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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Letter to Bruce


Bruce,
I just found out about your books from a Java programmer in my office, who said your book was required reading for every programmer in the company where he worked. You truly have listened to your students, and I particularly mean the non-verbal.
Your writing style is among the clearest I've ever read, you always "EXPLAIN", one the biggest things missing from most of all other documents. You're not only teaching me Java and OOP, but your giving me the background of other languages, programming in general, and an understanding of how the internet and many of its pieces operate. To think of all trees that have been destroyed - only to create confusing, incomplete gibberish on so many topics. If only you could rewrite all the other documents ever written ...
I will definitely buy your books and CDs. Thx so much for being there for guys like me!
Chuck



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good book


Maybe its jsut that the subject is somewhat easier, but Griffiths does better here then with the quantum book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
HIGHLY recommended for those entering bioinformatics


This book is an excellent introduction to bioinformatics for a person entering the field or deciding to enter. The author's introduction to UNIX in the second part of the book is better written than most books devoted completely to UNIX. The discussion would be even better if some words were said about the new MAC OS X operating system. With its UNIX flavor, and the ease of use of a MAC, it will no doubt make its presence known in bioinformatics. Publication timing may have prevented a discussion of it however since OS X has just been released in the last few months.
A non-mathematical but very informative overview of sequence analysis is given in part three of the book. A mathematician who might be deciding to enter this exciting field will the discussion good preparation for further technical reading in computational biology and sequence algorithms. The authors even include a discussion of mathematical physiology and give URLs and a list of companies attempting to create user applications in this area of computational biology. This is a further example of the book's merits, as it shows what areas in bioinformatics need more application tools to be developed.
Even the rather short chapter on PERL programming still suffices to create an appreciation of the power of PERL in bioinformatics. What takes sometimes many weeks of development time and many lines of code can frequently be done in a matter of hours and a few lines of code in PERL.
The book ends with an introduction to databases and data mining, and, even though the discussion is short, the authors explain the concepts well. Data mining in this field, as in others, is a subject that will take on further importance in the near future.
In addition, the book is just plain fun to read. A large set of references is given along with many URLs throughout the book. I visited all of these Websites and with their content and the book at hand....I had a BLAST.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Will change the way you write code


If you study this book as I have for the last month or so, you'll find that it changes the way you code. You will write better stored procedures than you'd ever have imagined. You will write better adhoc queries. You will design better databases. You will build better applications. If you read and follow the techniques in this book, you'll see your skill level go up - perhaps dramatically.
My time with SQL Server began seven and a half months ago. Before that, I was an Oracle DBA for some nine years. Since then, I've been reading every book I could to get a handle on SQL Server. This is easily the most helpful of all the books I've read. It gets down to business quickly and immediately immerses you in the technology. You have no choice but to either sink or swim - fortunately, I began to swim almost immediately.
When I first came over from the Oracle team, I was really disappointed when I started writing stored procedures because T-SQL seemed so weak compared to PL/SQL. Turns out I was all wet on that. I didn't know just how powerful the language could be. Having digested this book, I'd say T-SQL is easily as powerful as PL/SQL, if not more so. Moreoever, I'd say that SQL Server is now in the big leagues -- it can hold it's own with Oracle, DB2 or anyone else. I wouldn't have said that before I read this book. It has shown me a lot of the power under the hood in SQL Server that I'd never have guessed was there. All I can say for Oracle is that they better watch out. SQL Server is definitely right up there with them.
Back to the book. It's a wonderful book that will change the way you write code. Get yourself a copy, then mark off a couple weeks to do nothing but work through it. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.