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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The title says it all


If you're looking for an intro to programming (especially C/C++ or Java), this is a good place to start. The writing is clear, the code is well commented, and the tone is far less patronizing than those "moron" books. Not required reading, but suggested.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Transaction Processing : Concepts and Techniques (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jim Gray, Andreas Reuter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a must not only for the database implementation study


If you read the book you have a clear understanding about the functionality and interactivity of the world's largest distributed database and transaction systems on different levels of abstraction. So the demands of the hardware architecture and the concepts of the software design from operationg system to application level are omnipresent illustrated and result in a feeling the reader will sense as a whole model of understanding.
I recommend the book to everyone who makes decisions about serious computer questions in databases and in general operation systems. It gives also a profound example for good software engineering. By the way it demonstrates how to write a reliable (!) OS, how to propagate the certainty of having a process or not from the clock dependent processor tic(k) level to the front end ATM human computer interface.
I hope there will be a next edition with updated values about the actual hardware specifications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A bit of overkill


This book complements the PMBOK and is good reference for passing the PMP Exam. The practice questions at the end of each topic definitely reinforce the understanding.
This book can certainly do with some improvements. I am not too thrilled with the way the material has been laid out on this book. A thorough proof reading will definitely make it better. I do not know how the 4th edition has shaped up.
Overall, this book is good and it helped me clear the exam with a high percentage.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Your Site Will Improve After Reading This Book


Are you responsible for your site's "ease-of-use?" Yes - then you must get this book! Unless you already paid thousands of dollars (and I mean thousands!!!) to the author to consult you and your team on improving your site's perfomance. If so, well you already got everything that's in this book. And I bet your site is so easy and intuitive to use. That is provided you implemented the advice.
You'll laugh, smirk and "aha" your way through this book. The author uses humour throughout the book. Unlike most other web site improvement books, Krug wrote his book with just a few examples - but every one hits a home run and can be implemented. His expertise is based on years of tested trial and error and for the most part common sense. But, it's the kind of common sense that you need someone else to point out.
We've implemented many of teh suggestions Krug details in the book. We've seen increases in site usage and positive feedback from site users. I feel that his principles go beyond site design though...the underlying principle of making it easy for people to interact with your site is applicable to any dialogue between a person and any product, service, or person.
In short, you're bound to read this book cover to cover and then rave about it. And, implement some of teh pratcical and "aha" improvements to your site...to make sure that your site visitors don't have to think.