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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Authors: Roger Penrose
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Please... Leave Godel alone!

Godel's theorem has been entirely overused!
Lets get one thing straight people: all that theorem says is that in any decently powerful formal system you are forced to decide between either have a complete but inconsistent system, or have an incomplete but consistent system!
It has no relevance to AI, so go find some other argument to bolster your bio-bigotry.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Samba-3 by Example : Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment (Bruce Perens Open Source)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: John H. Terpstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Real world scenarios - that work

John Terpstra had done a great job showing how SAMBA can be used in real world scenarios. The scenarios are representative of both the environments and customer needs that I have had to address as a consultant. More importantly, it was great to read a book from the Open Source community that was not a diatribe against Microsoft, but rather focused on how one gets Windows and UNIX/Linux working seamlessly in a heterogeneous environment.
The open and honest discussion around interoperability with Windows versus replacing Windows is quite informative. The book did not contain hyperbolic discussions around the technical or ethical benefits of Open Source. This is a book that I would recommend to friends from either the Windows world or FLOSS space (Free/Libre/Open Source Software).
Chapter 10, "Active Directory, Kerberos, and Security," was especially helpful and informative. I particularly appreciated the examples showing both the UNIX and Windows approaches to various problems. The thorough drilldown on the technical underpinnings and explanation of the historical issues gives a good perspective. This chapter helped me understand SAMBA coexistence/interoperability in Active Directory based environments. Having details on security, performance, locking, and the real world conundrums that arise made it possible to translate the books scenarios to my specific needs.
The book is easy to read and clearly details the steps required when setting up your SAMBA environment. The book includes some great references, and lots of accurate, step by step guidance. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to set up and use SAMBA.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Portals With the Java Portlet API (Expert's Voice)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jeff Linwood, David Minter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Building Portals with the Java Portlet API

This book provides an introductory level overview of the entire Portlet development process from tools installation to deployment. Some topics, like RSS, are given short shrift, but overall the topic coverage is consistent. The text is well written and easy to read, graphics and illustrations are used sparingly and to great effect.

Enough time is spent on the introduction, basic concepts and the life cycle of a portlet to create a firm basis of understanding to layer the technical concepts on. That is what you want from a book like this and it delivers. This book is definitely worth a look for anyone looking to build portlets on the Java Portlet API.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for any database designer!!

I have implemented these models in two different industries and have started to build XML schemas for several of the models. These books saved me months of design time and had a huge impact on the success of our project. If you are doing any database design you must read these books.