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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book in AI so far

This book got me so excited that I was not able to continue reading. I had to put it down and walk about. The power of the learning classifier system (SCS) has yet to be fully explored. A system that organizes data (classifies) and learns new rules (generate new rules via the genetic algorithm) is a combination that still takes my breath away. The only negative to this book are the trivial problems the algorithms solve. There is none for the "bucket brigade" version of the SCS. Overall though it is an awesome book presenting a very powerful algorithm that has yet to be fully explored.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Common Knowledge : Essential Intermediate Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephen C. Dewhurst
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
easy to understand tips

A virtue of Dewhurst's book is its brevity. He's condensed into 63 items guidelines that promise to be useful to many C++ programmers. Naturally, you're expected to already be conversant with the basics. You can write and compile a C++ program. But rather than produce a huge tome, he offers tips that are 3 to 4 pages long. Pragmatic and quick advice. The tips are also random access. You can pick an item and it rarely depends on earlier items.

This does mean that there is a slight grab-bag ambience. When you read a typical book on coding, it is often necessarily linear. Dewhurst has a different emphasis.

The items are also not that difficult. Deliberately so. Dewhurst avoids the more intricate but relatively rarely used aspects of C++. Nothing on template metaprogramming, for example.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kip R. Irvine
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Get the book for the Assembler

I have to agree with James L. Johnson in that this book has many mistakes, and would recommend "Peter Norton's Guide to Assembly Language for the PC". Although the price is a bit steep for an assembler, it might be worth getting as this is the only book that comes with a so-called free assembler.
One more reason why this book is not worth getting, is that you have to use the Author's own library files to get some examples working which is not a way to learn Assembly. I must say if you do not want to spend any money on learning assembly language. check out the author's webpage, he has some great links to Assembly Language Tutorials and Resources.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A "must have" for anyone serious about interactive media

This is the foundational book to use when developing out your own process. Either as a small start-up company or a large interactive department, this book provides you with an amazing toolkit to develop a process that works for you.

I've used the information from both Workflow that Works to develop a creative design process for nearly every company I have worked for or with.

I've purchased copies of this book for some traditional designers to help them understand the differences between our worlds. It's written in such a way that they get it right away.