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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GEB, garbage, pseudo-science??


"Gödel's theorem concerns a problem in "formal logic" and has nothing to do with human-cogno-something." says a reviewer, and concludes that H's treatment of G's theorem is "complete garbage"?!
Firstly, I have a problem with people who use insulting labels.
Secondly, it's even worse when they motivate this not with actual arguments, but by stating their (perceived) scientific status INSTEAD ("I am convinced anyone with a degree of mathematics will agree with me.") Truth be said, you can get a degree in math without even coming close to G's incompleteness theorem. Not only do I not agree with the reviewer, but I happen to think H's presentation is the best out there.
Thirdly, G's theorem is indeed one of formal logic. But to say that it has "nothing to do with human-cogno-something" is to beg the question against the very book you're reviewing. One of the main points of GEB is to explain how G's theorem could be relevant to cognitive science. The reviewer effectively disregards all the arguments presented in the book, and simply STATES that there is no connection :)
Finally, about the "alchemy and pseudo-science" part: GEB is not a science book (and is not presented as one). True, the author has a very distinguished scientific career, but GEB is a book written to popularize science, not to present new results to peers. Of course some ideas are far-fetched, poetic, speculative - that's exactly what I would expect from a book with the title of "GEB" :)

In conclusion, this type of review is pretty useless - I like critical, even negative reviews, but let them have some meat, not only poor style and truncated understanding :)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book you need


I am so grateful that I bought this book, it really worth every penny I spent.
Anyone who has A+ equivalent knowledge and supplement this book with practice test will pass the Network + exam if not blame it on your self. All I did was truly read this book and understood exactly what it meant and when I test myself on practice exam I was already scoring high. I pass my exam with scoring over 800 thanks to this book.




Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eclipse
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Holzner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Book Review: Eclipse


I'm the type of guy who, until I read this book, used a text editor and the command line for all of my coding. I had never gotten to really know an IDE because of the documentation. Either the examples were too simple to hold my attention, or I gave up after not understanding what was going on. However, Steve Holzner's "Eclipse" was right on the money. The book flowed very well. Its pace seemed to be tailored to me.

The book begins with the essentials of Eclipse. I really liked how the author explained what each component was before I actually ran the program and was bombarded with windows. Next the reader is taken on a guided journey though creating an Eclipse project. The goal was to make the classic "Hello, World!" program using Eclipse. Wonderful features were introduced in a logical, well thought out order that made writing the "Hello, World!" program seem exciting. The book also shows how to deal with typos and mistakes. The essential skills that followed are very useful in the day to day use of Eclipse.

The debugging chapter was nice too. The reader is given a short program with a subtle bug in it. The reader is guided though the debugging process. There are many screen shots and code listings that make this chapter especially easy to follow along with. I found the chapter on web development interesting too. It went through all of the steps required to code, test, debug and deploy java servlets and java beans. It was very indepth and included some good example code as well.

This review isn't all praise, there was one part of the book that I thought it could do without. I think that it could do without some of the sections on graphical user interfaces. The GUI programming chapter had some useful information about a plug-in for Eclipse that allows for visual GUI design, but it is preceded by 10 pages about using the AWT and swing. The book should be more about using Eclipse and less about using Java. The book also devotes a lot of paper to using the SWT.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style of the author was superb. I was never bored or lost while I was reading it. It definitely gave me the skills to effectively use Eclipse. The book also goes into areas of java that someone who has taken only one or two courses in Java would enjoy learning about such as debugging, GUI design, and web applications. I would recommend this book to anyone with at least 6 months of java experience.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Learn the JavaScript you'll most likely need...


This book is not a complete reference (O'Reilly's 'Definitive Guide' probably comes closest to that definition), but it is a superior way to learn the most useful JavaScript techniques (form verification, images, frames, cookies -- and debugging) quickly. The use of illustrations in these 'Visual QuickStart' guides can't be beat, and every line of code is explained thoroughly. If you need to learn advanced JavaScript -- or Dynamic HTML -- you'll need to look elsewhere. But you can't go wrong by starting your JavaScript training with this book.