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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploring 3D Modeling with Maya 6
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Patricia Beckmann, Scott Wells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book

I have never written a review - but I had to when I read the one preceeding this. I am a student at SCAD, and we gave input on this book (being students, I think that was smart). We wanted the 'don't go theres', because books often don't tell you common mistakes that happen when you try a new procedure. The don't go theres in this book help you through the common mistakes and how to get out of them, something other books don't do. I like it, and it really helped when I went through the exercises.

This book is also great in that it covers new territory. Some teachers just recycle the Maya tutorials on the Alias website. This book covers some great shortcuts.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book, not what I expected but still great

First off, let me say you must understand the fundamentals of your language of choice and you must understand the .net framework. This book does not teach you any of those things. This book I think could be expanded further like explaining exactly what does AutoEventWireUp do exactly, or expand on the customs server controls, etc and actually be made into a core reference because the information inside is that valuable. The only real drawback to the book is a lot of VB. C# is really a fast growing language. I myself changed from VB to C# but since I have a lot of VB experience so reading the VB Samples was not that difficult. I would have preferred to see them in C# though. I also didn't care for the Visual Studio walkthrough and explanations like what these windows are were useless to me, but creating web projects were not. Like I said you must know your language and you must know the .net framework before getting into this book. By the time you do learn all that you already know your way around VS. This book will be a desk reference for a very long time though because of all the configurations setting and uses of just ASP Specific things that none of the other .net books cover.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Statistical Pattern Recognition, 2nd Edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Andrew R. Webb
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is good guidance.

I recently started study about Pattern Recognition. This book is so well organized.
- Introduction to statistical pattern recognition
- Basic approaches to supervised classification via Bayes' rule and estimation of the class-conditional densities.
- Discriminant function approach to supervised classification.
- Techniques of exploratory data analysis.
- Additional topics on pattern recognition including performance assessment.
Especially, this book contains URL which concerned with topics. It is very useful!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the one to get

As an user of the UNIX systems(I am a DBA). I found this book extremely valuable. It's easy to read and helped me a lot by putting pieces togather. I recommend this book for anyone who knows UNIX in general but what to get into the system administration side of it.