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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Combinatorial Optimization : Algorithms and Complexity
Publisher: Dover Publications
Authors: Christos H. Papadimitriou, Kenneth Steiglitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It worths exponentially much more than its price

One could buy this book for different reasons: interests in combinatorial optimization, of course; interests in what Papadimitriou has to say, since his thoughts on this subject are definitely invaluable; perhaps the price is a good reason alone.Whatever the reason, however, I think that would be a rare event to remain duped.
I was preparing my exam in Computability and Complexity when I first used it. I've been wonderfully surprised by the amount of definitions, algorithms, concepts I've found in this book. I think one could use this book for a simple course on Algorithms, on Computability and/or Complexity, on the whole Combinatorial Optimization, and the book would be always and costantly useful.
The chapters on algorithms and complexity, or those on NP completeness have proved to be gems. The chapters on Approximation and Local Search are great, and they feature a bunch of detailed and excellent quality stuff (e.g. there is a detailed treatment of Christofides' algorithm to approximate the TSP, that is quite an idiosyncratic topic).
All in all, a very great book, with a value exponentially greater than the very insignificant price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Service-Oriented Architecture : A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Thomas Erl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Very appropriate book for those involved with SOA projects. The last part of the book that discusses SOA modeling is especially relevant to current industry trends. Good writing and informative suggestions on how to optimize designs involving XML/Web Services/WS-* support the overall gist of the book, which is an organization's eventual migration to SOA. Better than any other book I've read on the subject.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Daniel Jurafsky, James H. Martin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Starting Point

This book covers a wide range of speech and liguistics related material and does a very good job in guiding the reader to up to date specialized research in each field.
Obviously, given the enormously ambitious scope, a single book cannot cover any of its areas in depth, but it serves as an ideal starting point for further exploration.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Big help in passing the OCP Tests for people w/ limited time

I bought the book a couple of months ago. I really like it because it gives the necessary material and very good tips for the OCP tests.
CD-ROM based tests are useful in testing our knowledge of the material. The authors' style is very lucid and engaging.
What I really liked the most in the book are the way triggers (Database and Forms) and Packages are covered!
For the SQL Test it is a good idea to brush up the topics using Kevin Loney's Complete Reference book and for the PL/SQL Test use the O'Reilly book by Feuerstein to supplement the material in this book--Belt and Suspenders approach!
I believe that my money was well spent on this book.