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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really serious about reaching the whole net?


If you really want to reach everyone on the net without alienating anyone, this is your gospel. If your creative interests and impressing yourself and your friends are more important, don't waste your time on this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The UNIX Book


Albeit this book was published in 1984 and when I started learning UNIX some ten years later, many of minor details were already a bit out-of-date, I believe that it will still be a marvel for those who work on modern UNIX/Linux systems, since the details are ever changing, the commands may differ from system to system, but the philosophy behind the UNIX technology stays the same, and this is what this book is all about. Written in a great style, resembling to that of another Kernighan's famous book "C programming language", compact and clear, this book is a true classic, one of (unfortunately) very few examples of long living technical books in our rapidly changing world. In short, it's highly recommended for those of fledging programmers or sysadmins who feel that UNIX is too cumbersome and messy to understand; it suits well for beginners and intermediates, who want to feel at UNIX as at home. And don't be scared with some out-of-date details: they are really minor... view them as UNIX history ;-)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Elements of Statistical Learning
Publisher: Springer
Authors: T. Hastie, R. Tibshirani, J. H. Friedman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful book on data mining


I use data mining tools in my financial engineering and financial modeling work and I have found this book to be very useful. This book provides two crucial types of information. First, it provides enough theory to allow a potential user to understand the essential insights that motivate specific techniques and to evaluate the situations in which those technique are appropriate. Second, the book gives the exact algorithms to implement the various techniques. While no book I have seen covers every data mining methodology available, this one has the strongest coverage I have seen in additive models, non-linear regression, and CART/MART (regression/classification trees). It also has very strong coverage in many other areas. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fast Track to MDX
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Mark Whitehorn, Mosha Pasumansky, Robert Zare
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book does what it says on the cover


This book does what it says on the cover. And it does it very well. It takes you quickly and clearly through the basic concepts of OLAP cubes and the terminology. It introduces the structure of the MDX language then gets you to understand the usage through clear examples. The best thing about the Authors' style is that the examples build up from the question
"what do I want to do?" and end up with the line of code. I like this style. I prefer to learn how to tackle a problem than buying a book with a long list of solutions. The latter chapters introduce you to the advanced concepts and features, again with good examples. The book doesn't tell you how to sit down at SQL analysis services or Cognos Transformer and create a cube. It doesn't teach you to be a master of any of the OLAP clients. It does give you a basic understanding of how OLAP servers and clients work and, if you understand what is under the hood, you can see how to tackle your own problems, start to build your own solutions and get more from your data. This is not one of those big, every function and every option reference books.
This is a very readable book that will help you understand the subject.