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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
IF you program anything, BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!

This book has already been well reviewed and praised here so I'll keep this short. If you do any sort of programming at all or ever even think you will, do yourself a wonderful favor and buy this book immediately. I cannot say enough good about it. From the author's approach to their content, it's fun, informative, challenging, enlightening and inspirational. A must have for all programmers. And even thought it is directed at programmers the ideas easily carry over into all walks of life. Making it not just a programmers guide to thinking and approach but also a new way to think and approach any problem in general. A new way to approach life. GET IT. You won't regret it in the least.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: Vince Adams, Abraham Askenazi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great wealth of information in one source!

This book is a MUST HAVE for design/analysis engineers. I wish I had this book prior to writting my Master's thseis. It would have saved me several all-nighters! Good job Abe and Vince..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Dave Taylor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Try Scripting Web Applications

The book is aimed at all users and systems administrators of linux and every unix variant, including most importantly the MacOS. If you already know some scripting, you should be quite at ease here. Taylor does decide to restrict his discussion to the Bourne shell and its descendent, bash. He drops the C shell! But, as he points out, the scripts he gives can be easily rewritten in the latter if you desire.
The book can be roughly divided into two parts. The first is essentially traditional scripting tasks. A user from 1988 would see original material here, but no qualitative surprises.
The second half of the book is more interesting. It centres on Web applications. For example, when running a Web server that uses CGI, Perl and C are often the choice for implementing logic. But sometimes you can get by with a simpler approach - using a Bourne shell. Taylor shows how to do this to make simple web pages, with images, even. Cool! Though this outlook lacks the full expressive power of generating dynamic pages via Java Server Pages/Servlets, these latter alternatives can be quite forbidding to learn. If you are already comfortable with sed, awk, grep [etc], you may want to try this approach, provided your web site is not too complex.
In summary, the web scripting approach suggested here may be the most distinctive and useful sections. Worth checking out.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Reference Book and Exam Cram

This book really is two (at least) books in one.

First, it is the best reference manual I've seen on the wireless lans. It seems to cover everything from the FCC rules (through the July 2004 revisions), to all of the various 802.11 standards (a, g, e, f, i, n), to the technology and the mathematics behind the technology, to the equipment such as antennas and the devices that drive them, site surveys, and of course the all important security aspects.

Second, this book was written by the technical team who developed the CWNA exam and certification, Planet3 Wireless. It is written as an Official Study Guide for the exam. It talks about the test in a general sense, i.e. 12% of the exam is on Regulations and Standards. As an exam guide there are study guides, practice questions, and all the rest you would expect.

The final surprising thing about this book is that it is very well written. The English makes sense, and you can understand what they are talking about.