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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.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not as great as the rest say it is

If you would like to sell used books online at Amazon, Half.com or eBay, either as a casual endeavor or as your new home-based business, this is a great book. It is not only rich in information and ideas, but it has a very captivating writing style. Very easy to follow reading, interesting, clear, practical, honest, and realistic. Six Gold Stars!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book

I found this book very useful for learning Java (I am using it while I also read "Thinking in Java"). I am a beginning programmer, knowing a little html and vbscript so I don't have a background of C++ or C under my belt. This book takes you step by step and explains concepts that you build on to understand object oriented programming, classes, methods and so on. If you know C++, you won't have a problem at all. The examples are perfect if you are patient enough to type them in. I didn't find the downloadable .lst code very helpful, but the examples are correct in this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything is perfect in this book, including paper quality.

We offered this book to friends who share with us the artistic beauty of scientific drawing. Like for software programming, we believe in aesthetics beauty in scientific work. This book demonstrates it with simplicity and efficiency.