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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 - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The definitive C++ book for experts

This book is definitely very dense in information pertaining to C++ and different methods of utlizing it. Much like the language itself, what you get out of it mimicks your perception of how you currently utilize C++. I have read this book and some of its sections numerous times. (Some just to let the information sink in) If you are a beginner I am pretty sure this book will be a bit much but if you end up using C++ in any serious way, you will acquire this book and get much from it. A must have for your library in any case.
I puchased this book years ago and really didn't appreciate it's true depth till much later in my development career. It has paid for itself in my opinion as far as perception changes and promoting "proper" ways of utilizing C++ dependent on the situation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must read for every security professional

Some references said that this book a business issue, not a technical one. The second half of this statement is definitely correct. I'm an engineer teachig in a Community College and I looked for some book to brush up the interest of my students. Not a technical book. Unluckily enough I've selected this one, but I was disappointed very much.Words and words. So much text and hardly any fact. If any that's old enough being known publicly.I'm sure that even business people have not enough time to read through so much text for so little relevant information to mine out.So as for the first half of the statement cited, I doubt that businessman can gain anything of this book except the fear of using such a public facility as Internet is.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JUnit in Action
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Ted Husted, Vincent Massol
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thorough and concise work on JUnit

This is a strong book on a worthy topic. It's short but that doesn't stop it from covering the topic well. The authors just stay on track and cover the required material in a brief and balanced manner.
On the down side there could have been more context about JUnit and it's alternatives. The first chapter covers this somewhat but after that it is JUnit all the way.
On the upside, the book is well written and edited. It is concise and sometimes witty but not to the level of going off track.
The interesting chapters:
Chapter one introduces JUnit and shows some alternatives, mainly doing tests by hand.
Chapter two covers JUnit completely in detail. Which is almost a bit too much too fast and I found myself a little lost in the detail. It could stand to be broken up a little.
Chapter four is an excellent introduction to test driven development. This section alone is almost worth the price of the book.
Chapter five covers integrating JUnit into existing tools like Ant and Eclipse.
The second part then applies JUnit to each of a number of different types of code, including web pages, tag libraries, data access, etc. This is the heart of the matter and it's done very well. This connects the code you have to the JUnit test framework step by step. It's very well done.
If you are using JUnit or are interested in test driven development in Java this is a fantastic book and is well worth the money.
(Full disclosure: I am a Manning author but I in no way allow that to effect my reviews.)