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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
All in one resource pit-stop.

This is a great book because it gives a brief introduction to many topics regarding web programming. True, there are a lot of things that are left out, and the book is very "Javacentric". However, even when I'm trying to do something that isn't discussed by the author, such as CGI using Perl, I am able to understand some of the important issues that can potentially cause problems, and continue on.
One of the things that seems to be the norm these days is that with the rapidly changing face of the computer industry, it is no longer possible to buy just one book on a topic and have it be reliable for years. That is the case with this book. In fact, one of the reasons I like this book so much is that it doesn't go into a lot of detail on any one subject. If I need to go farther with a particular topic, I get myself a different book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent use case book

Alistair is _the_ master of use cases, with many years of consulting, teaching, and careful thought. I suspect no one knows more about what use cases are, or should be, than the author. The advice in this book shows the polish of much practice and feedback, with insights and tips from the small-scale notational to large-scale process context. I recommend buying this book and making it the cornerstone bible of our use case practice. His emphasis that use case work is about writing text and stories, and fulfilling goals, not diagramming or relating things, is an important message.
Don't be put off the entire book by his use of icons for different use case levels, or the early emphasis on levels and use case taxonomy. The icons are optional and minor. And although the discussion of levels and goals may at first seem a diversion, those who have consulted with use cases for some time are painfully aware that many projects get tied up in a knot during use case modeling by mixing up use cases from different levels, or by writing them at too low a level. The subject is more practical than may first appear.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Win32 Kernel objects made clear

I have all three editions of this book and the 3rd is the best. This book is 'it' for Win32 programming. Its hard to imagine how it could be improved on. (Well, Ok, MS could kill 'Whimpy Windows' and just do NT, then all the "This doesn't work on Win95" references could be dropped, but thats a Gates decision as to when idiots will stop wasting their time on bad O/S'es) I write a lot of low level systems programming code and just couldn't do my job without this book. If you subscribe to MSDN or get MSJ you'll be familiar with Richter as he is the author of most Win32 columns and techmical articles for Microsoft. I don't know what else to say except I never posted a review of this book before because I couldn't imagine anyone working in a Win32 environment without it. If you had to choose two books to take to a desert island choose K&R and Richter. I'd buy it if it cost $500.00, enought said? Go for it!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Neural Networks
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Laurene V. Fausett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clear and Well Organized

I'm a senior in a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program, and am researching ANN's for a professor. I had almost no knowlege of ANN's, and had tried finding a good overview of the subject as well as a clear description of algorithms used in ANN's. After looking at three other books, I was relieved to find this one. Also, it's organizational structure is the most sensible I've seen.