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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Typical attention to Detail from Robert

I am impressed with this book. It contains the typical attention to detail from Robert Thompson along with many photos. Almost anyone can build the "Perfect PC" following this book. Would recommend this to anyone interested in building their own system or just learning more about the inside of their current system.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Gigabytes: Compressing and Indexing Documents and Images
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Ian H. Witten, Ian H. Witten, Alistair Moffat, Timothy C. Bell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very clear, but misses some key real-world issues

As others have said, MG is a good introductory text for Information Retrieval. However I think it spends a little too much time on compression techniques and lacks a good discussion of incremental or on-line indexing. The book tends to assume that the set of texts to be searched is static - if new documents can be added or old ones deleted it makes the whole problem much harder and many of MG's techniques are no longer relevant. That said, I strongly look forward to Managing Terabytes (if it ever appears).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst book on C++!

Maybe my word is a little attacking to Bjarne Stroustrup. Still, this is the feeling now I have since I bought this book two year's before. Even using the index, I can't find the wanted info about specific items. And when I find the info, the key part is not there. This is really annoying, esp. when you find such key parts in other books. Some will say: "Oh, it is not for begginners." Yet, I don't think it is appropriate even for an intermediate reader. As regards to advanced programmer, I don't know because I am not at an advanced level of C++.
I respect Bjarne Stroustrup, for he has invented such a great language to easy our programming life. Yet, maybe he is not good at writing.
If you want to learn C++ at a decent speed, here is my list: 1. "Accelerated C++" by Andrew Koenig -- This is THE BOOK on C++. I think it can be compared to K&R's "The C Programming Language" in years to come. 2. "Effective C++ and More Effective C++ CD" by Scott Meyer -- This cultures good programming styles in C++. 3. "The C++ Standard Library" by Josuttis -- This is the reference I use in every day programming life. It can't be over-emphasized. 4. "Exceptional C++" by Herb Sutter -- He teaches you the delicate and subtle parts of C++. They are easy to ignore, but never unimportant. It won't fail you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I got Prompt repy from the Author and it was very helpful.

I got the book with the CDROM. All the examples in the book are in the CDROM. But I did not know know to copy the databases, because it was "read only" I wrote to the Author Alison Balter. Even though it was 11 pm in the night, I got a reply immediately!! Here is her reply. May be it will be of help to some of you who want to copy the databases into your hard drive.Hi Percy,All files are read-only when you copy them from a CD-ROM (no way to control that). After copying the files to your hard drive, you simply right-click the files in Explorer, go to Properties, and uncheck the read-only attribute."Hope this helps.Sincerely,Alison "