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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Build a Speech Recognition Application: Second Edition: A Style Guide for Telephony Dialogues
Publisher: Enterprise Integration Group
Authors: Bruce Balentine, David P. Morgan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have book for speech application developers


Developing speech applications is not easy to master. Even with VoiceXML becoming more widely adopted, there are a lot of intricacies that that a developer must understand. This book will provide you with a solid foundation to become an effective speech application developer.
The book did very well in presenting the limitations of the current speech recognition technology (dialog design, large vocabularies, promtp design, etc.) and made suggestions on how to overcome such problems in specific situations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 2 : Generating All Tuples and Permutations (Art of Computer Programming)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a solid compendium of challenging problems


This preliminary excerpt from Knuth's Volume 4 will please all the fans of his seminal first three volumes. The didactic style is the same. So too is the very distinctive Tex typeface. (You know that he invented Tex, don't you?)

Of course, there are the problem sets. This little book has two sections. In each are 112 problems. Strewth! Knuth thoughtfully gives an estimate next to each of how long it will take you to solve it. Those estimates probably refer to someone of his calibre. I've attempted most of the problems in his earlier volumes and could typically only get within a factor of two of the time estimate. And this was only when I could actually solve a problem.

The book addresses a gap in the literature of computer science. Research papers in journals or books of conference proceedings do not usually present you with problems. While introductory texts do, but those are simple. Very difficult to find a solid compendium of challenging problems.

Such is the attraction of this book to me and perhaps to you. The potential readership is exclusive and self selecting. The only drawback is the wait for the rest of Volume 4.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book is not comprehesive


Lippman's book is sooooooo frustrating! It's like learning french from a book in japanese. Even the simplest concept is put into extremely obscure terms. The examples are awful. I am truly amazed that a book so bad got published. Lippman does know his stuff, but he cannot teach.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The JFC Swing Tutorial: A Guide to Constructing GUIs, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kathy Walrath, Mary Campione, Alison Huml, Sharon Zakhour
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book


This is a book for all to read. Whethe you are a programmer or an analyst this book is a must read.