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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming PHP
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Rasmus Lerdorf, Kevin Tatroe
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Another thin effort, IMO


There isn't really enough of any one thing here to meet my needs. Generally O'Reilly are good at big lists of stuff (often the kind of stuff you can find in the man pages); with usually fairly terse definitions of what they actually are, alongside. Now, I'm all for aphorisms if they save on paper, but this book manages to have large gaps in its coverage, while still retaining that somewhat abrupt approach to what actually IS covered.
I suppose I was particularly disappointed when I found that the example used to describe the array_filter function in Chapter 5 was almost exactly the same as is to be found on the Zend website! I say "almost", because that's exactly what it is - the book's example has been subjected to a somewhat half-hearted attempt at customisation, in my opinion, to try and make it look different from Zend's version. What is actually achieved in both cases is almost identical!
Now, it has long been known that O'Reilly books often offer much the same information as can be found elsewhere (except at the expense of a few trees) - but what is the point, may I ask, of going to the trouble of making a few cursory modifications to an example, if you're not actually going to make the example DO anything different? Is it just me?
I suppose it was just that I really wanted a different example of how to use that one function. However there are other functions related to array_filter which aren't even described in this text at all, and this is indicative of the content as a whole: big gaps in the information, interspersed with brief moments of Perl-like conciseness. Maybe a book of PHP function definitions is what I neeed, but what I don't need is this perfunctory Jack-of-all-Trades.
Ironically, this publisher ha an excellent record for producing original and informative content ON-LINE (for which I am often grateful), but the same does not seem to hold for much of their printed material. How they make any money, I don't know!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference Guide to UML


I found the UML Language Reference Guide to be an invaluable work for understanding UML in greater depth. I frequently return to it as a source of UML modeling information. It's concise, practical, very readable, and serves as an excellent reference for those interested in more advanced material, without the hazards posed by many academically oriented books on the topic.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The GRE Test for Dummies, Fifth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Suzee Vlk
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Study Aide


I bought this book based on the online reviews, and I have to say, the reviews are accurate. This book teaches you a lot about the tricks and traps of the GRE--some of which you can apply and some of which you won't see on the actual test. The math review is good and easy to understand. The analytical review helped me the most--just by practicng the logic games, you will learn a lot about how to do well on this section. The verbal review is okay, but it is better, I think, to start way ahead of time and learn as much vocabulary as possible. (It is extremely difficult to do well on the verbal section if you try to cram at the last minute--unless you have a superior vocab to begin with...) The best feature of this book is the fact that it is easy and interesting to read. As for my last word of GRE advice: take a snack or something to drink, because you will be so zonked by the time you have your break, you will need a little sustenance. Good luck!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing!


Richard Feynman always amazes me. This book is my first experience with QED. when I was just one high school student, I read it during a boring holiday, I was attracted by it at once!the book tells you what is physics, tells you how beautiful physics is! I think everyone who have fundamental physics knowledge can understand QED from the book,. someone usually say S.Hawking's"the brief history of time" is excellent, but I don't think so. the book is more excellent ,maybe the best popular science book!