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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not advanced enough


This book doesn't cower enough, and is full of bull. They should have made it 800 pages shorter, and covered more advanced algorithms. (since I'm only a second year CS student I can't imagen this book beeing of practical use for advanced users )



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear, entertaining, well organized


This book doesn't need another good review - but I'm posting one anyway.
It's amazing how much HTML is in this small book. The explanations are clear and unambiguous, and the models in the figures are creative and well integrated with the text.
A lot of thought obviously went into organizing the material into coherent sections. The red coloring is used wisely and effectively and helped me follow the models. I haven't found myself driven to the companion Web site for help yet, but it's good to know it's there.
If I have a minor constructive criticism, it is that the figures and captions are packed with useful models, but rather small for my eyes. Perhaps that's the price for so much cool stuff in a small book, or a limitation built into the VQS format. The section on CGI scripts might be overreaching the scope of the book a bit - but maybe I'll get more from it on a 2nd reading.
The color chart at the end of the version of the book I purchased is a very valuable bonus.
Whichever publisher wins the bidding war to sign Elizabeth Castro to a six (seven?) figure advance for her next book is a lucky publisher indeed!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for Intermediate Programmers


Mark Allen Weiss did a superb job at explaining the very abstract material. I think every person interested in computer Science should read.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Spin me, hit me, kick me, don't take this book away from me.


All the other praise is well deserved. This book sets an incredibly high precedent as to the quality of technical literature. GET THIS BOOK. The UNIX API has never been presented better.
My only single complaint is that the text is written as a programmer would have written it: that is, much passive voice. Just make sure you have some coffee and a lot of time. It took me a little time to get through it (a 3 day cruise in the bahamas, actually), but I am to this day thankful that I did.