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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
O'Reilly excellent as always


As always, O'Reilly delivers an excellent reference guide and well documented code examples.
I would highly recommend this book as a source for information on Netscape and Internet Explorers Document Object Model. The javascript examples are clearly written and the reference material is well laid out with browser specific differences noted.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You don't know COM development until you have read this book


Read it! Read it again! Come back to it a few months later and read it again! There is so much to understand about COM and this book gives you the information to do that.
Hmmm! What else to say? Well, considering Microsoft sends their own developers to DevelopMentor to learn about COM, what more can one say? DevelopMentor was co-founded by Don Box and is probably the premiere training facility for Microsoft technologies and COM in the entire world.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques with Java Implementations
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent textbook for machine learning


In fall 2000, I taught a master's level course in ML to about 25students at New York University. Fortunately both for me and mystudents, I was able to use and assign excellent recent textbooks inthe area: "Machine Learning" by Tom Mitchell and "DataMining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques with JavaImplementations" by Ian H. Witten and Eibe Frank. I recommendboth books enthusiastically.
A student who has mastered Mitchellhas a solid grasp of the basic element of nearly every method ofmachine learning currently in use, and of almost every aspect of MLresearch. A student who has mastered Witten/Frank has a deepknowledge of the major ML techniques, and a strong sense of theopportunities and pitfalls to be encounted when these techniques areput into practice.
A complete review of both books, to appear inArtificial Intelligence Journal, can be found at...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Andrew B. King
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely a Definitive Guide on Site Optimization


When I read this book, I was hoping it would explain the purpose behind the necessity for fast web sites. Right out of the gate, the author provides sufficient research on this topic. Not only does he discuss the speed of response time as a certain factor in user satisfaction, he takes it to the next level by discussing the major causes of user impatience. I really enjoyed the part about "attunability". It's a very valuable term for web designers. As for me, this discussion alone was worth the price of the book.
The book follows this discussion with the idea that it's not enough to speed up a web site. To improve user experience and keep them on a web site longer, flow becomes an important factor. As for me, I am always trying to build sites that flow well. It's very annoying to visit a web site that has inconsistent color schemes, a plethora of navigation techniques. Hey, use all the cool techniques that you want but if it doesn't flow then I'm not impressed. Give me something that is simple and pleasing to use and I would probably hang around longer. This book stresses flow but doesn't spend much time on the subject.
With the groundwork laid out as to why sites need to be optimized for speed and flow, the rest of the book explains with great pain-staking detail how to optimize. It offers techniques and examples for areas such as HTML, XHMTL, CSS, JavaScript, graphics, multi-media, and meta-tags. Furthermore, this book covers server-side techniques and search engine optimization. Finally, to measure web site optimization, this book includes references to benchmarking tools.
With the concentration on coding techniques and optimization of code, I can understand why this book is recommended for experienced developers and designers; however, this book is organized such that a beginner could read the first three or four chapters and then do follow-up reading as their skills progress. With that said, I think this book could have presented more details on site flow; but overall, this book is worthwhile reading. With almost 500 pages, it's jammed full of research and useful examples and techniques on web optimization. I have built many web sites and fine tuned them. This book is a gold mine. With its awesome amount of coding optimization techniques and examples, I am sure that I can double the speed of my web sites.