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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This is NOT a Data Mining Book .. But a bad statistics book

Finally .. I recevie the book .. I read the list of content and I surprised about it .. and now I know why they dont write the contents here to read before bying the book ..This is a bad statistics book, you can read any thing in it except about Data Mining ... No Cluster Analysis .. No Nural Networks .. No Rule induction No Dicecion Trees .. Nothing and nothing and nothing ... And I want to sell this bad book which Name is Data Mining ... for the three lier writers.Mustafa Ebaid

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic book

An equally appropriate title for this book would be Thinking in Transact-SQL. It reminds me much of Bruck Eckle's Thinking in... programming books. It is about solving the tough problems you often encounter in T-SQL development.
The sample code statistics for the book are mind boggling: over 600 code sample files in about that many pages. This is a very code-centric book. The way it typically works is the author presents a common problem people run into in T-SQL, then shows multiple solutions to it, comparing and contrasting each one. Expert teaching doesn't get any better than this.
There are over 100 undocumented procedures revealed. That alone is worth the cost of the book. Many of these are quite handy and I'm glad to finally know about them.
Joe Celko says in the forward that this is the best T-SQL book, bar none. He is absolutely right. If you work with SQL Server, you owe it to yourself to learn the secrets this book teaches inside-out.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks

Scott Kelby has a way or writing books for the adverage person, but puts enough interesting information in there for experienced graphic designers. Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks is the top book of his in my opinion. You could start on any page and pick up something fun and interesting to work on. If you take the time, you even get friendly support from Scott in straight terms. When I read it, I get a sense of ease in being able to figure out how to create really cool tricks in a short amount of time. I could see some people being dissappointed in the book for this. Instead of diving deep into any design concepts or photoshop tools, he focuses right on particular effects. Once you complete the book, if you feel the need to read it from cover to cover, you may feel cheated if you're the kind of person who likes in depth explainations of tools and filters of photoshop. I see this book being best for someone who already has a basic understanding of photoshop and wants to pick up a few really cool tricks here and there. If it's the first time you're working with photoshop, you'll be able to put together some really impressive artwork in no time. I think the extent of your photoshop abilities will be pretty limited in the long run if you choose this book as your source of learning a highly developed graphics application, however. It's comparible to learning a couple songs on guitar, but skipping all the principals that could help you in playing or writing whatever song you want to.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Karli Watson, David Espinosa, Zach Greenvoss, Jacob Hammer Pedersen, Christian Nagel, Jon D. Reid, Matthew Reynolds, Morgan Skinner, Eric White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book but remember it's designed for beginners

This book is excellent for anyone with little programming expericence. If you have ZERO experience, then I recommend starting with on of the "...for Dummies" books first, as the terminology in this book may be hard to grasp at first. But if you're moving over from C++, Java, or VB, this is a great place to start. In fact, this book contains much more needed for just beginning, and by the end of the read you should be able to write a full-fledged Windows app with little problems.
The downsides of the book are few, but important to note. First off, the author doesn't spend enough time visually describing how OOP (object oriented programming) works. Before you know it, you'll be diving into classes, methods, delegates, and events before fully understanding basic concepts. Chapters 9-12 are by far the most difficult in the book to follow. Most everything else is cake. Also, because the book is just loaded with information, it may be hard for a beginner to differentiate from a beginners topic and a more advanced topic that you may never use.
Overall the book is a great read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to jump into C#. I easily finished it within less than a month with a pretty sound basic knowledge of what C# is about. After reading this, I recommend buying Professional C# (Second Edition) from WROX along with The C# Reference book they also put out. With those three books, you have a foundation to do just about anything you can think of.