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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a very good book

This book was essencial for me to dig deeper into data mining techniqes and methonds. It is a good guidance book for beginners and also for advanced practictioners and researchers. It covers systematically all major themes on data mining and provides additional references for briefly covered topics. My subject area is web mining. I found this book as an overview book. I could get a wide view of the field. I got good hints for my specific field. It is very strictly written book not preferring this or other products as several comercial books of today do. The book is very up to date. I would say it is a current bible of data mining science, though there could be some similar or even better books on the subject in last month but maybe I'm not up to date.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied XML Programming for Microsoft .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito, Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
*THE* XML book for .NET

Dino Esposito has total, absolute command of the subject matter that he expertly teaches in this book. This is a template for how all technical training books should be written. I wanted in-depth coverage of the XML object library in .NET and that is exactly what this book delivers. This is THE book on XML in .NET. Don't waste your money on anything else.
It is also terrific supplemental material for the Developing XML Web Services and Server Components certification exam. I recommend Mike Gunderloy's book as an all-encompassing source (look up my review for that book); however, I recommend reading the first four chapters of this book before you start Gunderloy's book if you don't have much experience reading and writing XML in .NET. Chapters 12 and 13 on remoting and web services, respectively, are also great sources of exam prep material. In fact, Chapter 12 on .NET Remoting is the best chapter on the subject you will find anywhere.
Terry, MCAD and MCSD for Microsoft .NET

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction for Enterprize Javabeans (EJB)

2 weeks ago I barely knew anything about Enterprize Javabeans (EJB). Now, after reading most of the book I can definitely say I know the subject. The author patiently explains us the basics - yet also goes into the deeper aspects of EJB. The book is filled with examples, which makes learning so much easier (don't you hate it when there are very few examples, or there is no sample output??). I must say, EJB is a pretty boring subject - but the book did a good job of keeping me awake! One comment I do have, is that the book doesn't explain very well how to deploy beans.. I still have problems with my weblogic server. But I guess that's not the point of the book, so it still deserves 5 stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Implementing SAP Sales and Distribution
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Glynn C. Williams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Only book on SAP S & D with customising details

I have been searching for a book that does not just describe different business process (that is is important too) and then leave you with a few directions where you might have to customise something. This is the only book sofar than can fairly claim to tell you how to customise. I would have given it 5 stars, but due to lack of competition, I felt 4 was enough.
It didn't help me much with the SD bits with which I'm very familiar. But there is still quite a bit where I have never done more than superficial work and this book covers it all in useful detail.
If you want to know how to design business process from scratch, turn to other books. If you want to know how to implement your plan, there is no alternative: TINA. Still, I have not given up hope that something better will come along in the next 6 to 12 months, until then: TINA.