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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Just some programming tricks!!

I bought this book online and didn't check it out in the bookstore first. I almost read the entire book(because I don't want to waste my money. Otherwise, I won't even dare to write a review for this book) This book is just about a bunch of little programming tricks that may not even help you on the projects. Little bit from here and little bit from there. No match with Efficitive C++. The author just borrowed the name. Anyway, you just need to go to the bookstore and read the items you need. Please, save your money to buy other books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good enough to pass the test.

And may be to learn a thing or two about PCs. If you are ready to take it to the next level and get Cisco certified, check out "Cisco IOS for IP Routing" by Andrew Colton. Unless you want to take the Microsoft Road...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Causality : Models, Reasoning, and Inference
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Judea Pearl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best and only on the topic

I take issue with the previous reviewer. Pearl does not assume that the modeller is able, a priori, to determine what the correct model is. Instead, Pearl asks what conclusions can be drawn if the modeller is able to substantiate only parts of the model. By systematically changing those parts, he then obtains a full picture of what modeling assumptions "must" be substantiated before causal inferences can be derived from nonexperimental data. An anslysis of assumptions is not a license to abuse them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Office 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Weverka
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best in a line of 'greats'

The last book review I wrote on this site was close on one year ago... for no other reason than leading a busy life doing other things. But I just felt I had to come out of `exile' for this book because it's classic Peter Weverka at his stunning best.
Clear, precise, a touch of gentle humor, Peter cuts through the jargon like a hot knife through butter. There is simply NOTHING that doesn't get properly explained and simplified.
"Office 2003 All-In-One" is the Dummies Guide to not just one program but to no less than NINE. (Word 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, Access 2003, Publisher 2003, Office 2003 - one step beyond and Windows XP). It's a true compendium of reference books - a genuine all-in-one library.
Just so you understand why I feel so qualified to comment on this publication, I should tell you that I am an 'expert user' at Excel and Access. I'm very much a middle-of-the-road user at Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Windows XP, and I have never before even looked at FrontPage or Publisher. I reckon that gives me a unique insight into how effective Mr Weverka's writing for all types of users and all levels of expertise.
I can assure you it hits the mark at EVERY level. Never condescending, never too clever for his own good, always explained in clear simple language, this book is an absolute pleasure to own, and a real treasure house of information and reference.
Screen captures are clean and easy to understand, cross-referencing is more than adequate, and there's hardly a word of unintelligible jargon or computerese anywhere. (Oh, and the author throws in a few smiles from time, to time, just to stop you nodding off.)
Peter Weverka has really excelled himself, and has again produced a masterly tome that will stand the test of time. If you want to know more about the inside workings of Office 2003, THIS is the only reference book you will ever need... and that's a promise.