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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
"OK" for a beginner, but not for the Corporate World

I am a business analyst. This book doesn't have models that I have used in the business world. The example models are very basic in form and execution. There is no way that I would show the CFO these models. There are a few interesting pages. I will keep the book on my shelf for a reference.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Data Compression, Second Edition
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Khalid Sayood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Math heavy, maybe that's why I loved it

This book was very math intensive on one hand, though on the other hand the pictorial descriptions of compression algorithms made it easy to flip through the book and decide which algorithms were applicable for you. All in all, a great book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(TM) Developer's Guide to Eclipse, The (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim D'Anjou, Scott Fairbrother, Dan Kehn, John Kellerman, Pat McCarthy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Continues to be excellent reference for Eclipse developers

The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse (JDG2E), 2nd edition,
is an updated version of the original popular
and very useful bible for Eclipse developers.
The first book to truly cover Eclipse 3.0 extensively
in both the usage of the IDE (how to use Eclipse) and in developing
plug-ins (how to extend Eclipse), it remains my "bible" in
developing Eclipse plug-ins. Many developer resources as extensive
as this one suffer from the "can't open it anywhere" syndrome.
I rarely have time to read a book from cover to cover at one (or adjacent)
setting. I like a book to use more as a reference, to look up what I want
to do and find a snippet of code, or an idea, to get me on my way.
This book is great in that respect - countless parts of my own plug-ins
have started from a code snippet found in one of the chapters.

The examples are simple enough to follow, in chunks that don't
require you to have read the whole book, but interesting enough
to show you some of the really useful intricacies of Eclipse.

The authors are experienced in training Java developers in Eclipse
plug-in development, and their experience shows in their practical
explanations, example code, and in the exercises included
on the CD in the back of the book.
I have so far only browsed the information on the CD but there
is much supplemental information there in additional to the provided

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not much help to a regular researcher

I do lots of web-based research for my job. I have to find obscure statistics, reports, papers, articles, and various other difficut-to-find information. I thought that this book would help me use Google more effectively, but really it didn't. It is more for computer buffs rather than researchers who use Google for research. A lot of the suggestions and tips involved using some kind of code which I didn't know what it meant and a lot of them were silly kind of things like how to make your screen appear backwards or upside down. It covered the basic important things like "word order matters," and how to use "and" and "or" when searching. There were a few slightly helpful tips, but not enough to make it worth it to buy the whole book. I'm sure the book might be great for other purposes, just not for your run-of-the-mill researcher who is pretty computer savy, but not really "into" computers for a hobby.