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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No question, this book is a must read


My first exposure to this book was as a freshman at MIT in '86. Since then I've been exposed to an awful lot of computer science books. And I'm afraid the term "awful" has applied all too often. This book still stands out in my mind as one of the best comp. sci. texts I've ever read. It encompasses so many different areas of computer science that it has only been when I reread it years later that I really appreciated the full scope of the topics the book hits. Every footnote seems to branch off into another interesting facet of comp. sci. It is a bit challenging (it was geared to MIT students) but is definitely worth the read. If you get it make sure you track down MIT Scheme, the language used throughout the book, it'll help you get the most from the book, and is very interesting in its own right. In my opinion the approach the authors take is a much better one than that traditionally followed by "introductory" computer science texts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rise of the Network Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Authors: Manuel Castells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An epic trilogy about the implications of the "New Economy"


This book, along with Volume's 2 & 3 in the series is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the implications of the fundamental transformation that the globalization of the financial markets has wrought throughout the world. The trilogy argues that we are at the beginning of changes as explosive as those wrought by the industrial revolution. Castells roams the world as he documents economic, social and political changes and speculates about the future. The author worked on these books for 12 years and this represents his life work. I actually would rate the trilogy an 11. It is an epic undertaking.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for the latest Linux software


When software doesn't work in Linux, everyone (who cares to) can see the code, debug the problem, and help get it fixed. A reviewer of this book described how a particular Fedora 2 install failed. Following up on how the problem was fixed illustrates the open source software model at its best.
The bug the reviewer encountered was reported to Red Hat by others at bugzilla.redhat.com too late to make the final Fedora 2 release. Nearly 200 comments were entered on the bug, allowing a developer at Red Hat to provide a quick fix. (Search there for bug 121819 and see comment 122, if you have the same problem.) After Fedora is installed, the permanent fix is available to be downloaded with a single command (yum update kernel).
Once you get past the installation (as most will without trouble), you'll see that this most recent version of the Red Hat Linux Bible (Fedora 2) reflects the latest features available today for Linux. Red Hat wasn't kidding when it said it wanted to do rapid development of cutting-edge Linux technology. Fedora Core 2 includes:
* The latest Linux 2.6 kernel* New desktop (X.org server, KDE, and GNOME)* ALSA sound system* New Security Enhanced Linux* Many other new features
Fedora Core 2 will run faster as a desktop and more securely as a server. If you want an edge learning the latest features slated for Red Hat's enterprise Linux products, this book includes the complete Fedora Core 2 distribution on four CDs and detailed instructions on how to use it as a desktop or server system.
-- Chris NegusAuthor, Red Hat Fedora Linux 2 Bible



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET Framework Solutions: In Search of the Lost Win32 API
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: John Mueller, John Paul Mueller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book! I really enjoyed reading this book.


Darko MartinovięCroatia
This is book, I was looking for. According MSDN, Microsoft does not cover api access in the future. This book will help you if you are interesting in programming hardware specific devices or if you would like to control api behavioure. Great book!