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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Guide to Networks, Third Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Tamara Dean
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, informative, tremendous resource

Ms. Dean has done an outstanding job of presenting current technology in a manner that is easy for students to grasp. This textbook was a great asset to the course; comprehensive, factual, technically sound. Highly recommended to anyone in the networking arena.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C++: The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William T. Vetterling, Brian P. Flannery
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Buy "Numerical Recipes in C" instead of this book!

If you are considering buying this book because it is newer than "Numerical Recipes in C", don't! Virtually all the algorithms presented use a totally unnecessary "NR" class, which only serves to distinguish the "C" from the "C++" version of the book, and adds a complexity which you and I can live without. This is clearly the result of a "publish or perish" policy.
"Numerical Recipes in C" has all the same powerfull algorithms presented in a much clearer and simpler way.
I purchased the "C++" version, and it was a mistake. At this point, I use the "C++" hardcopy for a refference only. I use the free online "C" version for code I can actually use.
Don't buy this book! Buy "Numerical Recipes in C" instead!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-294): Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jill Spealman, Kurt Hudson, Melissa Craft, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for those new to AD

The authors and editors of this book deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. Anyone who is new (and some people not so new) to Active Directory can benefit from reading this book. From the start the book comes out strong. No worthless filler here; just logically organized, to the point text, diagrams and screen shots that help the reader understand AD from top to bottom. I like this book so well that I regularly purchase it for my consulting clients in need of a better understanding of AD. This book is a winner and a valuable resource even for those not studying for the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Build a Speech Recognition Application: Second Edition: A Style Guide for Telephony Dialogues
Publisher: Enterprise Integration Group
Authors: Bruce Balentine, David P. Morgan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential reading for dialogue designers

This book is simply the best for your bookcase if you are a voice dialogue designer. I would strongly recommend it to novice and expert alike, especially for those learning VoiceXML for the first time, or working with it day to day.
Grounded in hours of human-computer experiments, and a multi-disciplinary approach to user interface design - this book is a rare combination of a careful ear for human language and dialogue, extensive engineering experience, and pragmatic knowledge of the strengths and limitations of current voice recognition technology.
The second edition has brought it bang up-to-date. It cuts through the hype that has always surrounded each successive generation of voice technology - focussing always on the building of robust useable interfaces which work with the user rather than against them.