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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3D Studio MAX: Tutorials from the Masters
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Michele Bousquet
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I would hardly call these people masters


This is the book for anyone using 3D Studio MAX for the first time. After completing the first 3 chapters I was able to begin reading (with understanding) the more comprehensive manuals for experienced MAX users. GREAT MANUAL, THANK YOU Michele and company.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beginning assembly language, with a future


This book is for the person who wants to know how computers and operating systems work. If you already know the answer to these questions, it's not the book for you.
It covers a lot of ground, much of it ancient history. It still relies on old 8086 assembly coding, and who even has access to a working 8086 any more? Unfortunately, 16 bit 'mode' is the state of assembly language instruction circa 2002. Making a sophisticated 2 gigahertz Pentium 4 act like a 16-bit 8086 is still the way we teach beginners assembly language. It is the common denominator.
I can remember the 70s, when 'assembly' was cool and popular. If you wanted to know how computers work, if you really wanted to get you hands down into the guts of the machine and be master of that virtual universe, there was nothing like assembly.
It is still cool, but hardly popular. The popularity faded during the 80s and almost vanished in the 90s. Assembly language became very esoteric, the domain of a priviledged few. Many of them doing odd things like building defense department weapons where size restraints still made assembly critical and money for a slow programming process was plentiful.
According to Dunteman, Linux is changing that all. Linux is a clean slate, a beath of fresh air for programmers. With Linux, the average Joe can get the same thrills that were available in the 70s. You can get into the guts of your home machine and make it do amazing things.
I think Duntemann might be right, but this is just a start. Dunteman doesn't get to Lunix until the last quarter of the book. Why not start with Linux?



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Neural Networks
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Laurene V. Fausett
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book


This is a great book on the topic. The author approaches the subject from a practial point of view. There are good examples on how to use NN with real world problems (i.e.: using perceptrons for character recognition). A good reference to have. However I would not recommend trying to code the algorithms yourself, but rather use a NN package .



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J.D. Edwards OneWorld: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Miller, Allen Jacot, John Stern
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good book, not latest Xe version, not complete


Better and thinner than JDE official manuals, well balanced between concept and details. Give good big pictures on architecture and some useful step by step technical procedures on administration, maybe not enough on troubleshooting. OneWorld Xe version have a lot of improvement, this book will be excellent if keeping update with Xe version.