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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David James, Simon Russell, Graham H. Seibert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Onestop reference and intro. to Financials

If there's one book you can buy and get and excellent intro. to Oracle Financials, this book is the one. I'ver personally not seen a comprehensive discussion of Oracle Financials in one book and also at this price. Congratulations!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Crunching
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Authors: Greg Wilson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Difficult subject to tackle

This book is the first book that tries to specifically address some of the most common tasks when programming a script, which is to convert data from one format to another. Programming for this task is not difficult, but it is time-consuming, hence the author tries to impart as much time-saving wisdom for the process as possible.

The book properly uses platform independent codes and examples (with one exception of modification of .ini file), which correctly identifies the audience that will have to work with multiple platforms.

Unfortunately, many parts are written in case-by-case fashion, and each case takes three to four pages, so the reader will have to devote some time following his story of the format in question to gain some knowledge. Thus, it is more of a tutorial than a reference.
My wish is that the book covered more conversion cases using the same principles, instead of covering many principles by only a handful of conversion cases. The great point about this book is that it does cover the relevant techniques for the majority of the conversions.

The book leaves out the case of scientific data conversions, which the author deems too deep, broad, and merits a separate volume. Although this omission is disappointing, the book is general enough to be applied to my specialized field (bioinformatics).

Hopefully, more books will address this important topic of *practical* data conversion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the easiest computer books I've read!

This is a great book, it will guide you thru your initial first steps and beyond, I recommend to anyone that is starting or have not used very much HTML before. The several links that the author gives you (according to the chapter that you are reading), will point you to "HOT websites" where you can get further information or download software for your web development and learning. example that he is talking about. Great examples and fun that is to read this book, THIS BOOK IS A MUST!!!!!!!(The authors:Molly and Dick are GREAT instructors)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
C++ has some quirks...

The subtitle of the book '50 specific ways to improve your programs and designs' is a pretty good summary of what this book is all about. It's is very well structured, the table of contents summarizes each point in one sentence, together with the extensive and complete index it's very easy to use as a quick reference. But thanks to Meyers clear and oftentimes amusing style of writing it's also a joy to read from cover to cover. You'd be a fool if you didn't anyways, since you'd miss out on lots of excellent source code examples and very well stated arguments for each of the tips. Some of the tips may seem obvious, like item 5 which reads: "use the same form in corresponding uses of new and delete". Others like item 1: "prefer const and inline to #define" might seem pretty alien to seasoned C programmers/preprocessor magicians or performance freaks. After reading the author's arguments for his points you'll have a hard time defending your position, though (in the unlikely case that you are still not convinced, that is). Meyers does explicitly encourage critical thinking over blind following of the rules though, and in the tradition of Donald Knuth has promised a reward for every error discovered in his work.How universally accepted these tips have become you can guess form reading the C++ newsgroups or noticing that they have been fully integrated into automatic source checking tools such as gimpel's PC-Lint. Professional programmers should know these 50 gems by heart - buy the book!