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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is simply OUT OF RANGE. I rate it 11.


Can't be described with adjectives, but I'll try. This is, simply put, a book that everybody interested, or potentially capable to understand top level as well as obscure and inner relationships between mathematics, Information Technology, language theory, music, brain structure/thought processes, and genetics definitely HAS to read. I especially liked, or better to say, loved, this book because many concepts in it were exactly the written-down versions of some vague thinking I had done, often unconsciously, in the past, being engaged or interested in most of those knowledge fields. Seeing those ideas dumped to a book available to anybody in such a clear, straightforward form, was really shocking for me at first. After having read the book don't-know-how-many times, the summer was finished. I then realized this book absorbed me in all of my free time. There is almost nothing, even in such a huge book, I could disagree. Perhaps the interleaved form in which concepts are presented confused me at first, but once the reader gets used to this layout (pardon! PATTERN), it greatly adds to the fun of reading on and to the percent of understanding of the underlying analogies between so many different worlds. Years after having read this book, thanks to a congress in Milan, I had the incredible chance to host Douglas and his children at my home for an unforgettable dinner. Needless to say, my copy of "G.E.B." now has Douglas' autograph on it.... what a honor!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Radia Perlman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book for Beginners to WAN


I have just recieved this book yesterday , as this book lives to the expectations , I havent read a better book to understand about Layer2 , there are lots of books available for Routing and understanding of Routable Protocols , this book goes quite in depth on Framing , Bridging , VLAN , etc. This book is a must have for any one who wants to master Switching , and for anyone who wants to pursue CCNP and CCIE R/S track .
Navin Parwal MCSE, CCNP ,CCDP, CQS1



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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the best java book!


I have read pretty much every book that the RI CLAN library system has on java and general computer programming and I have never seen a better book on java developement. It taught me almost everything I know about java, and I have read every almost edition. Although I regret that this version does not have as much coverage of threads, awt interfaces, or applets as the 2nd edition, it has better coverage of OOP and I finally figured out how to get the jdk command line tools to work! This book is perfect for anyone of beginner or intermediate knowlege of Java, or it will teach you java and OOP from scratch! Also good to buy as a desk refrence for all those difficult functions.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Marshall Kirk McKusick, George V. Neville-Neil
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Has advantages over linux


For some 15 years or more, Addison-Wesley has published a set of definitive books on Unix, C and the Internet. It is a pleasure to see that this FreeBSD book continues that tradition.

The book goes into a detailed explanation of FreeBSD's kernel and associated matters. Strictly for the experienced unix programmer or systems developer. At the core of the kernel are many algorithms. It is these and their data structures that are the essence of this book. Also worthy of mention is the inclusion of exercises at the end of each chapter. Given that we have an algorithms book, the subject lends itself readily to probing questions, and it is nice that the authors chose to do so.

We also have a discussion of FreeBSD versus linux. In recent years, linux has grown hugely, and has overtaken FreeBSD. The authors face this issue squarely. That is, if you are choosing a unix to develop on, why pick FreeBSD? The main point is that for anything you make under it, you do not have to fold back into the main FreeBSD thread, by revealing or relinquishing the source code or any other intellectual property.