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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is a MUST for absolute beginners. It contains more code examples than any of the other ten C# books combined (I own the O'Reilly and Wrox books also). Furthermore, the Visual Studio IDE bonus chapter (on the CD in pdf format) is worth the price of the book itself. The principle strengths of this book are the disciplined coding techniques modeled by the author, the excellent inline documentation techniques modeled by the author and how this book is strictly focused on C# basics (not ASP.NET, Web Services, ADO.NET, etc.). Get this book if you want to learn C# well in a very short time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
At last decent documentation of Windows NT without the GUI.

Shell use and scripting in Windows NT, i.e. accessing the system without GUI interface has been a blind spot for both Microsoft & the regular 3rd party comentators. Yet it is vital for system administrators and power users. While it is so well documented for UNIX & DOS; when it comes to Windows NT information about it is both sparse and widely disperesed across sysytem documentation, Resource Kits & the Microsoft Knowledge base. Tim Hill has done a great job in bringing it all together in one concise, yet complete volume. A must for Windows NT system administrators.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical C Programming, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Oualline
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quite a useful book, for any programmer!

I judged this book not so much on how it taught C, but rather, how it taught to write programs. In that respect, it was supreme. I am more of a perl programmer, but the tips here on professional "effective" programming were quite useful for any language I know.
As a book on C, it is also quite good. There might be better books out there, but I am happy to say that I am much more comfortable with C than I was before. The only complaint is that the problems in each chapter (quite useful for practice) didn't have answers in the back (such as O'Reilly's Learning Perl). Anyhow, worth the time and money in my humble opinion. Thanks Steve!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Neural Network Recipes in C++
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Masters
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Complete C++ Source Code for Many Common Neural Network Algo

This book is exactly what is described by its title. It presents a cookbook of neural network recipes for the C++ programmer. I have used this book often, as I have developed a number of C++ and Java based Neural Network applications. The books is readable(at least as far as AI books go), it does not read like a mathematics text book, as many other AI books do.
The chapters are logically broken into the major neural network tasks: classification (identifying something), autoassociation (identifying a pattern by returning the same pattern), Time-Series Prediction (this is commonly applied to predicting the stock market, etc), Function Approximation.
As the author introduces these topics, various network architectures are discussed, such as feed-forward, multi-layer, backpropagation, and probalistic networks. Network optimization methods such as eluding local minima are tackled through the use of genetic algorism and simulated annealing.