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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A rare combination: easy to read, complete, and accurate


I teach a USB class, so I've had occasion to review every book on the subject. I've chosen Jan's book for my class text because it is, by a wide margin, the best single book on the Universal Serial Bus I've seen. Jan has the unique talent of talking directly to the user in a very friendly, clear, and easy to read style, while losing absolutely nothing in scope or detail. The chapter on how to coerce Visual Basic into making the Windows API calls necessary to support the USB HID class got me over major hurdles while preparing lecture materials. Instead of the usual kitchen sink approach, Jan zeros in on exactly what you need to know to do the job and covers it completely. And her examples actually work!
If you're looking for a book that spans basic USB principles to advanced topics, all clearly explained, you can't go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A rare combination: easy to read, complete, and accurate


I teach a USB class, so I've had occasion to review every book on the subject. I've chosen Jan's book for my class text because it is, by a wide margin, the best single book on the Universal Serial Bus I've seen. Jan has the unique talent of talking directly to the user in a very friendly, clear, and easy to read style, while losing absolutely nothing in scope or detail. The chapter on how to coerce Visual Basic into making the Windows API calls necessary to support the USB HID class got me over major hurdles while preparing lecture materials. Instead of the usual kitchen sink approach, Jan zeros in on exactly what you need to know to do the job and covers it completely. And her examples actually work!
If you're looking for a book that spans basic USB principles to advanced topics, all clearly explained, you can't go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Third Edition
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy, Peter J. Ashenden, James R. Larus, Daniel J. Sorin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Positioned right between hardware and software


This has become one of the standard text books, and now that it's been updated to the third edition it is even more impressive than before. It's updated to cover the Pentium 4 and has a little bit on the AMD Opteron which is making very strong inroads in the high performance clustered supercomputer business. There's also a fair amount on the MIPS processor. (One of the authors was a cofounder of MIPS.)

This book is aimed at the intersection of the true hardware types and the low level software types. As such, it's guaranteed not to be deep enough in either area to satisfy all. But to the hardware type thinking in bits and discrete logic the programming aspects will be a good help. Likewise to the software type, learning what registers really do, and what's pipelining, will be a great help.

Chapter 9, potentially the most interesting, is on clusters. This chapter is on the CD, not in the book itself.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin McDonald, Andreas Wilmsmeier, David C. Dixon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for the ones who like things in detail


I've been working as a DBA with Robert Bosch in Brazil and for the last 5 years have been managing our Oracle_SAP installation. Since November,2002 i've been assigned the task to manage our SAP BW, enhance performance and implement new features. Therefore I've been reading lots of books on DW theory since then.Mastering SAP Business Information Warehouse is an in depth book that helps anyone get to know about SAP's products and a very detailed explanation of SAP BW.People who have to deal with SAP BW 3.o should not miss it