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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Implementing SAP Sales and Distribution
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Glynn C. Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
DETAILS! Screen Shots, Menu Paths, Configuration Tips


I own a lot of SAP books, 8 or more, and I've thumbed through a couple dozen more on store shelves. Most of them are lacking in detail, and are just re-arrangements of SAP help. I couldn't believe the detail this book has: screen shots (very rare in most books), menu paths (even rarer), and configuration tips the author says he learned "the hard way" over several implementations. Having been involved with two SAP instances myself, I believe he knows what he is talking about. This guy KNOWS his stuff. He specifically details where and how to customize SAP SD through the IMG and master data. I've NEVER seen an SAP book with this much relevant and useful information. If I could have given it 6 or 7 stars I would have. Worth twice the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Dan Margulis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
worth every penny and then some!


With over thirty years experience as an advertising photographer and over eight years working in the "high end" digital imaging field, I found Dan's book to be an extremely valuable resource. This book walks you through the basics and then moves on to explain the specifics of rather complicated color corrections. There are other books on the market that may illustrate better ways to retouch or repair specific parts of images but this one is far and away the best compendium of knowledge when it comes to "How can I make this particular photo reproduce better".



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Squid: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Duane Wessels
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well Worth The Wait


Back in 1998 when I was running my own ISP, Squid was a lifesaver because it allowed me to provide excellent web response to customers over a very modest upstream connection.
When I moved on to consulting Squid was the answer to a wide variety of client problems from employee Internet access control (Redirectors) to company website performance (Server Accelerator Mode) to plain old web page load times (Proxy Cache).
Now that I've moved in-house in a large corporation (30,000+ employees) and I've found out what commercial vendors are charging for their solutions to each of these problems, I have gladly used my knowledge of Squid to save us money.
Of course, that knowledge was not easily won, at least not for me. Because Squid was an open source project there was a lot of information available on the Web, but, of course, because Squid was an open source project, it was hard to find a definitive answer to my particular problem without asking a lot of dumb questions on newsgroups or making a lot of trial and error attempts tweaking compile time options, system changes and configuration file settings.
I have waited for this book for a long time.
I was concerned that it might be too detailed to be readable. Thankfully, Duane Wessels, the primary architect of Squid , has laid out this book to provide simple access at the Macro level. The chapter arrangement and organization are very intuitive. And yet the book still contains enough information to satisfy almost every question.
The one caveat I would make to a reader is to maintain situational awareness while delving into a chapter because, without noticing it, you can suddenly be confronted with pages and pages of configuration file details. There's no avoiding it, when a book says `Definitive Guide' on the cover you expect to have full coverage. It's just that the book is so lucidly written that the transition from high-level discussions to detailed facts might catch you un-aware.
And, really, it's that kind of feeling that lets you know that you're reading a very valuable text. I spent the first hour after I got this book skimming each chapter, happy at each additional topic I discovered. Then I went back and asked it the two hardest questions I have faced using Squid over the past year, in each case the answer was easily found and fully explained (Mr. Wessels deserves an award for making transparent proxying understandable).
The wait for this book was well worth it. I highly recommend it to any person working with, or thinking about working with, Squid.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Tisdall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction


This is the first book that I read about Perl and also the first one that I read about Bioinformatics. I think it has an enough level of details so that readers who have little or no Bioinformatics background can easily understand the basics, and readers who wants to focus more on Perl usage in Bioinformatics can also get quick and useful examples such as interpreting BLAST output, and regular expressions.