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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad

This book is very interesting, i've bought other books related to this subjecct and this one has new and informative information on the subject.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent BooK

This is an excellent book. The authors know their audience. I work at a biotech company in Silicon Valley and use this book everyday. It is written in plain English and covers all the skills needed for the bioinformatics environment that I work in. Section II covers the Bioinformatics workstation as well as the tools needed to have a functional system up and running. Bioinformatics Computer Skills is the best and only book on this subject. Whenever a new field in science emerges there needs to be one book that puts it all together for people to get an understanding of what that field is all about, what you need to know to be good in that field (pg 14), what tools you need, what matters and this book does that. This book is not a bible of bioinformatics, but a blueprint of how such systems work and what skills are need as well as where one should seek out further knowledge. O'reilly press, Cynthia Gibas and Per Jambeck have done an excellent job with this first book and I hope there will be other books to follow. They have begun to define this new field. The other reviews (on this web site) that criticize this book do not understand the purpose of the book. It is to shed light on a field that is new and undefined. People who may not have known what bioinformatics is, or what skills one needs to have in order to enter this new field, now have a refrence point. The problem with many scientist today is they really believe they are more important then the people they are trying to save with their great discoveries. Everything having to do with science does not have to be written in the same context of the Journal Of Science etc... Regular people have a right to understand what is being written and how it will affect them in the future. The attacks of ("too superficial, misleading" etc..) are unfair. Those critics should write their own book so that the rest of us can be more informed. This is a great book on the subject.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book to read before you get serious with .Net

As a Computer Scientist, there is a certain level of pride associated with understanding the inner workings of compilers, memory management, object oriented programming, etc, and this book offers a fine disucssion of the inner working of the CLR and .NET framework. Its unlikely that a professional Software Engineer would have anything bad to say about such well presented "intellectual" content, but I am pragmatic and bought this book for an *applied* approach to USING the .NET framework, which is why I say this book has missed the mark.
If the book were titled "Detailed understanding of CLR and .NET underpinings" or "CLR for Compiler Geeks" then this book would get five stars. But thats not why I bought this book. I bought it for useful examples (or at least useful annotated reference material) to help me in my .NET development. This book does not deliver. This book would be a good textbook for an imaginary 400-level CS elective course titled "Microsoft CLR". The course would not have any labs.
I avoided the temptation to give myself the professional "warm fuzzies" by giving this book five stars for its fine discussion of CLR/.NET internals, but I'm in the trenches and need more pertinent information to get up to speed on .NET pronto. I will return to this book after a year of working with .NET to fill in the gaps in my knowledge or as bedtime reading material.
I was expecting a book along the line of OReillys "Nutshell" series that are chock full of useful exmaples with terse, reference style descriptions. This book is more conversational in its presentation and reading it feels like a waste of time. This is not a good first (or second) .NET book. For now I am better served by the .NET Framework SDK.
Two years ago, I took a course from another member of the Wintellect Team (Jeff Prosise) and was very impressed with his knowledge. I should have purchased Prosise's .NET book.
Again, this gets 2 stars because its title is deceptive.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MDA Explained: The Model Driven Architecture--Practice and Promise
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Anneke Kleppe, Jos Warmer, Wim Bast
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Warning - The book influence your mindset

MDA Explained written by Anneke Kleppe, Jos Warmer and Wim Bast is an excellent easy-to-follow book, understandable for a wide audience. This book is an absolute must for every professional involved in software development
The MDA book explains Model Driven Architecture (MDA) in easy-to-follow steps.
The tour begins with the disadvantages of traditional software development and follows with explaining how MDA can solve these traditional software development problems.
The book step for step explains, in more and more details, the MDA framework, and gives answers on the following topics; What is a model; How is the relationship between the models arranged; What kind of models are there; What are transformations and so on.
The book guides the reader with easy to understand examples, the combination of straight to the point text, and clear and understandable examples guaranties that the reader gets the complete MDA picture, in less then a day reading.
I like to give one warning for the readers of this book; 'The book influences your software development mindset', your software development approach will never be the same again after reading this book.
Have fun reading
Dino Seelig, ITIS Informatisering.