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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Web Services
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alex Ferrara, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
one of the best titles for web services developers


This text addresses just about every challenge a web-services developer may face. Whether it involves calling a set of services asynchronously (and somehow keeping the client(s) updated of its progress) - or whether it is monitoring, profiling and logging your web-services - this text contains well explained examples of doing a lot of useful stuff.It has saved me a lot of time - and I found it well worth the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Quicken 2005 The Official Guide (Quicken: The Official Guide)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Maria Langer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference


This book is a must have whether you are new to Quicken or already a Quicken owner. The extra tips and new sidebars are worth reading. Quicken has so many features, you need a guide to truly get the most out of your software. Whould you know that Quicken Dexlue and Premiere come with a Household organizer and Emergency forms without the book? You don't have to read cover to cover, you can reference the sections covering the differing financial centers. I bought last year's edition and when upgrading for 2005, this was a must read. If you have Quicken or are considering purchasing, this book should be read. Maria covers all features in an easy to read format, and the screen shots are very helpful. The Dummies editions for Quicken can't compare.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: On Intelligence
Publisher: Times Books
Authors: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Engaging and informative


This is a light and engaging read on the structure and function of the brain for lamen. The first few chapters debunk historical artificial intelligence efforts. The author then continues on to propose his theory on the function of the neocortex. Which is a hierarchal mesh of pattern recognizing nodes that propagate both forward and backward to predict the world and to react to changing responses.

I enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a struggle in the first few chapters, but after he got into developing his own theories it turned into a page flipper that was hard to put down.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
i wish all tech books were this good


I can't say enough good things about this book.
Regular expressions are such a powerful concept, but some of that power would be easy to miss if not guided correctly through the topic. Jeffrey Freidl does a great job of making a potentially very dry subject interesting, even while getting very involved in all the complexities that are inherent in such a powerful abstraction. He also does a good job of presenting both the general topic of regular expressions and the specific characteristics of the various tools available to process them.
This is a book that you will come back to many times. I actually read it as a precursor to learning Perl several years ago. Then just recently I revisited it while taking a class on compiler construction and found that it still had useful insights for me. If you're a committed programmer, this book should be on your shelf.
Also, the criticisms I've read in reviews here are pretty misguided. It is "chatty", because the author has a genuine enthusiasm for his subject. It is also not a "teach yourself regular expressions in 24 hours" kind of book. There are actually lots of cookbook style examples, but the main point of the book is to give you a solid enough understanding of the general topic that you don't need examples to craft your regexes. In this case, little patience as a reader will be much rewarded.