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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Designer's Guide to VHDL
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter J. Ashenden
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The review of "The Designer's Guide to VHDL"


I have read a few books on VHDL and find this one exceptional. The author has addressed topics such as Functions, Procedures, Aliases, Access Types and Abstract Data Types which are usually either absent in most of the books or not explained adequately.
The book is written in simple English and is, therefore, very easy to understand.
I do, however, feel that there is one topic left out which must be included in order to make this a standard book on VHDL. The book must tell the reader what the synthesis tool will produce with various bits of VHDL. This explanation may or may not be limited to a specific tool.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great text for sql queries


Over the years I have turned to this book often, either for help with creating a query, or for help troubleshooting one. The book is well organized and clearly written. The standard diagram in the appendix has even proved to be useful on many occasions. The only thing I would have liked to see added to the book, would be the authors presentation of further SQL commands, such as INSERT, UPDATE, etc. But then, the title does make it clear this book is specifically for SQL queries.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Parallel Programming with MPI
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter Pacheco
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very thorough


Very seldom do I find a programming book being as detail as this one. Definitely worth reading if you are new to MPI.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is a waste of money!


I'm not a Gates-o-phobe and in fact admire many of Microsoft's products. This is not one that I admire. This book is, as one other customer reviewer aptly put it, merely a glossary that covers windows-based (and some mac-based) software terms. Definitions of all of these terms are available on several excellent web sites.
Even more alarming are sections that address elements of style and grammar. They are desultory and often questionable. As a tecnical writer with an English degree who works in the software industry, I advise getting Fowlers Modern English Usage or the Chicago Manual of Style. The techies need to leave grammar and style to the pros.