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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference book.

Don't buy this book if you want to read about ASP, but if you need a good reference guide, this is it. I use this book every day. This is a great book to look up methods and properties, check their return values, arguments, etc. Good sections on ADO and the Filesystem object as well. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good but Flawed Overview of Post-Genomics Technology Trends

On the whole, this is a good read, integrating and extrapolating contemporary trends in national wealth & technology (especially genomics). Yet these insights suffer from several flaws. First is the uncritical idolatry of Craig Venter. Sure he pioneered excellent work in shotgun sequencing whole genomes. Yet Celera has now dumped Venter & their sequencers & the sale of genomic sequences (derived in part from PUBLIC information, I might add--although you wouldn't know it from *this* book), and is now in the business of finding new pharmaceuticals. This whole issue raises some important questions (like, "Who should legally 'own' gene sequence data?") that are nowhere addressed here. You can bet that the author spent NO TIME talking with Eric Lander, Francis Collins or other leaders of the public project. And there are business models besides Venter's (e.g., Big Pharma's public SNP consortium). Secondly, his chapter "Sleepless (and Angry) in Seattle"--on opposition to Globalization--is weak and vapid in the extreme. Apparently, there aren't any potential problems with rampant bioengineered tradition-busting world capitalism. Nor is there anything traditional worth salvaging from the slaughter. Enriquez' version of technology lacks vision, prioritization or leadership--its pure gang-busters. This might be fine, given leaders with moral authority a la Peter Drucker. But in our too-real post-Enron/WorldCom/Tyco world of sleazy ethics, criminal accounting and unabashed greed, I find it remarkably naive. And the environment? No problemo--global warming, air/water pollution, the fossilization of fossil fuel economies, & natural resource depletion notwithstanding. The anti-Globalization movement has some very important points that are sadly overlooked here. That said, the book offers a largely comprehensive and integrative look at the convergence of technologies facing us in the 21st century.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The best of its kind

This is certainly the best book on algorithms and data structures that I know of. Each chapter presents a different type or set of problem(s) and the data structures and methods that are necessary to solve these problems. After reading this book, one will know the benefits of one data structure to another, and when to use one and not the other. The proofs that are supplied are often lengthy, but one is capable of getting a lot out of the book without necessarily understanding all the proofs. One of the drawbacks is that the book does not include data structures that have been discovered over the past ten years, since the book is a decade old. Skip lists are one data structure that comes to mind. Readers are encouraged to supplement this book with more recent material. For teachers, this book can serve as the text for a course in data structures or algorithms; there is a clear point at which the text becomes more based on algorithms like the Traveling Salesman problem, Dijkstra's algorithm, Prim and Kruskal, et. al, which should perhaps me moved to a second course.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop 7 Wow! Book
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners!

While this book appears to be great for advanced users, it is certainly not a beginning photoshop book. After reading the previous reviews, I thought this book had it all. After purchasing it I was disappointed. It does not cover the basics as I had expected. If your looking for an introductory book please look elsewhere. However, I do look forward to using it once my skills have improved.