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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Concurrent Programming in Java(TM): Design Principles and Pattern (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Lea
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


Simply a great book on concurrent programming in Java. This book and the class library the author provides are an awesome combination. While some of the information is Java specific, this book is much more about concurrent programming in general.
The author explains the primitive concurrency mechanisms provided in Java, such as Threads and Monitors, and then quickly moves on to higher level abstractions that embody many of the patterns found in multi-threaded applications. By encapsulating these, sometimes complex, patterns in reusable classes, the author shows how to maintain the separation of concerns between the concurrent aspects of the code and the logic of the task at hand.
This book contains a thorough discussion of the topic and extensive code - both examples and a reusable class library. This is a must read for every Java developer.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computational Statistics Handbook with MATLAB
Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC
Authors: Wendy L. Martinez, Angel R. Martinez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


Great buy..neatly Represented. Will always Recommend. For anybody who really want to use Matlab in Practice. I find this book great.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Measure of Man and Woman: Human Factors in Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Alvin R. Tilley
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Ergonomic design


Rich in visual and graphical material, calculations, diagrams and in-scale drawings of various humans (both sexes), in varous situations... Interesting and important reference tool for the industrial designer. (one of the very few available on the market today)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The core, the whole core, and nothing but the core.


If you're looking to really understand the core engine of SQL Server and how to optimize your code, this is a really good book. If you're a database architect, this book may be a little too microscopic for you, lacking in design strategy. Surprisingly, I think this is actually a great book for the DBA - the discussions on the underlying mechanics are second to none.
This book is named very appropriately. The author does an excellent job detailing what goes on under the hood of SQL Server. As an example, she exposes the details of the Bulk Change Map pages in database files and how they work in relationship with the Bulk Logged recovery mode, new to SQL Server 2000. It's one thing to read and memorize what can and can't be accomplished in Bulk Logged recovery mode, but it's a totally different feeling being enlightened on why it works the way it works. There are many core principles in how SQL Server operates that the author describes in detail.
Here what I wished to have seen more coverage on: 1. Replication - this book does not cover replication. There are other books that show you how to point and click (I guess those point-and-click picture books will be called "Outside SQL Server 2000"), but none I've seen go into the "Inside" level. 2. Distributed Partitioned Views - This book shows how to create a distributed partitioned views, but it stops there. There are very important design considerations such as knowing where to place your data so as to minimize joins across the network. 3. Indexed Views - Same as distributed partitioned views - ends at the "how to create". I'd like to see how it works under the hood. 4. One way to classify this book is that it is very "server-centric". Many of us work on systems of database servers that work in concert under the application layer. I'd like to see more inter-server ("system-centric") insights.
It really wouldn't be fair for me to ask for clustering or log shipping in this book - those really aren't developer issues. Clustering is much more of a Windows 2000 feature than a SQL Server feature. If you're interested in clustering or log shipping, check out the SQL Server 2000 Admin Companion and the SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit.
Given the microscopic details packed into about 1000 pages, I found myself relying on Books Online for supplement. Many times, however, this book is actually more in depth than Books Online. I do agree with a few other reviewers that there's a lot of similarity with the version 7.0 of this book; however, there are many aspects of the products that are the same as well. If you really read the two books, though, you'll find that the 2000 version of the book is actually more in depth than the 7.0 version.