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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: New Perspectives on Creating Web Pages with HTML Third Edition - Comprehensive
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Patrick Carey
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
From an very experienced, seasoned professional...


This book definitely deserves 5 stars from a beginners perspective... but, only because there is nothing by which a beginner can make a valid comparison. Reviews should be based on experienced professionals when reviewing non-fictional text especially in the area of education.I gave this book 1 star for its lack of professionalism... which will undoubtedly lead to confusion for a beginner in the area of HTML. This book uses examples and accompanying files with mixed cases (horrible introduction to file naming... leads to problems with UNIX-based OS's) which is NOT industry practice. Filenames should be all lowercase ... this is common, accepted practice and an EXTREMELY important issue when dealing with a beginner creating their first web site. There are many other issues dealing with mixed-cases that I will not delve into here. Another issue I had was with the *horrible* use of HTML syntax... some tag/element attribute values are quoted, some not... there's no explanation and seemingly it is done at random. This is extremely important when a beginner is trying to read HTML code for the first time... there's very little consistent structure and W3C (THE organization for HTML standards) recommends strongly that attribute values are quoted especially in regards to newer forms of strict HTML. Too many other issues to list in entirety here.In summation, I would strongly recommend NOT using this as a text for proper instruction of (especially as an introduction to) HTML. Also, I recommend the author(s) revisit the W3C site to re-learn their own HTML ... they should NOT be writing anything on this subject until they themselves have much experience in this area and have learned HTML well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Neural Network Recipes in C++
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Masters
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to build 'em - How to use 'em - And actual source code!


Easily the best treatment of neural networks I have ever read. Outstanding treatment of the innards, how they work, and years of practical experience boiled down into heuristics for programming (with optimized source code examples!), configuring, training, and evaluating nets. The theory is brilliantly explained within each topical context in lieu of boring chapters on NN theory and math. Mathematical expressions are used only where they add clarity and are not gratuitiously used where the author's excellent English can do the job. And talk about English! Masters is one of those phenoms who speak math and English with equal facility. The writing is simply outstanding. The book is so good it is hard to decide what parts are most valuable. Amazingly, it is as useful for the novice wanting to learn something about neural nets as it is for a professional looking for tips and techniques! I have made the book mandatory reading for my team of knowledge discovery scientists and engineers



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book - even for beginners!


I read this book with no background in MFC or windows programming, and came out with the ability to write a mid-range game. I'm not writing Quake, but the book is excellent for those who know and understand C++. The T3D library (included with the book) is excellent and makes programming MUCH easier. I believe that it is a better book for beginners than his Dummies book! The samples are plentiful and useful. Enjoy!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2000 Formulas
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
compels you to consider and use the rigors of logic


Mr. Walkenbach's book is interesting if only because it is so well written that it continually reinforces the imperative of sound logic in the design of spreadsheets. His instruction is very cogent; that cogency fosters an environment in which the reader is continually reminded of the concept that faulty assumptions several formulas back will pervert data which rely upon those faulty assumptions. If you can understand that concept intuitively as you design a spreadsheet--basically, if you can audit the logic and math of your spreadsheet--then you will go a long way with Excel (and other such applications of logic--be they programming, writing, etc.) In short, if you can focus on the rigor that Mr. Walkenbach applied to his book, then you can use that rigor in a variety of environments outside of Excel.