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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Still one of the better books nowadays....

This book is not for the novice, and it assumes some mathematical skills on the reader's side.
Having read the book a few times now, I must conclude that this one covers a lot of ground regarding pattern classification, and is probably more complete than any other book currently on the market.
If you're really interested in pattern recognition, you will get through this book with success, and will feel very thankful about the many useful algorithms, all perfectly clarified with pictures and even pseudo code. For those having mathematical problems, you might have to read more than once or twice to get a good grip on it. Yes, there are a few bugs in there, but this is the same with anyother book (there is an errata available on the web).
I've also been implementing many of the algorithms discussed, and I think anybody seriously involved with pattern classification should have at least a copy of this book nearby.
For those who complain that the book doesn't cover enough topics, related to distributed processing, machine learning, statistical inference, etc, I think these topics don't belong in here (they deal less with pattern classification), and others have dedicated separate books for all of those topics.
For those readers/students complaining about "too complicated", or "too many errors", or "hard-to-understand concepts", I recommand a better science teacher.
I haven't read the first edition, but having been in the commercial field of data mining / data fore casting / data clustering for many years now, I think this book is very up-to-date. I have come to understand what works and what doesn't, and yes, maybe not everything is covered, but the things that are covered are definitely current and leading-edge technology.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best XP Admin book I've ran into so far...

I've read a couple of books on Windows XP. This one is great as that any beginner to Windows XP will catch onto its concepts well, but even as an expert I've learned a lot of things from this book.
As an example, I was reading another book and it was telling me about a feature I could use. I thought it was a great feature and went to try it out and it didn't work. Disappointed, I figured that this particular book had just lazily copied the information from Windows 2000 (which it worked fine it). Then I was reading this book and it explained that this particular feature is turned off by default in Windows XP and then explained how to get it turned back on.
That is what I love about this book... it explains in excellent detail the many quirks of Windows XP and how to fix them. I've been looking for a book like this. As an administrator, these quirks can be frustrating and whenever I pick up this book I seem to think, "Oh, man... if I only knew that when I ran into that problem last week."
If you are an administrator, I would highly suggest have this book on your reference shelf. Even better... read this puppy cover to cover. It does cover a lot of the basics, but pay attention to the boxed sections marked "tip" and "caution" and "InsideOut". Even if you only read these parts, you will be a better administrator.
I will be very interested in checking out other materials written by these authors. This is a very excellent technical reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Ryan Russell, Ido Dubrawsky, FX, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cyberpunk Now

This book reminds me of Neuromancer and Burning Chrome by William Gibson. Same atmosphere, same short story format. I loved this book. I was a big fan of the Cyberpunk genre and although this stops short of being a Cyberpunk book, you could consider it a prequel of sorts.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A step toward relief from confusion

I'm a student taking a senior level course in Advanced Java at the University of Maryland. After battling with two other books (including the course text), I reverted to Marty Hall's volume for a detailed, intricate explanation of the theory, processes, and features of Servlets and JSP's. There is so much detail involved that it was a relief to have a guiding hand on such esoteric topics as setting up and running Apache Tomcat. Also, the didactic methodology of Professor Hall's presentation made it possible to acquire a logical perspective of what is going on in this discipline. I recommend this book for all levels.