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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, Jack Falk, Hung Q. Nguyen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have book for SW developers and testers


The authors have done an excellent job to explain what quality assurance is about, and what the issues are when testing SW. I have known Cem Kaner and Hung Nguyen since the time we were working together in the SW Development group at PowerUp SW Corp.(later acquired by SoftKey Int'l). Cem was also one of the reviewers of the book I've co-authored: "SW Internationalization and Localization: An Introduction" published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN: 0-442-01498-8. Check it out at: http://www.tiziana.com/discover.html



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metroid Prime Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Doug Walsh, BradyGames
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hmmmmm


Just because it is a "statagy guide" I would give this one star, but if you are looking for cheats, this is a very good book, it does give away a bit too much though.However, This does diserve four stars, not three, so I'm going to counteract the three. now it's four.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Linux Works
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Brian Ward
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent teaching guide


This is one of the best basic books on learning Linux and is written with the power user in mind. It takes a different approach to learning Linux than most other books. Other books typically focus on a section of Linux and go over it in detail. For example, it may cover the file system from selecting an appropriate one to how to mount disks, security, directories, links, and similar information until it has presented all the information on the file system. Instead this one divides the learning task up into basic stuff you need to know, intermediate knowledge, and more advanced levels. This is actually more consistent with the knowledge expected in the real world. While I would expect even a basic administrator to understand how to mount and unmount a drive I would not necessarily expect them to know how to interpret and change an fstab configuration file. To go over the whole file system from beginning to advanced levels leaving the student unknowledgeable in other basic tasks doesn't make as much senses. I would rather hire someone who knows the basics of the system including adding users and other administration than one who knows everything about one area. So, I really like the way it teaches basic knowledge in all areas, then intermediate knowledge in all areas, then advanced.
The focus is on the user or the person who has been assigned to administer an existing Linux system. If you need to add a peripheral device, setup or change printing, mount a CD for access by Windows based machines, or pretty much anything else that an administrator of a Linux file server needs to know its covered. There are better books for other type of servers like setting up a web server, MySQL, or other items. However, if you are completely new to Linux or a fairly novice Linux user and need to be able to administer a file server type system you will enjoy this book. Designed for the person who wants to really learn about Linux from the ground up "How Linux Works" is a recommended read.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Algorithms on Strings, Trees, and Sequences: Computer Science and Computational Biology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Dan Gusfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books on string searching and matching


When you try to teach yourself a subject, you end up buying large numbers of books so that all of the little gaps are filled. Unfortunately, I didn't find this book until AFTER I spent a fortune on others. Don't be thrown by the "biology" in the title. This book clearly explains the numerous algorithms available for string searching and matching. And it does so without burying you in theory or pages full of math. By far, the best book on the subject I have found, especially if you are "into" genetics or are trying to learn about these algorithms on your own.