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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not a book for experts

The book is ok if you are a student or if you don't know what embedded systems are. Otherwise it is a total waste of money. For the expert it has no interesting information. C++ is only in the title.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Some good points, but it's better for design agencies

I manage a large corporate website, and was looking for good book which provides examples of common dilemmas faced in managing a corporate website...this book failed to answer them with any true substance. This book is geared more towards the design agencies only, not people who design and develop in-house. Also, I felt that it was very basic and covered many things I learned in my early days of web development.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: AI Game Programming Wisdom (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference, useful for a broad audience

I bought this book because of one particular article on swarm simulations. Once I got the book I was amazed by the breadth of topics and by the quality of the articles. I found myself leafing through the entire book and exploring the CD-ROM.The book is well written and nicely organized into logical sections. Where space considerations prevented an author from going into great detail, the companion CD-ROM and the list of references gave great opportunities to explore the subject further.I should also mention that my background is not in gaming, but more in scientific applications and consulting. This book is an excellent reference even for non-gamers. It is sufficiently general in its coverage to allow me to understand the context of each article, and sufficiently detailed that I would feel comfortable implementing any of the algorithms presented.In all, this is an excellent book that should be equally useful to gaming enthusiasts, programmers, and other technical people looking for a solid reference that covers a number of interesting algorithms, techniques and approaches to some challenging computational problems.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Professional Stock Trading: System Design and Automation
Publisher: Acme Trader
Authors: Mark R. Conway, Aaron N. Behle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The code is worth thousands

I purchased this book several months ago and was initially overwhelmed by the code in the book, which is written in TradeStation's EasyLanguage. At its most basic level, the code consists of systems and indicators for finding traditional technical analysis patterns such as triple tops and pennants, but the book also presents some advanced concepts for combining and encoding these patterns on a chart, including a system using sentiment measures that is absolutely brilliant. The book contains many chart examples, but I would have been keen to see the specific parameters that were applied to each chart. You must be able to commit many hours experimenting with different combinations of input parameters and the so-called filters such as moving averages, volatility ratios, and other metrics. You cannot just plug the systems into your charts and expect stellar results for every symbol, as Conway & Behle explain in the first chapter; however, I think they present a good methodology for stock selection (I currently use RadarScreen to scan for trading candidates - you have to make sure all of the Acme indicators are enabled for RadarScreen). The chapters on pairs trading and float analysis were interesting because this content is rarely covered in other technical analysis books; however, I found the pairs trading difficult to backtest, so this system is probably the most subjective of all the systems. The authors present an intraday pairs system, but I would have been keen to see a daily system, so I'm trying to convert the code to do this. To summarise, this work has proven to be an extremely valuable book and put money in my pocket after much labour. I think some people will just give up if they think they can just plug a canned system into a chart, but this book proves there are many ways to skin a cat, and thus I highly recommend it.