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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Power of Events: An Introduction to Complex Event Processing in Distributed Enterprise Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Luckham
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Finally an IT book with Meat!

If you are like me and you are frustrated after picking up an IT book and only getting superficial platitudes rather than keen insights, then you may be pleasantly surprised by this book because it really reveals, as the title states, the "Power of Events." The book starts off establishing the author's grounding in Enterprise Architectures (and their shortcomings), and then proceeds to build an intuitive foundation to seduce the reader into the world of events that they may not have realized was so much a part of distributed systems. While the formal notation used in the book may appear daunting, it is easily mastered and the subtle rules and mechanism are exposed through many thoughtful examples. I will say the second half of the book is a slower read than the 1st part, but the book should leave you with some confidence that there really are some breakthroughs in software technology that will have a positive impact on distributed IT System quality and the complex event processing shows that potential.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly What I Was Looking For!!

This book enabled me to start constructing my own web pages almost immediately. The point-by-point presentation methodology highlights the strengths and opportunities with HTML and also clearly addresses the transition from tags to style sheets. Using this book, I will now confidently head into Javascript, CGI, and XML. Thank you Ms. Castro!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A beautifully paradoxical book.

Godel Escher Bach is, by far, the absolute best book I have ever read. It is far-reaching and its topics seem scattered, yet, at the same time, it is quite focused, in an odd sort of way. It swallows itself in its rather idiosyncratic way, and you can't help but want to go with it. Each time I read this book(which, by the way, is sitting next to me right now), I find more and more and more. I don't think even Dr. Hofstadter comprehends the entirety of if its complexity and beauty. If you are sophisticated enough to understand it, you can't help but love it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Impressive, my new ASP.NET bible

First off, I think Hari Thummalapalli's review nails it on the head. My review is not intended for beginners. In my job, I've come across some aggravating issues in .NET. This book breaks down ASP.NET to its nuts and bolts, and that is crucial knowledge when you have to design new objects. Personally I think you get the most out of this book if you read as much as possible rather than treat it like the dictionary. Not an easy task, for this is the biggest book I own. However, the book is very readable and the author is good at taking you from Point A to Point B. Some Wrox .NET books have plenty of good pointers, but it becomes an Easter egg hunt, for it's tucked amongst pages of beginner material. I'm going into a C# shop and I'm still going to use this because it covers .NET so thoroughly, language differences shouldn't matter as much. Moreover, the author points out differences between VB.NET and C# I haven't seen covered anywhere else.