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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Explains *and* entertains

I bought this book while I was a working professional. It is one of the few textbooks that I have ever read straight through, like a novel. In addition to making everything clear and interesting, the book was even funny at times! I didn't think that was allowed in textbooks. ;-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE SQL 2000 Administration Exam Cram (Exam: 70-228)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very weak, token effort of a book

Much of the content of this book involved repeating, over and over and over again, how to open SQL Enterprise Manager and work your way to right clicking a database name. Many pages are consumed detailing inane steps that even a beginner could quickly deduce. The book consumes 5 pages repeating nearly identical steps for performing Full, Differential, Transaction Log, and File/Filegroup, all of which are performed in the same dialog and all of which are fairly self explanatory. The explanations of CREATE DATABASE and ALTER DATABASE almost look like they were cut and pasted out of Books Online. The installation chapters teach you how to point and click your way through an installation...WOW, what a big help that is! DBCC command description are so brief that you must look them up in Books Online anyway. Overall, there is a total lack of depth and breadth on its subject. The content of Transcender exams, for example, (I haven't yet taken the test) goes into FAR more depth and detail than this book even hints at.
This is without question the laziest effort I've ever seen put into a book. I'm embarressed for the author and for Coriolis. There is absolutely no reason to spend money on this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C : The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William H. Press, Brian P. Flannery, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful tool, good background reference

Simply the best book on numerical calculations. The source code is similar to recipes in cooking. Never taste a recipe itself... but start cooking.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Howard Rheingold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
View for the near future.

Mr. Rheingold is a well know scientist that seems to write a book every two years on the next generation of technology. In this book, he focused on Mobile related technologies and the affects for our future. I found this book to be insightful and filled with upcoming knowledge on mobile trends.The best part of the Mr. Rheingold writting is his describtion on how mobile technology will affect society. Also his stories of globetrotting to various technical companies was interesting. If you are interested in the near future of mobile technology, this book is a very interesting book from the point of view of technology and society.