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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing Using MATLAB
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods, Steven L. Eddins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Digital image processing using MATLAB

I gave a DIP class last semester using this book. I found it provided the easiest way to make students acquainted with DIP. Before using this book, I tried Visual C++ for implementation. However, both of us (i.e., students and me) couldn't be satisfied, I guess. Now the implementation is easier than ever, and I can explain more about DIP itself to students.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How the Internet Works, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Preston Gralla
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

A brilliant visual safari revealing the digital, virtual and visceral all and everything of the Internet for people who want it clear, quick and colorful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Colour photos distinguish the book

Outside of graphics, it is somewhat rare for computer books to be in full colour. It adds heavily to the printing cost. And most computer ideas, sans graphics, can be perfectly well accompanied by greyscale images, of screen captures, say.

So imagine my surprise when I found that this book has gorgeous colour photos. Of the innards of computers, often showing, and this is important, a person's hands adjusting or otherwise manipulating some portion of the hardware. Makes for a compelling and easy to follow user's manual. Directed at the tinkerer. Perhaps you want to save money by constructing your own PC. Or perhaps you just like to soup up a generic PC?

You have probably suffered through trying to decipher assembly instructions on some hobbyist kits, where the text is often on small pamphlets, with black and white schematics that are maddeningly obtuse. This book is a pleasant alternative to all that. The text is well written. But what truly distinguishes the book are the copious colour photos.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A gentle introduction, somewhat out of date

Probably the most popular book on Cocoa programming. A somewhat more gentle (but less in-depth) introduction than "Cocoa Programming" by Scott Anguish et al. More of a tutorial and guide than a reference work. Published in 2001, it is probably starting to fall out of date a bit, but most of the changes in OS X 10.2 and 10.3 versus 10.1 will not affect the typical beginner much. It sounds like the next edition, out soon, will update it well; it might be worth waiting for that.