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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SPSS 12.0 Statistical Procedures Companion
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Marija Norusis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This one is a gem


"Entertaining statistics" may seem like an oxymoron, but this book succeeds remarkably well, with practical, lively, and focused discussions of commonly used statistical procedures. Parts of it are even quite funny, an unexpected bonus. A wide range of statistical procedures are covered, from basic descriptive statistics to complex models. Numerous handy tips appear throughout the book, helping the reader avoid common statistical pitfalls. For the researcher doing statistics who needs a statistics guide that is comprehensive, down to earth, and easy to follow, this book is a fabulous resource.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Integrated Circuits (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan, Borivoje Nikolic
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good compilation of articles.


This book is a must have for everyone planning to or currently designing vlsi high performance circuits. Covers initials/reviews of mos transistors from mid-to-deep physics to simple components and then to further more complicated circuits. Interesting to mention that the authors compile a set of related articles published on highly respected journals. Cons are that many times those coverage are superficial, condensed to one page and leads you to deeper research on the original references. Pros are that you have, in only one place, a whole compilation of good articles in the area. I think this is the most interesting aspect of the book, because once you study the concepts covered, you have good knowledge to understand those articles. Overall, the book outperforms many other books, both in coverage and in the level of detail on each topic.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exceptional Effort but be Warned


First of all, this is a fine book. It is loaded with valuable nuggets and insight that I have yet to find in similar books. I agree with all of the other reviewers that Rod's style is great and that his strong opinions (based on obviously extensive experience) are a welcome relief to the simple re-organization of Sun's specification and/or design pattern recommendations.
ONE CAUTION! Some of the framework code outlined in the book COULD be considered overly complex for many circumstances. Ironically, Rod would probably respond that the high degree of abstraction would IMPROVE the usability and maintainability of any J2EE application. However, I believe that excessive abstraction, in an of itself, can become a maintenance (and training) nightmare (look at the sheer complexity of the interface inheritance in the data access framework from Chapter 9 alone). His solutions to Data Access and Application infrastructure are so sophisticated that they qualify as a framework worthy of open source momentum on their own. The downside of this, of course, is that your development team must invest in understanding these sophisticated hierarchies since they are unlikely to have encountered them in any previous role. Unless you have a VERY stable team of highly skilled designers/developers, be cautious of trying to implement such frameworks. Instead, the downsides of more simple (albeit less flexible) approaches are usually outweighed by the reduction in training or the likelihood that transient resources will be able to contribute more quickly. Nonetheless, a great book and worthy of my ** All-Star ** category.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent/Fantastic Book


This book is really well written and organized. Prior to reading this book, I always thought of COM as a magic. However, after reading 450 pages, I no longer think of COM as magic :-). Rather, I now fully understand the concepts behind it. COM is NOT dead yet. In order to fully understand COM+ and .NET remoting and component framework, one needs to fully understand what COM did (and is doing) for us.