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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Beginner's Book!!

I read this book from cover to cover. This is simply, hands-down, the BEST book you could read if you have never done any assembly programming and want to get started. This book takes an approach that is unconventional to most other books you would buy, and yet it is the best approach. Had I not read this book first, I may never have understood assembly language level programming.
While this book is not real deep, it's a great start. After reading this book, you will feel confident in your knowledge of assembly language programming to read any other texts on more advanced assembly language programming.
Notably, this book does not cover protected mode, however, I don't believe that is a concept beginners should focus on. BUY THIS BOOK if you don't buy any other if you want to truly understand assembly language programming.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managerial Accounting: Creating Value in a Dynamic Business Environment w/Student Success CD-ROM, Net Tutor & Powerweb package
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Ronald W Hilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Textbook

This is a very well structured, and easy to understand textbook. It is good for class and great for self-studying.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: High Performance MySQL
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeremy D. Zawodny, Derek J. Balling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essential for any serious MySQL User

This is a very helpful and informative book. I learned a lot from it even though I have been using MySQL for nearly three years. I was able to improve the speed and performance of my server using the information provided by Jeremy and Derek.
The book contains a lot of very helpful information the theory and practice of MySQL replication. The authors clearly and explicitly describe how to setup and manage replication, and how to deal with failures and failover. There are plenty of architecture diagrams, accompanied by lucid descriptions of the good and bad points of each one.
The sections on query and server optimization are first class as well. There are plenty of vignettes drawn from Jeremy's real-world experience running MySQL at Yahoo.
My only criticism is that the book seemed too short. I can't identify any particular elements that they omitted. However, like a good novel, this book was over way too soon.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Professional Stock Trading: System Design and Automation
Publisher: Acme Trader
Authors: Mark R. Conway, Aaron N. Behle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Bridging the worlds of trading and computers

First of all, I am amazed that the authors have been so generous in sharing this code, pages and pages of TradeStation code for various technical analysis patterns. This is clearly the result of many years of hard work of developing and testing trading systems. My only caution is that this book may not be for beginning traders - the book jumps right into a fairly technical 40-page introduction about their trading model and systems, which are all standardized on volatility, a brilliant stroke. Lots of good trading system ideas outside of the realm of traditional technical analysis...