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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Bad Strategy Guide

This book would be a waste of your money to purchase. Throughout the book, there are a few small tidbits of information and following everything it says, "If you want more information, go to our website and enter code ..." In essence, the strategy guide is a link to get people to go to their website playonline.com. This book was a big disappointment to Brady strategy guides.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good that I loaned this book from library!

I had heard about the earlier version(s) of this book as 'a definitive text' on Software Engineering. Never got a chance to read those versions. I can only hope that the earlier versions were somewhat better than this.

1. The text is verbose, difficult to read, doesn't help the reader to connect with the thought process of the author. Given the nature of the subject, dry and rather difficult, it is the responsibility of the author to make it easy to read, especially when the author is a respected member of the software engineering community. The author has failed to shoulder the responsibility.

2. Many a times the text is outdated. As an example, the whole chapter on Quality Management gives references to text published in 1981 and 1986. The author then claims, "Although these data are well over 20 years old, they remain applicable in a modern context" ... So absurd !!! Does the author mean that the Software Engineering discipline has failed to such an extent that the software industry (in general) is as bad as it was 20 years ago.

3. The organization of the book is pretty bad. There are too many quotes, WebRefs, KeyPoints. Some of the quotes are good, but many a times out of context. And when I think of it, one can publish "Quote of the day" kind of a column for more than a year using this book! (not a bad reason to buy a book ... unintented consequences ... it's like a defect in the software which is declared as a feature)

4. And finally, there is neither anything new nor anything original in this book.

The best advice I could find in this book was more applicable to the author than anybody else. And the advice is in the form of a quote at the end of the section 26.1.4. "It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong - H.W.Longfellow"

Dear Author, the readers deserve an explanation!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A principal book for subject field overview

This book was essencial for me to dig deeper into data mining techniqes and methonds. It is a good guidance book for beginners and also for advanced practictioners and researchers. It covers systematically all major themes on data mining and provides additional references for briefly covered topics. My subject area is web mining. I found this book as an overview book. I could get a wide view of the field. I got good hints for my specific field. It is very strictly written book not preferring this or other products as several comercial books of today do. The book is very up to date. I would say it is a current bible of data mining science, though there could be some similar or even better books on the subject in last month but maybe I'm not up to date.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins (Eclipse Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Clayberg, Dan Rubel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Before you start developing your plug-in -- read this

I bought this book and it has been a tremendous help for me in developing an Eclipse plug-in at my work. I am new to Eclipse much less developing plug-ins for it; but this book goes step by step with plenty of examples. I like how the authors shared various tips and techniques to help you save time. The book is nicely details on all aspect of Eclipse workbench, wizards, views, and perspectives. It has everything that I need to get started on developing plug-ins. I wish I had this book before I started researching about this topic on my own with the Eclipse help files. Use this book as a references or your guide - just use it. It saved me at least two weeks of trying to research it on my own. The other part that I like about this book, is that, it dives directly into the topic with necessary details and examples; rather than sugar coat it with boring information that will make you get another cup of coffee before you start coding. You can litterally pick up this book and start coding your plug-ins.

Also, the author developed some useful tools to help you with your plugins, such as, the "SWT Spy" and "Part Info View" tools. I wouldn't even know where I can get these type of information without these tools.