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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen J. Chapman, Stephen Chapman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent text for modern programming


It is outrightly silly to rate this excellent book one star and insinuate that it is a terrible write-up. Is it the thin index that makes it so bad, or the explanation of do loops using sin(x) series expansion, according to the first reviewer? If you are a scientist or an engineer (the target audience of the book) you'll probably see the wisdom of such an example instead of counting from 1 to 10 as if we are inside a grocery store.

This is an excellent book not just for sake of learning the fortran language but also for writing modern and easily maintanable codes and algorithms. Whether you are a "pure" or "hybrid" programmer, you couldn't ever ask for something more.
I am sure the author will subsequently improve the indexing since most people seem to take an offence in that but the contents are just right.Of course Metcalf/Reid (Fortran 90/95 Explained) is also a very good text but is largely for reference purposes. Metcalf/Reid DOES NOT and will not teach you the nitty-gritty of fortran programming. In Metcalf/Reid, you must already have been there in programming, but Chapman will gradually take you to whatever level you deisre, depending on what you need. Very importantly, Chapman sprinkles throughout the text, several scientific and engineering examples and I guess it is why the text was so named in the first place - Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers.

It doesn't matter if you figure that you are way too cerebral and that Chapman is too simplistic for you. If you ever want to venture into programming, chances are that you are not an imbecile and any additional little knowledge gained is always an eternal treasure. This is an excellent text for programming in Fortran 90/95 and you'll be grateful that you did own a copy. Period.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Go Buy It Now! This book will save you time, and sanity!


Everyone who runs a linux box needs to buy this book! Just seeing examples, and putting in what you think isn't enough. After buying this book I was able to repair many problems, and fine tune my DNS files. It all becomes so much clearer after reading this book. An ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE! Go Buy it Today!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A little disappointed David


A great book to teach you all the techniques and strategies of Final Fantasy VIII. That's All Folks!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Business Intelligence Roadmap: The Complete Project Lifecycle for Decision-Support Applications
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Larissa T. Moss, Shaku Atre
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is a BI Best Buy!


Larissa Moss is a clear thought leader in the Business Intelligence field, and this book only underscores that appelation. If you are implementing a business intelligence program, or even just thinking about, this book will give a clear roadmap for understanding what to do to build a successful prgram.