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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just passed the PMP!! It works....

This book is definitely the 1 study guide that all PMP candidates should read and study before attempting the test. I used this book and the PMBOK which this book refers to, and passed on my first attempt with >80% correct answers. I recommend following Rita's prescribed method of making atleast 3 passes through this book before the exam. Also, while the PMBOK by itself can be daunting, by referring to it when suggested in Rita's book, can help you focus in on the critical pages you must understand/memorize for the exam. The exam questions were a lot harder than those in the book, but if you have learned and understood the content in Rita's book, you have everything you need to get through the tough questions...it just may take you a bit longer than the practice exams did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
HIGHLY recommended for those entering bioinformatics

This book is an excellent introduction to bioinformatics for a person entering the field or deciding to enter. The author's introduction to UNIX in the second part of the book is better written than most books devoted completely to UNIX. The discussion would be even better if some words were said about the new MAC OS X operating system. With its UNIX flavor, and the ease of use of a MAC, it will no doubt make its presence known in bioinformatics. Publication timing may have prevented a discussion of it however since OS X has just been released in the last few months.
A non-mathematical but very informative overview of sequence analysis is given in part three of the book. A mathematician who might be deciding to enter this exciting field will the discussion good preparation for further technical reading in computational biology and sequence algorithms. The authors even include a discussion of mathematical physiology and give URLs and a list of companies attempting to create user applications in this area of computational biology. This is a further example of the book's merits, as it shows what areas in bioinformatics need more application tools to be developed.
Even the rather short chapter on PERL programming still suffices to create an appreciation of the power of PERL in bioinformatics. What takes sometimes many weeks of development time and many lines of code can frequently be done in a matter of hours and a few lines of code in PERL.
The book ends with an introduction to databases and data mining, and, even though the discussion is short, the authors explain the concepts well. Data mining in this field, as in others, is a subject that will take on further importance in the near future.
In addition, the book is just plain fun to read. A large set of references is given along with many URLs throughout the book. I visited all of these Websites and with their content and the book at hand....I had a BLAST.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop 7 Wow! Book
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
visually beautiful but really for intermediate to advanced

I admit to buying this book because of the glossy graphics but I got in way over my head. This book is a bit too advanced for someone just getting started with Photoshop. I have used some of the techniques and instructions offered but it has been tedious. I will not give up on this book, however, because after many readings and trial and error, I am making some progress. (...)The CD could include some better photos to work with but "c'est la vie."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Mongan, Noah Suojanen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nice review of computer science and puzzles

This book serves as a good review for the student of computer science, prior to entering the interview arena. The trick questions and puzzles that are in common use by technical interviewers are covered, as well as a general overview of the interview and job hunting process. I must recommend the book for those unfamiliar with the interview process, and unprepared for the sometimes bizarre questions that interviewers ask(particularly the infamous Microsoft questions, i.e., Why is a manhole cover round?). For those familiar with the interview experience, it may serve as a guide for interviewing your own job candidates (the reason I bought it, myself).
For a better review of CS topics, I recommend Brookshear's Computer Science, An Overview, sold here on Amazon.