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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Virginia Andersen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must-Buy for Beginners!

I am a technical writer who is also a graphic artist and web designer. I work for a large company in their IT department. Every project I have ever worked on required usually two things: a website and a database of some kind. I taught myself the web stuff and have been doing it for about 3 years. Now I am learning the database stuff. I decided to start with Access after consulting with several hardcore database programmers who recommended it as a good starting place. One of them in particular told me to check out this book. I was not disappointed.
The author starts the book out with a really nice discussion of relational database design. This is key because no matter how well you understand Access the application, if you don't understand how to lay out the tables and establish the relationships, you will be sunk long term. The book then moves into the various functions of Access which is pretty much broken up by the objects in the database. The descriptions and instructions are clear and easy to follow. The last third of the book covers advanced topics like web-enabling your databases and using Visual Basic with it.
I think this book would be of little use to an advanced Access programmer. But beginners and possibly intermediate users will find it invaluable. After just 3 months my book is so dog eared it is sad. I wouldn't trade it for the world. If you are just getting started and are somewhat technical to begin with, I recommend this book to you most definitely.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Works for me

Planet3 wireless did a great job in their release of this book. It served more than just a study guide for the CWNA certification, it is written in a clear percise manner as to use as a reference book for setting up WLans, Site Surveys, lite Security, hardware types, and insight as to what to expect when your WLAN is established. Kudo's P3

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
one of the best books I've read on the subject. BRILLIANT!!!

This epic voyage into the world of the philosophy of AI and human intelligence is made accessible by Hofstadters absorbing style. One gets the impression that no matter how many times one read the dialogues, based around 4 / 5 characters, there would always be more to find. The layers of complexity in the dialogues makes for an amazing read, especially as layers of complexity is one of the main themes of the book. This book covers all the bases, it will set you thinking in totally new ways.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C++: The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William T. Vetterling, Brian P. Flannery
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good enough

Buy it only if you don't have the f77 version or the c version.Good as an algorithm book but probably not the most efficient programming styles. Who cares if one can program and not be too stupid to just copy scripts and ask god to take care of bugs.I think it is a good book despite it's poor review.