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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Authors: Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler, Andy Hunt
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Definitive but uninspiring


This book accomplishes everything it's intended to accomplish. It thoroughly documents the language, gives you a decent idea of the spirit behind Ruby, and is a comprehensive reference for the built-in API.

That said, it isn't that great a book. The writing style is awkward. Its structure is not especially cohesive. The standard library reference in chapter 28, which gives a one-page description of each module, is unhelpful. It should either be reduced to a one-line description, or expanded into a comprehensive reference and put into a separate volume. In general, this book ought to be about a third as long as it is. The core language is not a lot larger than C, but the size of its book is ridiculous when compared to K&R.

If you're planning on doing any serious work with Ruby, then by all means buy this book. It's the best available and you won't get far without it. I just wish that weren't the case.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Useful for basics, but becoming dated


I first read this book two years ago, soon after it came out, when I was first starting my online book selling business. The book is useful in laying out the basics of the business model and the nuts and bolts of Amazon.com Marketplace selling. It goes through where to find books, how to list them for sale, how to fulfill orders, and how to manage your inventory. This is the best and most specific book available on these topics. It also goes into some basics regarding accounting and future business growth issues, but these topics are treated much more cursorily. The biggest weakness of the book, however, is that the information is becoming dated.

A number of third party services have become available since 2002 that help sellers in book scouting, inventory management, and order fulfillment (e.g., Scoutpal, Sellerengine, Aman, Mail Extractor, etc.). These have altered the way most successful sellers run their businesses. Most high volume sellers don't edit individual listings when re-pricing but instead use one of these new tools to batch edit large portions of their inventory. Most successful sellers don't guess when buying books at sales but use Scoutpal to check the price before buying. In all likelihood future innovations like these ones will continue to alter the landscape of Amazon.com Marketplace selling and online book selling generally.

So, this is indeed the best basic primer for the nuts and bolts for selling books on Amazon, but let's hope that the author considers issuing a revised edition sometime soon that takes into account new seller tools and changing practices. He would also undercut the used market for his book...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Special Edition Using FileMaker Pro 7
Publisher: Que
Authors: Steve Lane, Bob Bowers, Scott Love, Chris Moyer, Bob Bowers, Scott Love, Chris Moyer Steve Lane
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Summary...


There are several excellent reviews posted already so I will keep mine short:

If you want to know how to use FMP 7, buy the "FMP bible" or "Learn FMP in 24 hours" type of books, or just use the user manual comes with your FMP. It will be much more informative and enjoyable.

However, if you want to discover the true power of FMP7 and to learn the concepts and creative ideas of designing a efficient and powerful FMP DB, this book is definitely a "must have".

I will give it a 6-star rating if I could.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book from great authors


This book has 8 chapters for a total of 700 pages.
It is one of the best books I have read. The language is simple, authors covers complex topics in highly understandable way. The language is informal, still highly informative.
This book follow the OSI model from a top down approach, starting from the application layer. I think this is a good approach. Generally people reading this kind of books already has a general concept of how computer programs over a network works. So starting from the application layer simplify a lot the understanding of the material presented here.There is not much math involved here. All concepts are explained "verbally" as much as it can be.
The material is well organized. You'll never feel lost. All you need to know is here. Reading this book is a pleasure.
The only penalty I can assign is the price: too high for a book of this category. If I can say three adjectives to describe this book, well, I choose "complete, clear, accurate".
If you are searching a book about computer networks, this is the book for you. Buy it without doubts.