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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data and Computer Communications, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
well organized, right amount of depth


Stallings went a bit into signal theory and some people don't like it. There is no book that can satisfy everyone, or answer everyone's every question. To me, it is a good technical book as long as (1) it justifies its price by having a reasonable amount of content, cohesive with the title and editorial reviews. (2) It has a good balance between rigor and ease of reading. In my opinion, this book satisfies both of the above, and it happens that I like the fact that it goes into signal theory. It is a good textbook for student who wants a short cut to communication fields without too much pure classroom math or EE stuffs, although practising engineers may not even need that limited amount of math.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ian F. Darwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Code To Go


If I'd had this book two years ago, I would have saved myself weeks of work. As a software developer of some twenty years, I find that the ever-present problem of `looking things up' is the major factor that impedes progress. I've spent hours trying to track down `how-to' solutions only to find in the end all that's required is a few elusive lines of code. Well, the Java Cookbook is filled with such code along with insightful explanations.
I'm impressed by how comprehensive the coverage is: 26 chapters covering such things as file i/o, Swing, RMI, applets, Java Servlets, JSP, e-mail, JDBC, XML, multi-threading... At 48 pages, the index is HUGE, just what you need to look things up!
The author assumes you know Java but not as well as you ought to! He explains all those things that I really should know but I never get around to figuring out properly: the correct handling of dates/times, internationalization, floating point numbers, etc. Thankfully, the book is concise and easy to read so you can quickly plug a bunch of gaps in your knowledge by browsing over chapters.
This book will quickly pay for itself. Enjoy.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Daniel Jurafsky, James H. Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I looked for


something which I can use - I am a linguist - and found it immensly readable and useful



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best computer book I've ever read!


This is the only review I've ever done. I had to because I'd like every beginning photoshop user to know that Scott Kelby's book is without reservation the best book you will find about using Photoshop. It is clear, written in plain english, has specific instructions with excellent pictures to show you what to do, and is organized intuitively. If you want a book that will show you "how to do" something, and give you an overview of what Photoshop is capable of, this is the very best book you can buy. Thank you, Scott!