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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Peter Rob, Carlos M. Coronel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Comprehensive, but perhaps too much so

First let me just say I liked this book. Why? Because it is a pretty IT book with useful and informative color screenshots and illustrations that are explanatory. It is of course both fortunate and unfortunate that the author uses screenshots of MS Access databases almost exclusively.
I do wish the author had spent more time discussing web-database application integration. Also, he only used Coldfusion (the most expensive variety) to illustrate web-database interactivity. This is great for learning some basic Coldfusion tagging, but how about something useful for small-time web hosters and others who want to use PHP, which is not only free but more powerful than Coldfusion. Ah well.
This book is very large in height - you'll see what I mean when you pick it up. The sections on ER diagramming, SQL, normalization, and design are top notch. However when the book gets into the later chapters, and covers more difficult subjects such as distributed database apps, transactional databases and Internet-related topics the coverage becomes a little weak. He does give a fine overview of all the topics presented however and the book is not totally boring to read either. The author is very lucid.
I recommend this book as an introductory text on databases but nothing more.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book in AI so far

This book got me so excited that I was not able to continue reading. I had to put it down and walk about. The power of the learning classifier system (SCS) has yet to be fully explored. A system that organizes data (classifies) and learns new rules (generate new rules via the genetic algorithm) is a combination that still takes my breath away. The only negative to this book are the trivial problems the algorithms solve. There is none for the "bucket brigade" version of the SCS. Overall though it is an awesome book presenting a very powerful algorithm that has yet to be fully explored.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All PM's need to read this

As summer interns at Microsoft, my friends and I used to take "field trips" to the company supply room to stock up on school supplies. Among the floppy disks, mouse pads, and post-it notes was a stack of small paperback books, so I took one home to read.
The book was Peopleware, by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. This book was one of the most influential books I've ever read. The best way to describe it would be as an Anti-Dilbert Manifesto.
Ever wonder why everybody at Microsoft gets their own office, with walls and a door that shuts? It's in there. Why do managers give so much leeway to their teams to get things done? That's in there too. Why are there so many jelled SWAT teams at Microsoft that are remarkably productive? Mainly because Bill Gates has built a company full of managers who read Peopleware. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is the one thing every software manager needs to read... not just once, but once a year.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures & Algorithms in Java (Mitchell Waite Signature Series)
Publisher: Waite Group Press
Authors: Mitchell Waite, Robert Lafore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
EEEExcellent Data Structure Book for Starter in Java and C

For various data structures and algorithms covered in this book can be ported to ANSI C quite successfully. Algorithms that supplied with the content are accompanied by analysis that are readable by beginners like myself. This is a great complement to Ivor Horton's Beginning Java 2. This book picks up most of where Ivor Horton left off in basic data structure.