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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A worthy addition on your bookshelf.

Despite the fact that this book is eleven years old it is still the BEST book on programming in C and will always be. It explains every part of a program clearly. But I would recommend taking a class in programming before reading this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Mary Jackson, Mike Staunton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

A fantstic book on Excel modelling for Equities, Equity Options, and Bond Options that fills the lack of books on this topic nicely.It's probably best to compare it to Beninga's „Financial Modelling". It differs in many ways though. It's more compact (250 pages instead of 600), with less detailed explanations, leaves Corporate Finance completely out, and covers fewer topics but to a more advanced level.The book deserves definitely „advanced", since the equity section was developed for an MBA elective at London Business School. The parts on options and bonds compromise a course for the MSc in Mathematical Trading & Finance at City University Business School. Standard material covered: porfolio theory and efficient frontiers / the CAPM, beta and covariance matrices / performance measurement / the Black & Scholes formula / binomial trees for equity and bond options / Monte Carlo simulation / bond yield-to-maturity, duration and convexity / term structure models from Vasicek and Cox, Ingersoll and Ross.Advanced topics: value at risk / style analysis / an improved binomial tree (Leisen&Refmer) / quasi Monte Carlo simulation / volatility smiles / Black, Derman & Toy trees / normal interest rate trees.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One Visual Basic .NET Business Objects
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rockford Lhotka
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From intermediate to advanced

I have spent the last 12 months getting up to speed on .Net programming and read about 10 books. This one is by far the best.
What sets Rockford's book apart is that he solves problems by setting an objective, discusses approaches and highlights pros and cons, delves into the coding structure, walks through the solution in the chosen programming language, and gives adequate information/description on the steps in the IDE.
Other books I have read focuses on how Microsoft has implemented the technologies and libraries. Rockford puts it to use for a corporate programmer.
Many advanced programmers may disagree with his solution and point out weaknesses, but so does Rockford. The enormous benefit here is learning problemsolving with some advanced thinking and forethought, EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE with Rockford's answers and solutions!!!
The biggest value you'll get is learning to solve problems. BETTER YET, there are active discussions online at www.lhotka.net (Rockford's website) on solving real problems using his solution - even enhancing and adapting it.
Using .Net, the framework presented can be used in other languages for application development. Hence, you can learn to use the framework and progress in your professional work.
I'd say this is the book that brings you up a notch or two in the programming world. Real experience put to real use in the real world is the gyst of this book.
If you are not a VB programmer, get it anyway. If you are a C# programmer, get this VB version and buy the C# version to be released in May 2004!!
It's not easy to reach Rockford's level, but this book sure gets you going!
It will move you from intermediate to advanced in a month of dedicated work! A book for anyone who is serious about their professional career!
As you probably know from this review I give it 5 stars and top rating!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice job, Mr Indoctrinator

I can only warn you of this book: It might give you a nervous breakdown if you are a spiritual person. The sickly intelligent author has a devilish and almost violent joy in convincing you that you don't have a soul, that your mind and self is a product of the complexity of your brain, and that is the ideology that pours out of every sentence in this book! He believes so strongly that everything can be objectified and symbolized that he kind of neglects his very own existence ...The thrill is: you have to hand it to him: he's real logical! It took me some time to get over it, but I felt he was wrong... and he is wrong, but it's not easy to put in words, because words are just words. No matter how you try to cover up the truth... someday it will prevail, because it IS! What traumatic experience made this author so loveless, cynical and blind?