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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not so good for begginers but not too bad for experts


This is by far the best Perl book I have ever read, I have had no other book recommended to me more highly. As with all O'Reilly books, this one beats the competitors hands-down.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
shoddy text


The book is just that, a big bore. It's too confusing for beginners, and it'll put to sleep anyone who knows a little somthing about computer science. I would agree that some of the general topics presented are important, but how they are presented is a disgrace to computer science. Instead of talking about relevant ideas in compiler and language design, authors try to implement a scheme interpreter in scheme. The material was completely divorced from the real world. I showed it to my buddy, doing a Ph.D. in compiler design, and he laughed long and hard at the whole chapter 4, which also manages to completely mispresent databases and query languages. Being a grad student in computer engineering, I found something to scoff at in chapter 5 & 3, where they give a backwards presentation of assemblers, digital circuits, and circuit simulators.
Come to think of it, the only worthwhile material was in chapter 2 & some of chapter 3, but that was on data structures, and Cormen's "Algorithms" is infinitely better.
My impression is, and others have suggested, that the goal of this book was self gratification for the authors. They wanted to have a book with all kinds of stuff in there, that would be used by copycat instructors all over the world to confuse beginners and bore knowledgeable students. This book would get the prize for the most obfuscated computer science book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Image and Video Processing
Publisher: Academic Press
Authors:
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent journal-quality round-up


This is a very nice reference work for image processing professionals. It is a collection of articles by various experts in aspects of image processing, reporting on the state-of-the-art in their particular domains. The coverage is broad and deep. However, it is not for everyone. The writing style is that of a refereed journal. If you are not comfortable with that style of exposition, or if you are simply trying to find a snippet of code to implement a particular algorithm, this is not the book for you. At the other extreme, do not expect to find new and startling insights into the field that you did your dissertation on. However, if you want to understand the current state of the art of a colleague's field, or if you need to expand your expertise into a new area of image processing, this is a very good place to start.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too many errors in this A+ Complete Deluxe Ed Study Guide


This Sybex A+ Complete Study Guide is really poor in the content and quality of practice questions on CD. This book contains a lot of errors in both the content and practice questions in CD. In some areas, it even contradicts itself. For example, the book says Win2K CD is bootable, but the practice questions on CD says no. I spot many errors because of my past experience in IT field. For those beginners, it will be a problem.
In conclusion, I will not recommend this book for anyone for any purpose.