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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in C++: The Art of Scientific Computing
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William T. Vetterling, Brian P. Flannery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book


This book is nice, and contains all standard methods of numerical amalysis and linear algebra.
But!
There is book called "Numerical Recipes in C" that is basicly the same book, and it could be find at cornell university web pages for free
So, DON'T BUY THE BOOK - you can find practically the same book for free at the web!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you want to code good HTML, buy this book


DO NOT buy this book if your computer experience is using computers, not programming them, and your boss wants you to build a few pages by the end of next week.
DO NOT buy this book if you are a novice user and are just curious about building web pages.
DO NOT buy this book if you don't care at all about efficient, clean, bug-free code, and would rather just use (cough, spit!) MS FrontPage.
DO buy this book if you care about content more than just flashy graphics.
DO buy this book if you are a programmer or hard-core web designer that apprecieates clean, reliable, cross-browser code.
Make no mistake, this book is not a 1000-page Que doorstop that talks you through every last step in page design. This book barely mentions editors at all, leaving that to your personal preference.
What this book is is a concise reference of the HTML standard and common extensions to HTML code. It will tell you which tags are specific to Netscape or IE, and most of the different rendering quirks. If you are looking to build flashy, but browser specific pages, this book won't help you a whole lot. It is current enough that I think some of the other reviewers must have gotten an old edition, because it covers the entire HTML 3.2 standard, with coverage of basic style sheets and JavaScript.
Other books force you to adopt the author's style as you go through the book slowly, step by step, building an entire site in the process. This book instead features a short tutorial at the beginning, which gives the basic structure of HTML, and mentions a few tips on good style. (indenting, comments, the importance of content over design, etc.) The bulk of the book is a rock-solid, well-written REFERENCE. NOT A TUTORIAL. This is not "The Definitive Guide to Building Web Sites". It is a book on HTML code, and it will not tell you what to use the tags for, it assumes you know what you want, and the basic HTML elements you want to use (tables, vs. frames, for instance).
In conclusion, if! you are not a programmer, that this should be the second, not the first HTML book you buy. However, if you already know some HTML, or you are a programmer that wants to learn a new language, then buy this book.
Peter Mescher
P.S. for the reviewers that said this was outdated: The most recent revision (3/98) goes up to Netscape 4 and IE 4, with a decent chapter on CSS. A good site does not use bleeding edge, non cross-browser tags anyway, so a book last edited two months ago should get the job done.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
In fact no star at all !


Well, my only intention was just learn some C++.. But the book has more "advice from the guru" and some more unnecessary stuff than C++; the book could have been in a more compact form. Seems more than a book on large scale programming than a book on the language itself.
Maybe not really good to do, but when I compare the book with K&R "The C Programming Language", I see that K&R is more compact and gives reader more knowledge when you read equal from each book.
I did like C, but with the help of the book, I disliked C++, and when I have a relatively large job, I use C or a functional language.
By the way, my "the C++ language 3rd edn" is for sale, too little used, in good condition...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Book


This book is good as a computer book, it contains a good illustrations, meaning words ...... But, this book is for technicals rather than users, it contains words that users can not understand. On the other hand, for technicals it is a good reference for them. for me I like this book.