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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Estimation with Applications to Tracking and Navigation
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Yaakov Bar-Shalom, X. Rong Li, Thiagalingam Kirubarajan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on estimation/Kalman filter

I don't usually write online reviews but this book is so clear and useful that I really want to recommend it to others. It is well written with a good outline and summary for every chapter. It also has a pretty diverse range of topics on estimation, including an introductory chapter on basic estimation approaches (e.g., ML, MAP, least squares), and very practical extensions (e.g., state augmentation, square-root filters). Even though I am not in EE and some of the examples are thus not particularly helpful to me, I still find this book one of the best of all the estimation/Kalman filter books out there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's SQL for SQL Server
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Bryan Syverson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Murach's SQL for SQL Server

I realize everyone gave it 5 stars but my question to all of them is did you read the entire book? This book is absolutely excellent..... for a reference book and a quick refresher book on How To ... but it does not teach. Teaching is more than a quick synopsis page of what the command does and a page of reiteration of that same info. True the Murach style of side to side page of one topic is a very good thing but... teaching is not a complete chapter on some topic with a conclusion (Perspective) at the end. Teaching requires additional lessons and exercises at least at the end of each chapter to reinforce and to give hands on for the material just covered. This book after the first two chapters has none. Zilch, nada, zero. No reinforcing exercises what so ever. You have your "How To's" on each two pages, a usual one paragraph conclusion and terms reiteration at the end of each chapter and then on to the next chapter. Yes you can learn from this style but it will be a bit difficult and it is one of the very few books I have ever had in my 18 years of IT where there were no additional re-inforcing exercises to "cement" what you just learned. No hands on after the chapter. That cost this book a 3 Star rating. BTW, I completed the whole book before I wrote this. I am going to have to get another SQL book to assist in "cementing" the How To's into my skillset.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Julian Templeman, Andy Olsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book

Some of the reviews appear to refer to a C# version of this book - don't know why, but it needs to be looked into by amazon.
I found this C++ book to be invlauble when navigating the new 2003 VS and associated features. It is not a how to learn C++ book and the title misleading. It s a book hoever for those who know C++ (intermediate level) but need to learn to negotiate (a) the Visual Studio interface and IDE (which has changed from 2002) and (b) get a basic grasp of .net framework, clr etc under their belt.
The book is very good at meeting the requirements of (a) in my opinion. It is clear and to the point about how to use the new IDE. The exmaple code is not overly sophisticated either whihc is a boon at many levels if your are a student.
In the matter of (b), there isa chapter explainign how COM and ActiveX have essentially been terminted in the new framework. If you don't know COM and ActiveX components, ou will get very little out of it however.
My main criticism of the (b) aspects of the book is that they measure up quite poorly against several other excellent MS books covering VB in .net, especially Balena. MS has had a change of heart about C++ and was considering canning it in the expectation that C# would replace it eventually. Despite this change of heart MS have not produced anywhere near the quality of their other 'VS language+framework' textbooks.
If you are learnign C++ nad have only Visual Studio 2003 at your disposal then this is a clear text fro gettign going in the IDE. However, if you already knwo C++ and have a grasp of the IDE then the book will give you the bones of .net framework but nowhere near quality of material found in the several other framewark texts. Nevertheless, I give it five stars because it is so clearly written and easy to follow.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Poorly organised

Over the past year I have purchased about 5 different XML books. I bought each book because they had at least one chapter on XSL - most XML books had nothing. Finally, a book comes out the discusses in depth everything you wanted to know about XSL translations. I like the book because it covers all of the currently available XSL parsers. This book is excellent for the Web developer or programmer who is interested in using XML/XSL translations. The book is an excellent companion to Wrox's other XML book, "Professional XML."