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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bob LeDoux


Myke offers a great deal in this volume. For anyone who wants to make the quantum leap from the "Easy Pic'N" type books to a much deeper text, this is the text to use.
He has gone out of his way to ensure success for people who put together the El Cheapo programmer based on the printed circuit board included with the text. The material on the CD will take any reader through the process to a successful conclusion.
Having said that, I have to agree with other reviewers, that the proof reading of this text leaves much to be desired. Typos abound, and inconsistencies are common. For example, the El Cheapo schematic on page 601 shows resistors R3 and R4 to be 1K ohm units. But on the following page, 602, the parts list incorrectly shows them to be 1 ohm units.
In numerous areas, the text is repeated. A paragraph or section of a paragraph will be repeated word for word a page or two later.
Chapter 3 covers Processor Architecture. This material should be reviewed and rewritten in a more readable style.
In spite of my reservations, I still think very highly of the text. Myke has put together a great deal of material. For the serious student, this is a good place to spend your money. Just expect your study to include careful review to ensure inconsistencies have been sorted out, at least in your own mind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The PMP Exam and Beyond


This is a practical, easy to read PMP Exam study guide. Unlike other exam preparation books that are organized by Knowledge Area, Kim follows the project process flow from initiation to closing using a case study approach. The outline directly matches the process / objectives organization of the exam. The PMBOK(R) is organized by Knowledge Area, so supplementing your review of PMBOK(R) with an alternative approach that is easier to relate to real life project management is a good strategy. This is one prep book that I continue to use long after successfully writing the exam. I used this book and companion CD as the key source book for a PMP Exam preparation course I gave. My students agreed with my assessment of its value.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Steven Muchnick
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Good for seasoned compiler writers, bad for CS students


Ok, let's be fair. This book provides a broad coverage of useful optimizations and it will be useful in case you work writing compilers AND have some experience.

However, for learning the concepts, it is a very bad material. At the end you end up confused under a pile of thousands of lines of pseudocode in a weird notation (invented by the author) called "I CAN" (yes you can write a very bad book Mr. Muchnick) instead of reading useful explanations of the topics. The author also assumes that you already know some concepts and that's why he does not explain them as he should. If you want to really understand this book, first review Chapter 10 of the Dragon Book. I thought that the Dragon book was not so good because you have to re read some things in order to fully understand, but with Muchnick's book that is not always possible.

You can also take a look at Morgan's book (unfortunately, out of print) or just read the papers (as the first reviewer suggested). This book is not enough, and sadly, a lot of "teachers" think of it as a kind of "bible" and as a very bad excuse to teach very poorly. Some of them even don't master all the concepts presented there and have to use other books (their "dirty little secret") but they don't tell you which ones and continue praising this bad piece of work. If you are a CS student who really wants to learn, be warned that this book is not for you (it has at least three erratas and still has errors!)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Visual FoxPro
Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing
Authors: Andy Kramek, Marcia Akins, Rick Schummer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A keeper...


This book is not a comprehensive reference book for VFP. This book is not an instructional book for someone new to VFP. This book does not focus on any single aspect of VFP.
This book IS a smorgasbord of useful tips and information that helped me out immediately. Not all of the tips were new to me, but unless you're already a very accomplished VFP programmer, you're sure to find some real gems here, many of which are not addressed in other VFP books. The example code is very specific and detailed, particularly if you download the sample files. This book is a special niche kind of a book that is hard to categorize, but for my purposes it's been fantastic.