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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows 2000 Core Requirements; Exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-218
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Another MS Press failure


The only thing MS Press may publish that are any good are the Resource Kits. Packed with more information than you will ever need and will more than likely forget.
This MCSA kit, on the other hand, lacks just about everything when it comes to detail and how-to. Don't be fooled by the cover. It's nothing but a chopped up version of all their other self-paced training garbage.
How other publishers can stuff their books with tons of USEFUL information and Microsoft can't is beyond me.
If you want to "build the skills" to do anything, look somewhere else.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Enough whining, these are good books!


This is silly. Some folks think that the Reference manual stinks and the User Guide is their silver bullet. Others feel exactly the opposite.
The fact is that these books are pretty good. Each book has it's place. I have all three, and all are useful depending on the situation. All have errors and yes the writing can be dry. Get over it. They are still good -- not perfect, but the best i've seen yet.
I think you complainers are looking for the proverbial silver bullet and upset at not finding it, propose to judge on what you don't understand. These aren't they; instead these three books are three lead slugs that complement the rest of my tool-ordinance for some significant firepower.
Ted Rallis



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great way to get a handle of managing web projects


This is a great book to learn a number of great ways to tackle the extensive task of creating or recreating a site.
The authors have gone out of their way to ensure that the industry jarrgon has stayed out of the description to allow non technical individuals to develop an understanding.
I picked up a number of good tips and suggestions to help me and I think that every individual that is involved in the development of sites should read into all the steps and considerations to better assist the flow.
Great job!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald Knuth, Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Algorithm Books in Computer Science


These three books are amazing. A deep, definitive coverage of the theoretical basis of computer science. In fact, to the extent that computer science is a science, you should refer to these books, if you are ever in doubt. As a measure of how well regarded these are, Knuth mentions in his home page that American Scientist magazine ranked this amongst the top 12 scientific monographs of the twentieth century, alongside books by Einstein, Dirac, Pauling and Feynman.
Much of computer programming and usage today builds upon the algorithms described in the books. What does it mean to have a "good" random number generator? What are quantitative tests for randomness? How can you efficiently sort a list? How do you find the greatest common factor of two (large) positive integers?
It is true that the typical computer programmer does not know most of the material in the books. This is because she usually can access subroutines that come with the language or are in standard libraries that implement the core algorithms. For example, in Java, there is a routine called Collections.sort(), which you call with the name of a list in the brackets, and the routine will sort it.
But within the field of computer programming, sometimes you may be called upon to implement those core algorithms. So what do you do? Turn here for help.
The books are also graced with a vital attribute. Each section of a chapter has a set of questions. Typically these are tough; they can keep you busy indeed. Plus, Knuth supplies the answers. The combination is a great learning experience. So often have I wondered at textbooks that don't supply questions. Students need hands on experience.