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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective STL: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Use of the Standard Template Library
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"Hat Trick" for Scott

This is the third book by Scott Meyers that I've owned. It is, as expected, a joy to read. I find Scott's style of writing easy to follow. Although, I suspect you could find everything that's in this book elsewhere, it would be several elsewhweres. Scott wraps it all up in one neat package. I guess I would summarize its utility in one sentence: "BUY THIS BOOK!"

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Objectives missing

There are no information on 3 exam objectives: Common architectures, Legacy connectivity, and Messaging. That is why I give the book 2 stars. This book is ONLY useful as a study guide, and as such it must be complete.
The objectives that are covered, are covered in a very short and consise way, which is fine for a study guide, but is not enough if you really want to learn the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Useful but can be misleading

I was a complete newcomer to the field of bioinformatics before I read this book, and now I can't get enough; it's written with a genuinely remarkable passion, clarity and grace. Like virtuoso musicians, Ms Gibas and Mr Jambeck hit all the right notes and really make this material sing. Talk about laying down the law on Perl scripts! This book revolutionized my approach to computational biology, and I'd highly recommend it for anyone with any level of interest or experience (novices and grizzled veterans alike) in this exciting scientific frontier.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Well... It *was* fun to read

This is a great book if you're someone who knows little about UI Design. If you've been around UIs for a bit, then stay away, you'll find it to be a waste of time. The author explains basic concepts of UI design and provides an example or two. He does a good job at explaining his simple concepts, so this book might be a great way to start with IU design.
Mr. Spolsky makes the book lots of fun to read by including entertaining, yet educational, anecdotes. The book is a bathroom-read... buy it an read a chapter or two in letrine. :)
The book was ok, but I was expecting more substance.