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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great introduction to C# !!!

I enjoyed this book and the writing style of the author. This book was my first exposure to C# and made me confortable enough in deciding to proceed with a plan to base a major development project around this language and other aspects of Microsoft.net over the next year.
There are plenty of great examples to test and try. Much of the material is discussed in detail.
I hope the author has a chance to update this book once the Visual C# moves from beta to a shipping product. And hopefully a few chapters (or entire section) might possibly be devoted to using Visual C# with WinForms.
Thanks! ---> Kelsey McClanahan

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good for begginer and intermediate level

At the beginning of the book you will find a nice intro of GA, some comparison with other techniques, a mathematical foundation and some fields of application. Then you get into the real stuff. Coding(in Pascal) of the basic structures of GA and some more sophisticated, like: scaling fitness, inversion, diploid cells etc... there's also a step-by-step simulation to make you comprehend how the GA really works.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Medical Informatics : Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (Health Informatics)
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Lawrence M. Fagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent overview

This second edition of Shortliffe's textbook is an excellent overview of the field. Although I used it as a course text, it is extremely readable. The chapters are not overly technical, as befits an introductory text, but by no means is this a "Dummmies" book either.
There are now a variety of introductory/overview books on medical informatics. However, of the ones I've read (including van Bemmel's Handbook of Medical Informatics and Coiera's Guide to Medical Informatics), this book is by far the best.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Sort Of Complete

The 'complete' reference leaves out some minor details like how to access databases, what associations to apply to them, how to use the software (even a minor indication would be nice - I know how to click .exe). And there's the little detail of not being supplied passwords to USE the software, and of course no web sight faq source or any way to contact the authors) If you're starting out this complete reference isn't quite complete enough