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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Swarm Intelligence
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Russell C. Eberhart, Yuhui Shi, James Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best reference on PSO and Collective Intelligence


This book is fantastic!It consists of two parts. In the first part, the main ideas behind Evolutionary Computation and social behavior are tangibly described. A brief review of the most known evolutionary computation algorithms is provided and social behavior modeling issues are reported to prepare the reader for the second part.
The second part is devoted to the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm and its applications. Both binary and real variants of PSO are considered and several theoretical aspects are investigated. The book closes reporting several applications and insightful conclusions.
Perhaps the best book on collective intelligence and PSO.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent approach & knowledgebase


I like the approach and knowledgebase displayed in book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
For SMARTIES, not dummies


For the complete novice. This book will introduce you to HTML in an easy to understand manner. Parts of the book seem long but you can easily read it in a few evenings.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux for Non-Geeks
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Rickford Grant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To the Point and Easy to Follow


I started out in Linux with Mandrake because everyone said it was the easiest distribution for beginners, but, although the installation was pretty easy, it was nothing but endless quirks and headaches after that. There also weren't any books out there for it, so I had to try the generic Linux books, but they are useless for a real beginner - don't even understand half of them. Anyway, I decided to give Fedora a try because there are so many books for it, and that's how I ended up trying Grant's book.
First of all, I have to say that I like Fedora. It seems to work well, the programs that come with it seem to be set up normally, and it is pretty easy to use. I also prefer its nicely set up GNOME interface to KDE.
Well, as for the book, I think it is really great. It is basically what I needed - a clear and step by step guide that matches the distribution comes with it. Though there is a little more information on customizing the desktop than I thought necessary (but then to each their own), the other points seemed well balanced: hardware setup, printers, Internet, and so on.
The middle sections of the book covered things that seem kind of geeky (despite the title) to me, though these topics (commands, compiling programs, etc) are covered in a very easy to understand way, so no harm done. The chapter on using APT was really great because I had a really hard time installing RPMs with Mandrake. And the font installation instructions were also very useful and easy to follow.
The last group of chapters are pretty much overviews of software types, and the one on Music is the most useful, which is fine as the others (graphics and office applications) don't really need much explanation, though I would have liked to see a bit more information on how to use the GIMP. Of course, this is a minor point because what is covered in the book is basically everything I wanted to know to get started - 99.2% perfect!