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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald Knuth, Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Well, it's Knuth

These volumes are considered first-class references on the subject of computing and algorithms. And they are... but these aren't really books to read. Nobody has time for that. However, for those computer scientists that really are hard up for something to read one of those rainy nights, Knuth has a personal flair and humor that spills into his algorithm summaries and exercises that is unsurpassed, at least in the field of CS handbooks. An excellent source for solutions to commonly asked questions and problems.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DSL for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: David Angell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Shoddy effort

Good for Intro & overall picture of the xDSL how-to in the Windows platform prospective-straight to the point. However, due to the on going development of the technology, some parts of the issues/infos are not longer valid...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 (VB .NET) in 24 Hours Complete Starter Kit
Publisher: Sams
Authors: James Foxall
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book!

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to learn VB .NET. James Foxall is a very talented author who writes clearly and explains in detail. The only drawback to this book is that it doesn't go as in depth and as far-reaching as I might like. For instance, he only has a few-page overview of web programming, which I think he could have omitted or put as an appendix since it contains little information to have its own hour. After seeing his webpage, www.jamesfoxall.com, I can see that Mr. Foxall is a very personable individual, and I probably would have bought the book after only browsing his website. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn VB .NET, but I would point out that you might want to get another book with more material in it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Organization and Design Second Edition : The Hardware/Software Interface
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction

If you want to understand how modern computers really work, this book is an excellent choice. The book focuses on the MIPS architecture. This is unusual, in this Intel-oriented world, but in the end, the Pentium is nothing but a RISC-computer with a complicated instruction decoder. And with the understanding you get, it will be easy to transfer your knowledge to other architectures and computers.
The book makes a fantastic job of explaining how micro-processors work, how virtual memory, cache-hierarchies, and pipelining affect your programs performance, how to optimize assembly code, how circuits combine to build the arithmetical logic units inside the CPU, and the issues involved in designing and programming for multiprocessor computers and clusters. If you are a computer programmer, or beginning hardware engineer student, this book is for you. A basic course in programming would be advantageous.