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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitive Guide = Definitive Title


We are using Flash as the UI on an "avionics-grade" project. When I came on the project I knew I would be using every aspect of ActionScript - from simple 'ifs' and 'loops' to the low-down dirty details of the XMLSocket object - and I would need an "avionics-grade" reference. I read the reviews and Mr. Moock's book was highly regarded. The book has not disappointed me once - on the contrary, its proved to be the "definitive guide" on more than one very important decision. I have not spent much time in the first half of the book where the basics of Flash are explained, but on occasion I've thumbed up there and found good info. The true productivity-enhancer is the alphabetical class-by-class reference in the second half of the book. Many times a day I come to a decision point in my code, flip to the book's index, find the object I need, scan the object's methods and properties, read more in-depth, discover a previously unknown tidbit of AS knowledge, and return to my code with the feeling that an informed decision is about to be made. If you are going to be doing hard-core ActionScripting I would advise you to buy this book and place it opposite your mouse.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Book delivers answers to most important security questions.


This book is the textbook for a UNIX and Network Security course given by Victor Hazelwood at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. It presents important and immediate security issues a UNIX System Administrator or IT manager must face, and clearly shows how to protect your systems from unwanted intrusion. Worth having for the security references alone. This is a MUST HAVE reference for ALL UNIX System Administrators.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Deep, comprehensive and practical + data mining software


This is a book that surveys the all the commom ideas in data mining without teaching any of them. I only recommend this book for those who just want to see what's going on in data mining but do not need to learn anything.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disjoint


OK... This is a book on PIC programming....
So the first piece of code in the book is a "Hello World" program on page 19, WRITTEN in 8088 ASSEMBLER and C.
So this is a book on PIC programming. The author did put some PIC code in, on page 25. But I am sure he could have picked something better than the basic code for an interrupt handler in c.
This is not how to teach someone to program...
I am sure that if you know how to program a PIC then the book makes sense. If not, stay away from this book.