects in this book before this course, and this book has helped intrigue my interest sufficiently into the field. This book uses an intelligent agent as the unifying theme throughout. Namely, the problem of AI is to describe and build agents that receive percepts from the environment and perform actions, and each such agent is implemented by a function that maps percepts to actions. It covers different ways to represent these functions, such as production systems, reactive agents, logical planners and decision-theoretic systems. It explains the role of learning as extending the reach of the designer into unknown environments, and shows how it constrains agent design. All in all, the book is quite readable and well organized.In addition, the references to important works in the field were extremely useful, especially since many of them are now available online. What¡¯s more, these exercises are complete and thorough. They cover the entire breadth of the chapter, and each are detailed enough to challenge the students as more than a trivial problem.While each topic is treated carefully and explanations are clear, unfortunately the book would run to many volumes if each topic was covered completely. Since this is not the aim of the book, this is not a drawback. AI:AMA is, after all, an introductory text to AI used in many undergraduate AI courses. Every one who is learning AI should have this book on their shelf.
Student ID: 0020309059
Comments on ¡°Artificial Intelligence-A modern Approach¡±
I think this book is the leading textbook in Artificial Intelligence I have ever read. The Artificial Intelligence is a big area, this book give me a whole view of it.Besides all those good idea in this textbook, I think there is flaw in AIMI 2nd. First of all the whole book doesn¡¯t have a detailed example that can lead reader the way to build AI application from scratch although there are many little examples and figures in the book. I think AI is a practical subject.Second, Agent is hot and useful in AI now. I think there should be more pages on Agent and the application of Agent.
Comments on ¡°Artificial Intelligence-A modern Approach¡±I think this book is fairly valuable both for the beginners and for the specialists. This book has the following three characteristics compared with the books on AI that I read before:A new perspective of building intelligent agents: The book is organized around intelligent agents: what the ideas of agent are; how they make decisions and get information; how they learn knowledge. From this perspective a wide array of materials on AI is well organized and presented to the readers clearly and readably. Finished this book, I found myself have attained an overview of Artificial Intelligence.This text book is organized using the latest principles of good textbook design. It includes historical notes at the end of every chapter, exercises, margin notes, a bibliography, and a competent index. The historical notes are much helpful to me, from which I could get much information on the corresponding domains and I could read more that I am interested.The text book contains many valuable and comprehensive examples to illustrate the ideas it presents. The exercise is also good. They are both helpful to me to grasp the knowledge of AI. Besides those small examples which are responsible for illustrate the basic ideas and concepts, one or two ¡®big¡¯ examples which illustrate the process of building practical artificial intelligent systems must be helpful to us.
I am a graduate student who major in Computer Science. I use the book ¡°Artificial Intelligence¡± as my textbook in the course of AI. After one semester¡¯s study, I find this book is a good one. As we all know, AI is a big field, and it is very difficult to write a good book of AI because that book must be a big one. But the style, the concept and the practicability of this book are excellent.Firstly, when I read the book, I was deeply absorbing by its style. It describes the key concepts of a problem and its solution first, then give examples, and finally give a theoretical explanation, with rigorous theoretical analysis where appropriate. The point of the theory is always to get the concepts across and explain how they are used in actual, fielded systems. During the course of my reading, I had a clear mind. I could find the right reason why this problem could be promoted, what¡¯s the mathematic model of it, and how it could be solved in several methods.Secondly, I enjoy the concept of the book. I think the writer must have a good sense of humor. I clearly remembered I fell into a big laughed when I read the example that ¡°if you left your car outside all the night, you might find your spare tyro missing next morning.¡± What a funny story it is!Finally, the practicability of the book is good. Because of its comprehensive coverage and large number of detailed algorithms, it is useful as a primary reference volume for me.Just as Prof. Tom Dietterich has said: ¡°I recommend it to anyone who wants to have an introductory overview of the state of AI. And I recommend it to experts in the field, who will enjoy its unified description of the field.¡±

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Larry P. English
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
bussines planning

I would like to get more information about bussines planning especially quality management including human resources business planning in the last decade.