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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Do yourself a big favor and get this book now


Coding DTDs and XML documents is easy enough. But getting anything useful out of an XML document requires you to either write a program or to write an XSLT template. I'm not a hard-core programmer, so I'm pretty much limited to using XSLT. Doug takes you from the simplest of concepts to some pretty complex XSLT coding...all the while using tons of real-world examples and tips. The XPath chapter is especially helpful, taking all the mystery out of the strange syntax rules. The appendices provide loads of info on functions, too. If you've ever seen Doug on the conference circuit, you know that he's a really funny guy; his humor really comes through in the book, making it a joy to read. Summary: Finally a book by someone who knows his stuff AND knows how to get it across to the rest of us!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SPSS 11.0 Guide to Data Analysis
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Marija J. Norusis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Never has learning statistics and SPSS been so easy!


Prior to grad school, my highest attainment in math was a C in 10th grade Algebra II, yet this book has made introductory statistics and even analysis in SPSS non-threatening and stimulating. Her text is plain English, not dry, with the essential understated humor here and there. As mentioned in other review(s) her use of question/answer format is really useful. She uses 'frequently asked (by beginners)' questions as openners to discussing a topic in more detail, and this approach is very good. Photos of various menu screens in spss are provided and fully explained, as well as samples of output. She takes you up through multiple regression. I wish there was an advanced book on the way!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful for individuals migrating from structured systems


Most biological scientists are comfortable in Windows-based environments (Mac or Wintel) and can migrate from one to the other. They are also happy on the web. However, they aren't happy in the world of command lines and Unix text-based files and they certainly aren't happy if they actually have to interrogate datasets directly. This book does a fairly good job of explaining the basics of a lot of the fundamental computer issues and puts them in a biomolecular context. It also is quite broad in scope and so covers things that I certainly wasn't aware of, even though I would consider myself to have been involved in bioinfomatics for about 15 years. It is enjoyable as a refresher, as a starting point or just as something to broaden your horizons with. It will point you in the right direction to do what the title says, but it is certainly not the only book you will need!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book


Lots of examples of complicated/advanced SQL. Not for people who need to learn SQL