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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for beginers

For anyone who is just learning Linux this book is an excellent source of information and means of organizing, what on the outside may seem very ambigious.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Good - MBA Students This Is a Must Own

This is a very good book in showing the reader how to utilize and manipulate Excel for financial problem solving and modeling applications. If you are looking for a book that will show you how to build a leverage buy-out or m&a model from scratch, your expectations are way too high. What this book shows you is how to build those types of models by showing you how to model and use various Excel functions to build the various subsections of those types of complicated models and link them all together. I highly recommend this book to MBA students who are career changers and are looking to enter corporate finance or consulting careers where quantative Excel usage is part of the job. This book shows you how to get the most out of Excel, which is a very user friendly software package. The book comes with a CD-ROM which has examples as utilized in the book and homework problems which are good and can be somewhat hard which forces you to learn Excel for financial applications. If you are a quick learner and highly motivated, you will get a lot out of this book. Nothing is to be feared. It is all to be mastered. By buying this book and working out the Excel problems and exercises on my own, my confidence level with Excel and my own modeling skills has shot up. Given what I have learned from this book, i consider the price to be a bargain. This is very much a learning by doing book. You will get a lot out of it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worth the $

Andre is an excellent programmer, mathmetician and teacher. This book contains clear explainations -- Windows, drawing, input, physics, etc -- and MANY USEFUL EXAMPLES. However, there are some downfalls, and I can't quite give it 5 stars: 1. He creates a VGA pointer and draws images manually, as in the days of DOS. Why do this when there is IDirectDrawSurface :: Blt? Why even use DirectDraw if you don't take advantage of it. Later in the chapter, though, there is a small section that describes Blt. 2. No coverage of Direct3D or DirectPlay. 3. Way too much information on DirectMusic and 3D sound, which a game can do without. Who cares? DirectSound is all you need to load .wavs and play them as sound effects and music (multi-sound).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great C Programming book

This is the best C programming book out there. It gives you the facts, and has them all without a 1000 page book. Also, Kernigan and Ritchie are the creators of the C programming language.