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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Algorithm Design Manual
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Steve S. Skiena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You will love it!

Apart from beeing really useful, this book has two more interesting characteristics: 1. it is very readable 2. it is very amusing/interesting at times. The book is very good if you are a beginner in the subject of computer algorithms, but note that it is not a stand-alone book. You also need a good algorithms textbook to cover the subject of algorithms. Skiena reviews some aspects of the algorithmic theory he regards especially useful/important and presents his interesting perspective, but some times he uses algorithms or techniques he has not presented. What makes this book great is the "War stories", where the author describes real problems and the process that led to the algorithm that solved the problems. Something like Bentley's magnificent book "Programming pearls" (get this one too!). And, of course, the categorized catalog of algorithmic problems, which comprises the bigest part of the book, is almost a guarantee that once you come across a real problem you will shortly know where to look for a solution. Moreover, that solution may already be coded, waiting for you in the CD that comes with the book (which also includes a one-semester lectures of the author in shockwave-audio format).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent, only lacking DHTML reference

Excellent book that clearly explains the basics of ASP using VBScript. In fact its more like a "Teach Yourself VBScript with ASP 3.0" book. However, alot of client side scripting requires knowledge not only of HTML but also DHTML which is not covered at all. It would have been nice to have included this vital topic as a reference in an appendix . Therefore, I would recommend buying along with this book something on DHTML as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Most definitely not a Bible!

Don't buy this book, it's worthless for a beginner and for an advanced user also. It's too complicated and poorly organized for a beginner, it randomly introduces a lot of unexplained new terms, which make it's reading more that frustrating. For an advanced user (I became one after reading a ton of other books) it's superficial and does not concentrate on the real aspect of data base design and implementation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCA Citrix MetaFrame XP for Windows Administrator Study Guide (Exam 70-220)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Inc. Syngress Media, Melissa Craft
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent Resource for the Exam

I think the bad reviews you see here are from people who are going the "paper" CCA route--people that don't have the hands on experience with Citrix. This exam is VERY hard if you don't have experience with Metaframe XP and is still very challenging with some experience. This book is a great resource to reinforce the basic fundamentals needed for this test. However, like any other test, do not count on this book alone to pass the test. Ron Oglesby is a great trainer and his knowledge of Citrix is incredible. One word of advice--the software that comes with this book is terrible--don't count on those kind of questions on the test.