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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Integrated Circuits (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan, Borivoje Nikolic
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book for VLSI design

I am a student who has taken VLSI design course. Even we used another text book, I do feel Dr. Rabaey's book is the best within digital design area. It is very easy to understand and the system is so clear. This book can be used both for education or industry purposes,especially for the beginners.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 16/e
Publisher: Que
Authors: Scott Mueller
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Perfect geek companion, unless you're entirely uninitiated.

Having been suggested to me by a highly respected peer, I was very excited to get this tome (as Mueller refers to it, himself). I haven't finished reading it yet, but the book contains more than enough info on every subject important to building and repairing PCs, unless you wish to become a computer enigneer. If that's the case, I'd recommend this as a good starting point.

Every concievable aspect of PC hardware is covered, from processors, to motherboards, to memory, to storage, to power supplies and cases, keyboards/mice, etc. Everything. It's all explained from the most technical workings of individual aspects of how hardware functions, to how all the various pieces of hardware fit together to form a working system. The level of detail to which Mueller goes is sometimes overwhelming and the organizational method has yet to be fully experienced (both in-chapter and overall), but that's the price you pay when you want to know _everything_ about building and repairing a PC.

Don't buy this book if you're just getting started. It's just too overwhelming. If you're have at least a faint idea of how to build your own computer, then buy it. I can already tell it's indispensible. When you buy it, read it cover to cover twice, and you'll never be in the dark when it comes to PC hardware again.

I'll come back and update my review when I've gotten farther in the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just terrific!

I had bought this book several months ago, but put it down in favor of other "quick and dirty" books on setting up Relational Databases. As a consequence, I am having to rebuild from scratch because I never fully understood the theory behind it. Now I'm paying for it.
I am finding "Database Design For Mere Mortals" to be an excellent instruction book, taking me from beginning to end, step by step. I'm only on page 105, but already I've learned more about RDBMS theory than I'd gotten in the previous year of working with them. MJH is truly a guru.
I have only one misgiving about the book, however: it is a little dry. But perhaps that is *my* flaw: I expected database design to be fast, simple, glossy, and effortless. This book proves otherwise. Database design is serious and requires a lot of forethought. So the book is necessarily ponderous, showing you the right way to do things.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pound-for-Pound one of the Best Java Book ...

Thinking in Java is definitely one of the Best, if not the Best Java Book for Beginners and Intermediates. If you are coming from a C/C++ backgorund, then this book is definitely for you...If you have no programming experience, this book is also for you...You can start with the Intro CD provided and then continue to the Book...This book help me to pass the SUN CERTIFIED PROGRAMMER FOR JAVA 2 PLATFORM...It is just great...The book help you to understand how Java really works...