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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Complete Wireless Design
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Cotter W. Sayre
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The wireless design programs alone are worth the price!


The free wireless circuit design and simulation software that comes with this book have proven extremely valuable to me, unlike many such programs that come with other electronics books. I am able to build a complete amplifier, filter, or oscillator and simulate it with one of the enclosed programs, Puff. This ups my confidence level that the design will function in real life. The other program, AppCad, will actually automatically design FET and bipolar amplifier bias circuits, detectors, microstrip, systems design calcs, etc. I hav'nt tried the EasyPLL phased locked loop design program or the Sonnet microwave simulation software.
Mr. Sayre's book has become one of the more popular ones on rf circuit design for a very good reason: It presents its material in such a way that even a software engineer such as myself can design many of the various bit and pieces of a voice or data radio by just using this one book. As far as I am concerned this is really an achievement, and is valuable to all who are interested in radio design from the low MHz to the high GHz regions. It covers a very large range of information needed on RF engineering, and not only discrete level circuit design, but also systems design, digital and analog modulation, testing and troubleshooting, PCB layout, propagation, EMI, prototyping, etc. It is a great rf book with a large variety of indispensable designs and formulas.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Oracle PL/SQL is a great introduction for novices


I was introducted to this book as a student at DeVry Institute of Technology located in Dallas, TX. While this book is not adequate for those with no knowledge of relational database methodology of SQL experience, it is a great reference and tutorial for those who have prior knowledge of basic SQL. The book provides many examples of coding, along with guides illustrating debugging techniques. For those interested in SQL or an introduction into relational databases, I suggest both the Modern Database Management book (ISBN: 0-8053-6054-9) and the LAN Times Guide to SQL book (ISBN: 0-07-882026-X).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not For Beginners!


Luckily I already had a solid handle on the basics of JavaScript before reading this book, because otherwise I'd be lost. One of the things every beginner programmer books needs is real-word examples of code with an explanation for almost EVERY line containing something new.
It sounds excessive, but if you want to learn something, that's how it works. This book, for example, seems to have devoted half a page to the built in Date() function - which is ridiculous! Dates in JavaScript are a big deal to me, and something I want to learn a lot about.
Ironically, the accompanying pocket reference that I happened to buy along with this book had more information concerning dates than the book, and answered the questions I had at the time, albeit with some guesswork on my part.
The only thing I will praise this book on for now (still going through it) is its chapter on the DOM - Document Object Model. So far it seems quite plentiful, which is good. I'm no JS buff, but it seems as if the DOM is a major part of the language.
Bottom line: do not buy this book if you're new to programming. If you already have a handle on variables, functions, arrays, and other such things, then you might be able to make do.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
First impressions are the most important.


For the most part, Kurose and Ross do a decent job of discussing networks and expanding your knowledge. However, some information they oversimplify to the point of being wrong. For instance, in their discussion of sequence number and acknowledgement generation they break down the TCP 3-way handshake and how data transfer impacts acks. Unfortunately, they fail on how FIN impacts these computations. There are more situations like this in the book, such as IP offsets. It is as if you were putting together a jigsaw puzzle. However, someone has trimmed some of the more intricate pieces, in an attempt to facilitate the puzzle being put together a little quicker. Unfortunately, this action has robbed you of some important details of the picture, and in the end it confuses the situation rather than bringing clarity.