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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Problem Solving, Abstraction, and Design using C++, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Frank L. Friedman, Elliot B. Koffman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Works well when accompanied by a talented instructor

This book was required for a C++ course I attended at the local community college. I had been doing some minor programming in other languages but felt I needed at solid foundation in C++. This book would have been a difficult place to start. However, thanks to a talented and very patient instructor, the entire class did well. I would have given at least a four star rating but this Addison/Wesley paperback was very poorly published. Pages fell out daily throughout the semester. Have some tape and glue handy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VHDL Starter's Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Sudhakar Yalamanchili
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The book lives up well to its title

I know there are many hardware design engineers and students who suffer from "VHDL anxiety" since it tends to seem alot less intuitive than verilog (especially in this age when C has surpassed ada as a common programming language taught at universities). For this reason Yalamanchili's VHDL Starter's Guide represents a nice contribution to the field. There is enough material in the guide to satisfy, say a senior computer-engineering student who is being intorduced for the first time.
My only complaint about the book is its lack of appendices and specification of the entire language. So look somewhere else if this is the purpose for buying a VHDL book. However, as a place to start, it seems quite effective in developing the confidence needed to move on to the more technical aspects of synthesis and simulation.
By the way, the author has written a thicker introductory hardcover book on VHDL published by Prentice Hall. The title is different, but it is virtually the same content. Little if anything was changed from that book to this starter guide. So be careful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for beginners...

This is an excellent book for newbies to XML. I had to learn XML for a project FAST! Using this book I got up to speed with other developers on the team in no time. I used a coupon from UnderTag.com, so it was almost free for me too.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Too short! Get expert one on one as well!

You always extect the best from om Kyte and he always delivers.
That says it all.