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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 Application Development : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jeanette Stallons
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good training guide

This is a great starting point if you are new to flash application development. It covers all the basics of what you need to know in order to start developing RIA's using Flash MX 2004.
It's *NOT* an "advanced" book by any means, and it's not a reference, but it IS a good book if you want to learn. It mirrors Jeanette's training course that she developed for Macromedia (she is a Macromedia employee).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Intro to SAS

This book is a primer - it's own title indicates it as such. A primer is what you give to people to get them familiar with something beforehand. SAS is very powerful but it is not intuitive to use - a la Excel. If you haven't used SAS before, reading over this book is a great way to get familiar with it and a nice reference to have for someone new to SAS programming. I learned how to use SAS from this book and the book covering empirical financial research. The disappointed people here are expecting a bit much from something called a 'primer' or simply don't find SAS easy to use. Neither of these shortcomings are the fault of this work. If you've never used SAS or are very new to it, this book is quite good - and that's what a Primer is for.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Look before you leap.

So many people have specific expectations especially for APIs that support a wide range of application and design. I wouldn't understand why anybody exclusively interested in JSP or code samples would buy a book meant to provide a basic understanding of servlet programming, but I guess it happens. Therefore, I would like to speak on behalf of what this book represents in terms of it's scope and intent. I haven't actully met Mr. Hunter, but I have attended his JDOM session at the XML DevCon, 2000; and, I can tell that he is quite knowledgeable in both his field and in his craft. Even the first edition of JAVA Servlet Programming was worth buying for it's basic overview of servlet implementation and a series of case studies covering common web application. If you're the type of person to invest in solid fundamentals, this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Statecharts in C/C++: Quantum Programming for Embedded Systems with CDROM
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Miro Samek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book in Embedded Software Design

This book has done a great job in consolidating many key concepts and techniques in embedded software design. Though state machines and event-driven design are not new, the author proposed a truly reusable and integrated framework which is very well designed and particularly suitable for resource constrained embedded systems.
Author's implementation of state machines is innovative and remarkable. It supports state nesting, automatic execution of entry/exit actions and default event handling by superstates. This allows you to implement UML statecharts in C++/C conveniently.
In general this book is very clearly written and comprehensive. Its reference list is also valuable, pointing to some classics in OOD and good articles in Embedded Systems Programing. This book will definitely become a classic in embedded software itself.
On the downside, I find the repeated analogy of the software model to quantum physics overwhelming. Besides the author chose to show you examples and implications before showing you the details and internal. This kind of abstraction may pose some question marks in your mind when you read the first few chapters. But do read on and you will appreciate the great ideas.