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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
love it

This book is my kind of read. Straight to the point, he tells you exactly what to do. By applying this book to my website I will save thousands of dollars in advertising. Now thats a great investment!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Start me up!

I've been studying Perl for 1 year and I felt that something is missing. When I bought this book I figured out that Regular Expressions, Debugging and many other things was not that difficult. Buy this book and in 21 days become an expert in Perl.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for Programming Microsoft Windows

A previous reviewer found the book "verbose" and complained about file handling being treated like a red-haired stepchild.
However, the purpose of this book is Programming Microsoft Windows using C#. The book is *not* a primer on the C# language. I suggest one of the O'Reilly books if you need a primer on the language itself.
For its stated purpose, the book is encyclopedic and masterful. However, to get the best value from this book follow the author's advice and throw away the accompanying CD. No real programmer ever learned a new language by reading about it and clicking on someone else's programmer. You must start at the beginning, read every page, and type in every sample yourself. It's time-consuming, but at the end you will have jump-started yourself to a point where you can really apply the language to Windows development.
Far from verbose, I was only disappointed that Petzold couldn't cover more graphics examples. Windows programming is a huge topic and 1200+ pages is just enough to cover the basics. But basics must be mastered before masters can be created.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms (Complex Adaptive Systems)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Melanie Mitchell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Theoretical GA Textbook

This book primarily deals with the theoretical side of genetic algorithms. If you are looking for practical knowledge of how to implement a GA you should look elsewhere. For all intents and purposes this is a textbook. It's heavy on theory and proofs, but doesn't always explain everything in depth (that's what class time is for). There are problems at the end of each chapter that can be assigned to students.

There are case studies of many academic projects that seem to drone on forever and aren't really that useful in helping you learn how to write your own GA. Chapter 1 gives an overview and provides all of the appropriate terminology. Chapter 5 gives an high-level overview of how to implement a GA. Those are the 2 must-read chapters, all of the others can be used as torture for CS students.

To recap, if you're teaching a class in artificial intelligence this book is good. If you're trying to figure out how to implement a GA to solve a practical problem not so good. That evens out to 3 stars for my rating. I recommend searching the web, there are a few good sites on GA programming.