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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Description Logic Handbook : Theory, Implementation and Applications
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Resource For The Seriously Interested

This book is written, chapter by chapter, by many of the most important researchers in this field- Since it is an advanced text, the content is a bit uneven and varied in writing style- It is essentially a compendium of review articles by experienced researches covering the various facets of the DL community. The choppy design is a small tradeoff for being able to get some very up-to-date information on Description Logics.

I was searching for some information on basic/moderate algorithms for DL subsumption and found it a challenge to uncover the information... However, it was all to be found in this book, just buried under a few layers of notation and language that took a while to get used to. This is a book that favors concise mathematical notation over simplified explanations and expects the reader to understand the algorithms without many concrete examples to help in processing the information- not a novice text.

If you are new to the field of Description Logics, I would recommend reading "Knowledge Representation and Reasoning" first (which shares some authors with this book) and _then_ acquire this more advanced text when you are ready.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A remarkable mind-boggling work !

It's a classic book and it's becoming old. I've read it when I'm in High Scholl. After 20 years it is amazingly refreshing. But I think that some parts is becoming outdated ( However, a classic book never loses its charm). Being an unsual work, between Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming" and Carl Sagan's "Broca's Brain", it's somewhat difficult to read. Written in a pre-internet (as we use today), it loses some appeal for the young ones ( except for the gifted ones). I hope that Mr. Hofstadter has some plans to update and refresh with new format, new insights and appeal to the young ones.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3D Studio MAX: Tutorials from the Masters
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Michele Bousquet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"A Must Have for MAX Users"

Overall, I was disappointed with the content of this book. While providing useful information to the seasoned pro, I found that it glossed over too many details during the course of the tutorials (i.e., they show you a picture and just say "adjust yours to look like this" without actually telling you how they did it). This might be okay for a veteran MAX user, but for a beginner, or even intermediate user, I think they just left too much out.
On the other hand, the tutorial subjects were excitingly diverse, from creating a kangaroo to creating and animating a space rover type vehicle. I just found that it didn't do it for me.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Steal at any Price!!!

Of ATL and MFC fame, Chris Sells brings his Windows knowledge to .NET through this great piece of writing. It is extremely solid in the technical part but also contains an intangible cool factor unseeing in any book I've read. He discusses things that Mr. Petzold left out of the Windows for .NET core reference. Chris' writing style makes you follow along as if you were reading an epic novel instead of a geek manual. Awesome read, I can' say enough. Although there is a VB.NET version this books suits any developer, I think even the Linux guys can learn a thing or 2 for implementing Mono. Chris clearly walks the talk since he has many free .NET components and wrote an amazing Caller ID for MSN messenger. If all this sounds interesting, then what are you waiting for and pick up the book already!