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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I shouldn't even waste my time writing the review.


With Cisco Press titles, you generally take a 50/50 chance on getting something worth your time and $$. This book is a big waste of both. I have a-lot of respect for anyone who can stick with writing a book, and getting it published. I have less for this one, since a good portion of it is strait out of CCO, and the bits and pieces that are original, are plagued with errors. I hope whoever reviewed this book at least caught all of the spelling errors, because they missed every technical issue that could be missed. I will say that from a blueprint perspective, this book lays out all of the topics for study. Unfortunatly you'll have to go to other sources to get anything useful on the topics. I recommend you hit the "back" button on your browser and search for some books that are really going to help you. Doyle, Clark, Halabi, Perlman, etc.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A little more than I expected


Having never gone to university (I sadly went to a small community college and am, for the most part, self-taught), I didn't know exactly what to expect from this book. From other reviewers, I gathered that this was "the book" on algorithms. I pretty much got the feeling that if I truly wanted a firm grasp on some of the programming algorithms in use out there, this was the book to buy. Boy, was I wrong...

As stated by CJB in his (or her) review (sorry, can't tell your gender by initials ;)), this book seems to be geared towards computer scientists, not so much programmers (and I agree - there IS a huge difference). If you don't have a fairly formal background in math, a fair amount of this book may be a bit over your head (trust me, I know from my sub-university-level math knowledge). Also, if you're not used to (or don't like) reading dry university-style text, then this book probably won't be for you.

However...

If you enjoy challenging yourself (I do), and don't mind spending time on Google looking up things that you don't understand at first, this book may (somewhat) be what you're looking for. One thing I really enjoyed about this book (that other people seemed to dislike) is the pseudocode. If you're a programmer (who knows what they're doing, i.e. not learning the language), seeing an algorithm in pseudocode, no matter what the style is, should be all that you need (and, generally, what you're looking for in a book). The syntax of the implementation is the easy part. I found that by stripping out most of the mathematical junk (the analysis - hey, I only really need to know which one's faster given the current circumstances), I was able to gain a lot from this book.

But again... If you choose to purchase this book (definitely not a waste of money, as some reviewers would have you believe), be prepared for some difficult reading - especially if you're like me and haven't done the whole university thing.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Authors: ANDREW S. GROVE
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Drivel


People are like corporations? Get a life! This book has been studiously ignored by even the mainstream business press who otherwise worship anything associated with Intel. If you must buy this book, wait until it hits the remainders table



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Neural Network Recipes in C++
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Masters
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is a big lie


On a scale of 1 to 5, I wanted to rate this book as zero. On page 423, this book says "Complete code can be found on the accompanying disk." This is a big lie. The author only gives partial listing in the accompanying disk, which completely makes you beserk. You can never understanding this book, when the codes are given incomplete. He is like giving a final exam to his students, where he is requiring his students to complete his codes. It may be OK if he hides some of his codes, but he should not lie. It is this advertisement that he is providing the complete code that induced me to buy his book.

Since he is holding some of the codes, the source codes provided in the disk will never build.