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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
Finite Element Analysis in the real world

When you think of any books written about Finite Element Analysis, you think theory with reference to meaningless applications. This book is the exception to the norm. The book, from front to back, reviews basic theory and applies it to practical applications that you can relate to the real world. It has the right mix of theory and practical knowledge which will help inexperienced engineers while enlightening and refining skills of experienced engineers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good to get you started and teach you the basics

No need for a long review as I agree with the others. I'm a project manager and learning SQL because I need it for some development work I'm completing. Spend a weekend reading this book and you'll be productive with SQL. It won't teach or give you examples of complex queries, but it will get you started. And it's proved useful as a reference several times already. Some of the best money I've spent...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must have book for professional ASP.NET developers

When it comes to technical books, I usually spend a lot of time browsing through books (in the book stores) and reading reviews (in the internet) before commiting myself to a title. After all, technical books are not cheap and there is nothing more frustrating than one that has been badly written.
The C# version of the book had great reviews and, most importantly, was pitched at a level that went beyond the beginners level. Although many books do not dare to miss the beginners bit, I was happy to see that this book had ommitted it as, once you have mastered the basic stuff, wasting a good part of the book with it can be a bit annoying.
In spite of being a VB.NET programmer, the C# version of the book offered me the chance to see how professional developers designed a complete web site using a very clever three-tier, modular architecture. Moreover, the variety of techniques used in the different modules of the book allowed me to see first-hand the different tools that can be used to perform similar tasks (e.g. the use of XSL to create pages content from XML documents). In spite of being months old, the book still hasn't visited the shelf as a lot of the solutions I have developed are based on the examples shown in it.
The VB.NET version of the book (which I bought I soon as soon as I could), is not only as good as the original (a lot of the content has been copied verbatim), but obviously much more useful if you develop in VB.NET. The book has allowed me to learn a lot of VB.NET syntax I was not aware of and, most importantly, has thrown some light into some aspects that were not clear in the C# version of the book (partly due to my inexperience in that language). The code has been beautifully laid out (one of the shortcomeings of the C# version) and simple things like the naming conventions are much more obvious and consistent in the VB.NET edition of the book. Furthermore, you even get extra content that was not present in the C# version of the book (e.g. how to log errors in a simple file instead of the system log).
Although I would recommend either version of the book, the VB.NET edition is, in a way, an iteration of the C# edition and, as such, has a lot of the refinements and corrections you would expect from a second edition. Overall, I feel this is a must have book for people who earn a living out of this.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Charles Poynton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource!!!

This is an excellent book especially if you are an engineer like me who is working on Digital TV and HDTV products. It could also serve as an excellent textbook for college courses. I finished reading the book in about 5 days, and now I feel very confident about my HDTV knowledge. Make sure that you read the errata on the author's webpage before you start reading the book.