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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!

Outstanding book. Contains clear explainations, great examples, and is very easy to come up to speed on ASP.NET development from ASP. Unlike other books, no need to read front to back. This book is organized so that you can read the section/chapter for the material you are interested in and then start applying the concepts immediatley. There is no CD-ROM in the book (as mentioned in serveral chapters.) However, the authors's web site does have the complete code in .zip format. I purchased the book for the great example on how to render GDI+ in a web page.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books on Unix Programming

Just started into this book and it immediately has me comfortable in the Unix environment. I run FreeBSD and this book works quite nicely with it. One thing to remember is to have a programmer's manual handy for your version. Great book for anyone with absolutely no Unix experience.

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
very very well written. Excellent !!

i have read many books on java that take you from the beginning into the advanced. You wont find a better book than this one. It explains EVERYTHING you wonder about.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
words and graphs to go from 2 to higher dimensions

This is the second book in Ed Tufte's trilogy on graphical displays. It is a sequel to "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information". In this book Tufte shows how color, multiple pictures from different perspectives, graphs, charts and even newspaper text can be used to convey on a flat piece of paper information for high-dimesional data. Most important is the ability of two-dimensional pictures to display the information of the three dimensional world that the human mind can comprehend through sight. This is the reason for the title to the first chapter "Escaping Flatland".
However, as interesting as the pictures are themselves it is necessary to read the text and look back and forth between pictures to fully appreciate the points of the text. As with his earlier work, Tufte demonstrates the principles of good graphics through effective demonstartaion of ideas conveyed by good and bad examples. The difference is a broader coverage of techniques and greater emphasis on the good examples.
This book is a nice lead in for the third book, "Visual Explanations", which deals with examples where Tufte believes the graphical displays actually lead to good inferences about a problem under study.