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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent advanced theory text

This is known as "The Wizard Book" -- and for good reason. This book is lucid, clearly explained, and has a greater density of profound ideas per page than any other textbook I have ever seen. There is no other text which clearly presents so much of the foundations of computer science. Doing it in one semester is a frantic pace -- but it's well worth spending two or even three semesters covering it well.
However, college studies aside, as a professional you will want to own this book and reread it from time to time. The stuff in it will strike sparks off the things you've been doing elsewhere and give you new ideas and perspectives -- routinely.
This is an extremely valuable book to own. I've recently gotten a new copy just because mine was getting worn out -- and it didn't wear out with light use....

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS & BIND Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A 'MUST HAVE' for new DNS Administrators

This book has turned out to be the best investment I've made so far in my 20 year IT career. I've always trusted O'Reilly books for their detailed accuracy. However, for the task at hand, I didn't need a book to explain WHY things work... I needed one to tell me how to GET them to work. This book was perfect! It doesn't replace the DNS and BIND, 4th Edition, but is a great compliment... Actually, I'm finding the 4th Edition a perfect compliment to the Cookbook.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP ProThe Missing Manual, 2nd Edition (Missing Manual)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue, Craig Zacker, L.J. Zacker
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
connecting to the Internet

The very latest from David Pogue's eponymous publishing house [and O'Reilly]. The book goes into myriad useful tips on best using Microsoft's XP Professional. A very stable operating system, unlike some earlier efforts by Microsoft. Replete with attractive consumer level utilities. The book does go into system type aids, like showing the full power of the start menu, taskbar and control panel. All to the good. But somewhat prosaic.

I suspect what is more germane to most users are things like getting onto the Internet and all that that implies. The authors go into explaining how to get the most out of Internet Explorer. And setting up your email and doing instant messaging. For many of us, browsing and email will take up much of our usage, with chat perhaps a close third. The reality is that the computer's power is often as a connection to the greater world. Which is why though these chapters are only a fraction of the book, you may want to head here first and read slowly. Understanding them may be the most productive part of the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Marty Neumeier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Killer book

A good book is one that not only provides an interesting read, but gets you off the dime to DO something. Our company is large (40,000 employees)and we had ahuge gap between business and brand. After reading this book, my team and I re-org'd our company around the "superteam" model of brand building. Now we have cross-deparmental collaboration, plus a stable of small, best of breed external firms to give us some creative horsepower. The left brain's finally connected to the right brain, to quote Neumeier's phrase. We use the book to introduce new hires to the brand concept, then follow up with training on our own brand. This is the book that got us going. I recommend it to anyone who wants to incite change in their organization.