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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Indescribably brilliant


This is one of the most fantastic books ever written. It represents a kind of "unified theory" of math, art and music. In some ways, Hoffstader reminds me of Joyce's Ulysses in terms of the way he uses text to model a different form. In fact, Joyce writes a chapter which is a textual "fugue" just the way hoffstader does. Yes, this is a very dense book with lots of profound thoughts on art, math and music (and philosophy), but I guarantee that you'll find it interesting. Don't read it on a short airplane ride -- read it when you have some time for a deeper read. I read it years ago and look forward to re-reading it again since I have yet to find a book anything like it. Quite an achievement -- this is one to pick for the proverbial desert island.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of System and Network Administration
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine Hogan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Evi Nemeth'sUNIX System Administration Handbook is better


This book was 'ok' but don't buy it unless you already have Evi Nemeth's UNIX System Administration Handbook and want to compare it to something less helpful in the real world.
ISBN: 0130206016



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I failed bigtime with this book!!


This book truly helped me prepare for the Security+ Exam. The information is well presented and thorough. This book truly holds to its promise by staying focused on what you need for the exam. If you read this book and feel lost, try a larger study guide to fill in the holes because this book stays focused on what you need for the Security+ exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book!!


This is an excellent book. This book teaches what it claims to teach amazingly well. Well done Mr. Larry.
And u know what? Larry Ullman also answers all your questions on the book's website. If u get stuck even on your first PHP script, Larry will personally help you in the forums. Now this is not what we normally get. A great book and FREE support on the website by the AUTHOR himself!!! WOW!!
Amazon should give him Book of the Year award along with Julie Meloni's "PHP Essentials".
If you are completely new to programming and you only know HTML and CSS and want to learn PHP (along with MySQL), "PHP Essentials" by Julie Meloni is the best book.
If you have some basic programming experience like JavaScript or C or any similar language, then Larry's "PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide" IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!.
This book does not teaches you the very basics of programming so if you are inexperienced in programming, get Julie's book... If u know a little programming, get Larry's book.
Just excellent book.