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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I think i'll take K & R 's book to my grave....

This is, contrary to the Australian and SF reviewers below, the book that defines what is the C programing language, by the people who created the C programing language. What seems to have been missed is that this is not a happy-happy joy-joy "We'll hold your hand while you stumble through a book written for elementary school children, that teaches you trivial concepts about programing while learning nothing substantive."
This book is not for amateurs nor newbies. Reviews that criticize it for that are from people who simply have no clue.
It is quite simply the most important resource for programming in C for anyone who is actually concerned about the actual definition and capabilities of the language. You can in fact learn C by reading this book, but I wouldn't recommend it for that. I would recommend it to someone who knows how to program, knows the basics of C, and needs a reference for "how things really work, deep down in the core of the langauge."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Recommended for beginner.

A very good first book for J2 beginner. You may start learning Java 2 v1.3 from this book. Some previous Object Oriented Programming experience like C++ may help for faster understanding but not absolutely necessary.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Authors Know Just Enough To Be Dangerous

I bought this book looking for a deeper source of Windows XP information. While I am already very familiar with most versions of windows, still there were things that I had questions about in windows 2000 and xp.While this book covered a lot of basic information that I already knew, it was not all to waste. I was able to get in-depth information on home networking, tcp/ip, file sharing & security, user accounts, shortcuts, file management, tricks & ideas for internet explorer, windows media player, outlook, handling hard disks, and so on. This book is a windows encyclopedia filled with good examples and things you can do with windows that you could not know about.Since windows xp has a lot of windows 2000, it does serve as an instructional manual for both OSes.I have already taken care of a lot of things that I learned from this book. I was able to set up my home network & manage user accounts in a different way. File sharing & security chapters were also very helpful.
Check this out. If you think you know everything in windows xp, think again.Like the title of the book says "xp inside out," here you will most of the answers to your questions.Warning: This book is very broad and has a lot of information. I do not recommend it for a beginner or any casual home user, as you will only get bored with so much information that, if you do not understand windows very well, you may find irrelevant. I do, however, recommend it to serious users who want to take a deeper look.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace (For Your Organization!)
Publisher: Productivity Press Inc
Authors: Hiroyuki Hirano
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Operational Excellence Team Member (Allvac)

This book does an outstanding job of conveying the need to start with 5s as the building block of Lean Manufacturing. The material covered is easy to understand and easily conveyed to the employees who are impacted by these practices. I would recommend this book to anyone considering going lean.