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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
A Great Book for Data Mining Researchers!


Jiawei Han is an influential and prominent figure in the data mining scene and this book tells you why this is so. Everything you need to know about data mining as a researcher can be found in this comprehensive book! There are good examples and abundant references as well as discussions on important algorithms found in various data mining techniques such as clustering, classification and association rule mining. Even recent extensions of the mining methodologies to the spatial, temporal and web domains are discussed as well. All in all, it is an ideal book for a data mining researcher. I refer to it all the time as I write papers and reports!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: DINO ESPOSITO (WINTELLECT), Dino Esposito
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good user guide for DataGrid control


Building web solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET by Dino Esposito is the second book on ASP.NET I got in past few weeks. (The first one was "Programming ASP.NET" by Jessie Liberty and Dan Hurwitz.) It is advertised as "code-intensive solution-oriented book", but I would characterize this book more like code-intensive DataGrid-oriented. The book presents only some parts of the ASP.NET and ADO.NET along with practical advise.
Dino's book does a great job in explaining DataGrid control; gives a good overview of concurrency issues in ASP.NET applications and data provider architecture. A more appropriate title for such book would be "Elements of data-driven ASP.NET applications".

The author doesn't waste ink explaining basics of ASP.NET technology and jumps right into introducing data binding on various web controls. By the end of the first chapter it becomes clear that DataGrid Web Control is emerging as a lead character of this book. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are dedicated to explaining data binding and control features of DataGrid. Then comes Chapter 5 that presents various options of organizing the code and layout in an ASP.NET application. I found this chapter useful, but inappropriate within the flow of the book. The discussion about physical design of ASP.NET application should really be independent from the discussion of DataGrid web control. I felt this chapter was even more out of place when I've realized that Chapter 6 continues to cover DataGrid in further detail.
In Chapter 7 the discussion moved away from DataGrid once again and focused on analysis of design choices in dealing various scenarios with disconnected web applications. In this chapter the author shown various techniques of data caching and updating the database in multi-user scenarios. I found this chapter very useful.
Chapter 8 might be interesting for people who have to deal with legacy ADO code within an ASP.NET application. This is not my case, so I've skipped the chapter altogether. An appendix would have been a better place for this material.
I've only glanced though Chapter 9 to realize that it contains pretty basic overview of web services; its high-level design and its usage with VS.NET. I don't understand why the author has decided to include this chapter in the book. It didn't seem to contain any "solutions".
Chapter 10 explained the architecture of .NET data provider and guided the reader though a fairly complete example of creating a data provider for file system directory listings. Based on this chapter I would not be able to go ahead and write your own data provided for a commercial database. The key take away point from this chapter is that data provider shall be written not only by commercial DB vendors. Anyone who has data in a proprietary store may benefit from creating its own .NET data provider. The discussion lead me to ask the question when it is appropriate to create a data provider. This chapter had little to do with ASP.NET, but is a great complement to the material found in Pragmatic ADO.NET.


To summarize: Buy this book and read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of this book if what you're looking for is a practical guide on DataGrid control.
Read Chapter 7 before deciding on the concurrency model. Read Chapter 10 right after you read "Pragmatic ADO.NET" to better understand .NET Data Providers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Beware of vs.net versions


Nowhere in the editorial review does it say that this is suposed to be only for the vs.net version 2003 (I asumed it was simply a revised/improved version of visual basic.net step by step!)
So unless you have the vs.net 2003 version I recommend you buy the 2002 version of this book



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
it,s very good book


please i can,t get 1000 words but i want to ask you only which book is the best in progamming concept or c++ that can help me to understand every thing about c++ easily