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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Remarkable Business Opportunity


Marsha Collier's "Starting An Ebay Business For Dummies" is your golden gateway to self-relience in a fun business of your own. How about opening a store in a mall with 30,000,000 visitors daily? What would you pay for this opportunity? Marsha shows not only how to open the store, but how and what merchandise to stock, how to manage accounting, advertising, how to get the best site (location), how to price your merchandise, and how to display your wares. I was amazed at the depth of information about what is required to take and post photos and simple explaination about the best methods of being paid.
This is a Dummie book , but only for Dummies who are smart like a fox. Sure it is written with cartoons, tips (with targets and arrows), reminders, warnings (with cutsie bombs), and ancedotes so it's fun and understandable for "the rest of us". Marsha put her years of success making a living on Ebay into this book. It is simple enough for a beginner to follow, but with tips and ideas a computer guru will appreciate.
(...) Marsha, has shown the least expensive with the greatest upside potential of any business I've seen. Start it as a hobby, build it into a business, but do it right with "Starting An Ebay Business For Dummies" This book has my very HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Digital Techniques for High-Speed Design : Design Examples, Signaling and Memory Technologies, Fiber Optics, Modeling, and Simulation to E ... y (Prentice Hall Modern Semiconductor Design)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Tom Granberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding Resource


The book is a must have for anyone interested in the latest technologies, and their implementations all wrapped up in one place. I have a lot of references on my desk, but this book is one of my favorites.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in high speed digital design.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compiler Construction: Principles and Practice
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Kenneth C. Louden
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nice book for self-paced hands-on approach


Compiler design is a fascinating, and even more, essential subject in computer science. No one getting into software design shouldn't know how compilers work. Before reading this book (which I'm currently reading in my spare time) to me, compilers were black boxes, put your source in one end, it dissapears into the machine, and it spits out an object file.
This well organised book assumes a fundamental knowledge of C data structures and discrete math. I'd have to say thought that the description of finite automation was a bit unusual, to me. I'm already fluent in regular expressions thanks to my (nearly) full bookshelf of O'reilly titles, and found the mathematical approach a bit less pragmatic than what I'm used to (Oh yeah, if you're going to get into some heavy lex scanning, get 'Mastering Regular Expressions' by O'reilly). But, by the time I was finished with the chapter on scanners, I wrote a little C preprocessor, first with a hand-written DFA, then using flex. The book doesn't discuss many of the caveats of using (f)?lex, but maybe the problems I ran into were platform specific. (my Linux/GCC/flex proggie would throw a segmentation fault if, in my main source file, I declared "extern char* yytext" rather than using (even more incorrect ,for my settings) "extern char yytext[];", I finally ended up pasting my main source file into the bottom of lex template) But that's beyond the scope of this book, I guess.
So, anyway, if you're as interested in compilers as I am, this book is a great beginning, and will serve as a solid stepping stone to more advanced texts. I'm on the lookout for an intermediate text on interpreted language design (my primary interest in the realm of compilers) now.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins (Eclipse Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Clayberg, Dan Rubel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Detailed and comprehensive


This book is the better one I have found for learning about plugin development for Eclipse. Most books present a very simple example which fails given the scope of Eclipse and the multitude of extension points. This one doesn't. It tries to address all the things that you may want to do (put an action in different places, integrating with different resource types (files,etc) and existing views (editors,etc), saving, UI, UI decoration, and on and on).

It takes a project and puts it through a complete development cycle building and adding features through the book. While I typically don't like books that take a single example and develop it throughout, this has enough meat to make it very useful. Sections that introduce different concepts/areas, will also give you extension points/view names for those areas so I can see the book as a valuable reference after the initial read.

One very cool thing with the sample project is that the authors develop JUnit tests for the UI actions and things. This shows not only how to automate testing of the UI features, but how eclipse calls your plugins. This provides additional insight that is useful not only in testing, but also in feature development. As it shows you how to load/find certain things programmatically.

If you use books as a tutorial from end-to-end, and tend to type over the examples to build mechanical memory of code, you may run into a few small snags. Chapter 7 misses listing some of the classes you are going to need (minor types, which you can figure out), and some minor disagreements in the code will create errors in the project, but these are easy to fix.

The code style is OK, but could be more concise and streamlined at times.

I would have given the book 5 stars if it wasn't because the book was developed under a pre-release of Eclipse 3.0. This made for some of the screen shots to be inconsistent, and very few of the api calls used in the examples are deprecated. This is more for Addison-Wesley than for the authors. Publishers always want to release books early, and this is hard on both writers (writing against a changing target) and the readers getting something that doesn't match the actual product.