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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Special Edition Using Crystal Reports 10 (Special Edition Using)
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Neil FitzGerald, Ryan Marples, Naisan Geula, Bob Coates, James Edkins, Michael Voloshko
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Tedius and Boring Read


I bought this book because of its 5 star reviews. Well, all I can say is, I must have read a different book than the previous reviewers, or they must have been friends of the author, because I can't believe anyone would rate this book highly.

It is long, tedious, poorly written and shows signs of not being proof-read properly:
* Contains lots of lists and descriptions to fill up space without adding conceptual content (do we really need to see every field on a form in a list?).
* Poorly structured. All of the narrative appears at the front of a section followed by examples that don't properly illustrate the text.
* Many examples contain errors and are difficult to follow, again, because they aren't properly tied into the narrative.




Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Authors: ANDREW S. GROVE
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding contribution... An absolute must read!


A well thought out guide to identifying and understanding catastrophic changes in the corporate world and in personal life. Andrew Grove shares a lifetime of lessons and experiences in this book. He is also very candid and enables the reader to identify with his thinking. The book is well written, and worth reading twice



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Dieter K. Schroder
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference


Schroder has compiled an extensive and very nearly complete guide to modern characterization techniques that apply mostly to semiconductors and solid state devices, but also to techniques used in general materials analysis. We used this text in a graduate level course in EE and found it easy to read through and concise for use as a quick reference. Well worth the money.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book!


Robot Building for Beginners fills a vital gap between LEGO MindStorms and microcontroller-based robots. Many of the robots in other books are so complicated that they're too overwhelming to get started or too lame to bother. This book has excellent, easy-to-follow instructions with lots of photographs. +++++