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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Neural Networks
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Laurene V. Fausett
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very good. Atleast not for beginners

This book requires the reader to know lots of stuff in math like partial diff equations etc. Maybe good for mathematicians and comp scientists but certainly not for beginners.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book-easy to read - but fire the editor.

Que is great for computer books - this book has great pictures and explainations but it looks like the editors were too quick in thier editing and just wanted to get it out - what do I mean? I just got the book and turned to the section on DVD - wanted to understand it better - I found a careless error - it says that DVD holds up to 8.5MB - now I know they ment GB and not MB - but this was just the first section I read - could it be an isolated incident? sure. or could it be a sign of things to come as I read on? I don't know - I hope not...and having bought Que books before - it probably is an isolated incident - but I hold Que to very high standards, as well as you should - I will continue to buy Que books but this is a disappointment...a small one but still.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Technology Revolution

XML is a revolution in the internet industry. It will change the e-commerce business. This Book covers a lot of technical details of XML, good examples. I find this book excellent.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Concurrent Programming in Java(TM): Design Principles and Pattern (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Lea
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Get the book on your hands

1) Get to a library and check out the book on your own.
2) I hardly grasp the utility of the code (or in most cases pseudo-code) examples, and Yes! they would be good for a "Java Mutithreading for dummies" book.
3) The book contains 236 (? ) references to scientific papers (In order to be objective, I took the time to count them)
4) As you yourself admit resorting to language subtleties, this book is more about the philosophy of concurrency than Java concurrency and again there might be nothing wrong with the book, just its name.
Good news is there are options with realistic - Java Multithreading - expositions out there; like Concurrency: State Medels & Java Programs, Jeff _, Jeff _, Jeff _, ISBN 0471987107, for example.