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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Only a starting step for learning the UNIX operating system.

This book is only a tiny part of your very first step to learning the UNIX system for the first time. Although it covers some very important basics of UNIX, it sure is not even close to being a source enough for a complete start to UNIX. This book is not intended for that, therefore if you are someone who would like to have a detailed start to UNIX, buy another book. It starts with some general information about UNIX and proceeds to teach how to log in and out, but covers only the most basic commands. There is too much general information which is more suitable for people who are not familiar with operating systems at all. It doesn't cover any commands for the editors in UNIX, which means you will have to purchase another book. It has around 7 chapters, which could be covered in 2 if you take out all the unnecessary text. It certainly is not suitable for a programmer wishing to get into UNIX fast and complete.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Mandatory reading... Deal with it.

If you're looking at this, I'm sorry. I'm sorry because you've no way out of using this text for your graduate E and M course. (Unless you're at MIT where this is the required torture, uh... I mean text for the undergrad course.) As other comments state, nearly every grad-EM course uses this text. It doesn't matter what opinions are held about this work. It's very comprehensive, and very general. If you honestly plod through it, you can learn loads.

However, for practical advice, I recommend using Griffiths' EM book during the first semester as a supplement. I said "first semester," because if you can't figure out how to get through Jackson by the end of the first semester, you need to rethink ambitious dreams of a graduate degree in Physics. Reworking the problems in Griffiths' chapters 3 and 4 will go a long way in helping you understand the first three chapters of Jackson and they should be worked before the course begins.

This method has helped me, and hopfully it can help you. In any case... Good luck!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: Vince Adams, Abraham Askenazi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great wealth of information in one source!

This book is a MUST HAVE for design/analysis engineers. I wish I had this book prior to writting my Master's thseis. It would have saved me several all-nighters! Good job Abe and Vince..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for the Total Beginner

This is a great book for the total beginner to Visual Basic. It assumes you know nothing. To the people that wrote stuff like "this book was ok, but it only had the basics" - then buy a book that wasn't intended for beginners! This was written for the TOTAL beginner, it starts at the bottom and explains things in a very simplistic fashion.