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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Better Name - Java Manual Pages


Ok, so I knew C++ before I started to read this book. Maybe thats why I found it pretty easy to understand.
But from the persepective of the beginner, I think this book might rush him into things a bit. Though the initial few pages are a bit helpful in understanding the basics, later chapters read more like manual pages. They are only helpful because they are a bit more explanative than Java Documentation, and they feature example code.
I would recommend this books to people who have grasped the basics of Object Oriented Programming (OOP). It is also good for experts for a quick review of many helpful Java classes.
Novies of programming should stay away from it for a while, until they have some experience in OOP.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


I feel all IT people should read this book! I learned tons of stuff about hacking and how to guard my systems!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent C++ Programming book.


This is the best C++ programming book for the real programmers from the father of C++. No one can better explain other than the father about his offshoot.
Bjarne is good technical book writer too... apart from programming...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Optimal Estimation
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Still the Best Introduction to Kalman Filters


I received the first copy of the book from my employers when I took a short-course in Kalman Filters to augment my systems knowledge for performing inertial navigation analysis work for missile engineering at TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. That was 20 years or so ago. I can say I have yet to see another book that can match or surpass this one in simplicity in explanations, background materials (linear algebra, linear differential equations, state variable theory - control systems aspect, and random processes), cover many varied areas of applications and nonlinear problems, present the practical discrete-time equations alongside the more theoretically based continuous-time equations and demonstrate their uses and meaning, and discuss practical implemetation issues, schematically depict difficult ideas, equations and concepts through well organized and coherent diagrams and tables, and design manageable and solvable problems as exercises for learning at the end of each chapter, all of these done in a small inexpensive paperback. The book, unlike most others I have read or browsed, does not in any way assume a priori knowledge or basic understanding of Kalman Filters or what they are all about, and presents enough fundamental materials written clearly and lucidly so that any motivated student or worker new to the field can pick up almost everything he or she needs for learning. Though the book is not quite not a theoretical landmark for the mathematically inclined (and makes no bones about it), yet it has enough derivations to make it rigorous in its presentation of the mathematics underlying Kalman Filtering. Perhaps the computer oriented students and professionals will be disappointed because the book predates Matlab, but it did well in the days when analytical software was often custom designed, tailored and developed for engineering and scientific applications. A brief summary - very readable and approachable, unpretentious writing style, a great learning guide for the uninitiated as well as the systems engineering practitioner.