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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Stuart J. Russell, Peter Norvig
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantistic Introduction to an Interesting Field


AI: A Modern Approach is a great introduction to a good range of topics in the field of AI. Going into this book, I knew nothing of AI. The first few chapters cover intelligent agents, searching, and various search algorithms such as the basics like Depth-First and Breadth-First, and then the book introduces some more intelligent algorithms like A*, SMA*, Iterative Deepening, and a few more. Other topics included in the book are planning, logic (if you're new to logic, I might recommend some supplimentary material; it's very important to understand everything if you're interested in AI). I've read several introductory books on AI, and I would definately rate this one as the best!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Overview Of Telecom Technology


The Essential Guide to Telecommunications is probably one of the most well written and useful telecom books you will find..
Annabel Z. Dodd does a great job in capturing a snapshot of the current telecom industry, in all of its different flavors. You will find technical overviews of numerous telecom technologies and transport methods. These include business telephone systems, circuit switching, local and long distance networks, cable, wireless, cellular and PCS, paging, Voice Over IP, satellites, broadband services, DSL, T-1's, ISDN, ATM, and much, much more.
Dodd's writing is understandable and enjoyable to read. Even those with little or no technical knowledge should be able to understand the text. The author seems to assume that the reader has only a minimal amount of technical knowledge, but does know something about the telecom industry in general. This is the perfect book for telecom salespeople who want to learn more about the products and services they are selling, or for those who just want to keep up-to-date on the latest in telecom technology.
This book not only gives you explanations of how various telecom technologies work, but compares them side-by-side from both technical and practical (business) points of view.
Where and when does using a wireless network make sense? What type of fiber offers the most capacity? How many T-1's are in a T-3? You will find the answer to all of these questions and more in The Essential Guide to Telecommunications. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process Made Easy: A Practitioner's Guide to Rational Unified Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Per Kroll, Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for RUP beginners


For years, the only intro for RUP was Philippe Kruchten's book. And it was not enough... Then Larman's book came out (the great one, no doubt!), but this book is too much for someone who wants to understand process without going into UML discussions (the main purpose of Larman's book)."Rational Unified Process Made Easy" finally closes the gap.Even if you know (or think you know) RUP, it would be a good idea to buy this one.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
C++ features horriblly glued together


I remember having had a hard time reading the previous edition of this book. I was pleased to see that the author greatly improved his writing style, making the information more easy to grab at first reading, though being more thorough and detailed. This book is definitely fun to read for the intermediate or experienced C++ programmer. For a beginner, it still may not be the easiest way to learn C++, I would rather recommend Lippman's C++ Primer. But anyway, this book is definitely a must. Thank you Bjarne !