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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very useful book, marred by some incompleteness

The book is very good. It has a lot of useful information on the LINUX programming environment.
The discussion of make though is oriented towards UNIX generic make, not GNU make. GNU make has more powerful rules that the book does not discuss.
In general, given the choice, the book concentrates on common subsets that will be valid on all UNIXen and with most UNIX tools rather than the specifics of LINUX.
On the other hand this is a great book which fills a keenly needed niche.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have book for webmasters.

Every webmaster should have a shelf groaning under the weight of O'Reilly books if they actually want their websites to work.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C++: The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William T. Vetterling, Brian P. Flannery
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
code in CD is not well written with a massive class for the

The book is not much more useful than previous editions for Fortran and C in 1986 edition. The C++ code is written under a common class defination "nr.h" for the whole book, which is a very bad idea. The "nr.h" is massive, hard to examine any attributes, hard to be portable and visualize the code for each method. It is very bad idea!! It appears that the authors are trying to tie-up user to buy book and CD all together. The authors did not think for people to use it conveniently. It is not worth to buy the book and the CD. The code is not useful and you have to re-write them.
If the Authors write the C++ code in such a manner that each method is self-contained, portable, easy to understand and use, it would be a different book and useful.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Wolfram Media
Authors: Stephen Wolfram
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference book

If you need to use Mathematica for anything get this book for sure. It is simply excellent. It has everything that you would possibly need in order to operate in Mathematica. However, if you have an original version of Mathematica you would have this book with it, but regardless it is perfect and it is a must for everyone dealing with Mathematica. The best thing about the book is that not just that it has all the functions that Mathematica can operate, but also it has examples for every function, which makes is just perfect. In the middle of the book that are some graphical representations that you can do in Mathematica. Certainly buy it if you wish to be succesful in Mathematica.