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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Review of Duda, Hart and Stork's "Pattern Recognition"

The original book by Duda and Hart has been the bible of the machine learning community. In recent years there has been a spate of books aspiring to that mantle. For the most part, these have suffered from being too close to the subject of statistical inference in its current incarnation. One suspects they will quickly grow dated, as the current machine learning fads-du-jour pass.
In contrast, the revised version of the book, ably sheparded by David Stork, stays true to the vision of the original. It elaborates the fundamental issues underlying machine learning in a clear manner, with a keen eye for the broad perspective. The reader should be aware though that in order to make the text extremely accessible, some of it is misleadingly simplified, and some crucial references are left out.
The book is clearly written, and should be understandable by any technically trained undergraduate or graduate student. All in all, a joy to have on one's shelf.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: DINO ESPOSITO (WINTELLECT), Dino Esposito
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
NOT an ADO .NET resource

I bought this book assuming that it would be the best of both worlds; a basic guide to the new ADO.NET objects as well as a starting reference to ASP.NET. By the time I got to read this book I found that I had already learned much of what it had to offer on ASP through trial and error and there was almost nothing to even explain what ADO.NET was. I just learned more about ADO.NET from 6 sample pages on ... for the ADO.NET core reference than this entire book. Not necessarily a bad book, but the title is very misleading. The ebook was a bit dissapointing also.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
chapter one and allready lost

At the time I had almost no knowledge of HTML. I didn't use anyresources other than Ms. Castro's book to design it.
This book isconcise, comprehensive and easy to use. It's set up to be a workingmanual, so you can flip to whatever you need to know right theninstead of having to read the whole thing cover-to-cover. For someonejust getting started, who actually wants to design a site withoutwading through unnessecary BS, this book can't be beat.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ken Greenwood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book to learn ABAP and as a reference guide

I'm an ABAP consultant/developer working with a major consulting firm. In 1998 I took an ABAP Certification course in Boston and I had the privilege to be in the class where Ken Greenwood was the instructor. At that time he was just about to complete his book. He's an excellent instructor and yes, he has a keen sense of humor too. He has the abiltiy to break a topic down to an understandable level. You can find this breking-down back in the book, teaching you step-by-step how to get to the correct result. I use his book as a reference guide and I recommend this book to the IT resources I get to work with so that they can master the ABAP basics quicly. It's definetely a good book for beginners and also very handy as a reference guide.
Ps. Remeber to do your 5 minutes workout (gym-exercises) after each chapter. This will help your brain-cells and you'll have more fun with the next chapter.
Ken where's the screen-cam with the exercises?