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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Invaluable Resource


In the software business, there is no shortage of books, advice, seminars, and experts who will provide information on how to be successful -- I have seen and heard lots of it.

In this crowd, it is refreshing to come across Joel's candid, and real world advice. By far the most valuable section is "The Joel Test". A replacement for the myriad of often complex and confusing measurements of software development teams.

But wait, it gets better. "Five Worlds" is an excellent discussion on exactly why so many other systems are wrong. Different kinds of development shops require different kinds of styles. And the excellent "Ben and Jerry's vs Amazon" article should be required reading for every wanna-be CEO and business manager.

Overall, and excellent book, and one that, as the title suggests, should be read by everyone even remotely associated with the software industry!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Michael Sipser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Theory with no fear


Sipser did a surprising and didactical synthesis on classic TC topics. And with wit, too! His work is not a boring opus. After years of strugle against texts by honorables like Hopcroft, Lewis & Papadimitriou etc., all important and fundamental but criptic authors, finally someone (that seems had been student someday) writes an understandable book. On library, it is the most looked for. (Obs.: I'm writing here not to add anithing to all that was already well said by other reviewers: it is just for a tribute to the author.)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Obsolete before it hit the shelves


This book does not cover CSS2 nor any of the new versions of the most popular browsers: IE 6, Opera 6, and Netscape 7. Because of these omissions, a significant amount of CSS functionality that is available on most users' browsers is not even mentioned. My advice: find a book that is more up-to-date and buy it instead of this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great general introduction to QED..


I read this book over the holidays and throughly enjoyed the experience. The text is a compilation of lectures for the general public on QED. The explanations of light and matter interactions are superb considering that there is no math to speak of in the text.
Do NOT expect this to be a easy read. The book does require concentration and some effort on the part of the reader. I found myself reading some of the chapters twice just to ensure that I understood the material.
I do have one cavil. I wish Dr. Feynman had included a reference section for "further reading". Perhaps one of his students will include the references in the next revised edition.
All in all a fine book that deserves your attention.