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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
important concepts presented poorly

My CS professor at UC Berkeley, introduced his course as the best CS course at Berkeley because it uses the "greatest CS book ever written." For all the pain and long hours it has put me through, I must admit this book taught me concepts I never knew. This book is not for the casual reader who wants to learn practical programming, but rather for someone who wants to really be hit hard by all the important topics in Computer Science today. Good luck!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Usability Engineering Lifecycle: A Practitioner's Handbook for User Interface Design
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Deborah J. Mayhew
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good reference for big projects

A great book for every Usability practitioner. Not only did I find the content of this book very informative and very useful, but in particular I liked the structure of the book and found it extremely usable. Each chapter contains context information at the beginning of the chapter, an out line of the chapter, summary notes on the side bar for quick review, sample techniques and forms, war stories, estimation of resources required to complete each step, etc This structure makes the book one of the most usable books I have ever used, and therefore one of the most useful companion in designing the user interface.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Enjoyable Apple family history and album

I am delighted to have Apple Confidential 2.0 - it's like a family history and picture album. Included are all the family members from Apple I and II to Mac G5 and iPod, with too many to mention here (eWorld, Apple III, Stylewriter, Newton, et al.) Even cousins NeXT and Pixar, and in-law (or out-law?) Windows have chapters. Especially appreciated are the numerous time-lines and the balance, with about 100 pages devoted to each decade to 2003. It's understandable that recent events cannot all be included, and that there is a limit to what will fit into about 300 pages, but it would have been nice to see a page or so on the pioneering, award-winning QuickTake digital camera. I've known and grown with the Apple family from my 1978 Apple II to my 2003 eMac, and highly recommend this book as enjoyable reading and a fine reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: An Embedded Software Primer
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Simon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book used in UW Extension course

I've been working with embedded systems for 10 years, and found lots of info, I hadn't seen or read before. The chapters on hardware is good info, and the review of RTOS architectures and core functions was a nice refresher. If you're new to embedded system design, then I'd highly recommend this book to nail down the basics.