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Hal Leonard Guitar Method,  - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume!
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume!
by Will Schmid
Edition: Plastic Comb
Price: CDN$ 16.62
40 used & new from CDN$ 11.78

4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best book, Jan. 30 2007
This book is one of the best guitar beginner books. It helps in the following areas:

1) Builds music reading ability.

2) Teach you in a string-by-string approach.

3) Music is wonderful especially played along with the CD.

4) Coil binding makes it very easy to read.

However, it does have some drawbacks:

1) Not all sounds are played on the CD, especially for strumming.

2) Introduce chords too earily in the book, which makes them hard to play for beginners.

3) Guitar sound track is not sepearated from other music instruments, and makes it difficult to listen to the guitar and learn the details.

Compare with Alfred's guitar method, I found Alfred's book is better than this book in that Alfred's book has all the benefits that this book provides except it is not coil-binding.

C++ Primer (4th Edition)
C++ Primer (4th Edition)
by Stanley B. Lippman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 39.68
12 used & new from CDN$ 13.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to C++, Nov. 14 2006
This book differentiates itself from a bunch of other similar books in that it provides a concise, accurate and yet comprehensive description to the C++ language. More importantly, its examples are well thought of and the techniques described stay current with the software industry. Each paragraph in the book is describing a single concept and never has repetitions. When referring to concepts in other chapters, the book indicates the page number right besides the related words, which makes it easy to find.

Some reviewers have commented that this book is not an easy read for the beginners. It is probably true, as this book has packed almost all important C++ concepts along with standard industry practice to it. However, if you really want to master C++, you have to understand them after all. Since the book is very concise and does not have repetition or duplicated paragraphs, it is advisable to read each chapter a few times to absorb them.

As a C++ programmer for a quite few years, I still find this 4th edition to be a valuable book both as an introduction and a reference manual. Excellent book!

The Very Best Of Rod Stewart
The Very Best Of Rod Stewart
Price: CDN$ 11.62
32 used & new from CDN$ 4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Rod is forever young!, June 16 2004
I had no idea who the Rod is until I moved to Canada. Although coming from a different cultural and language background, I found Rod's songs are romantic, inspiring and all his songs are bearing his unique voice. I bought both "It had to be you" and "The very best of Rod Stewart", however I listen to the later one very often as it collects many top hits of Rod Stewart.
Not only do I listen to Rod's song, but also I am deeply impressed by his continuous hardworking to refine his artistic styles while he is about to be 60 years old. I feel that I am greatly encouraged by him whenever I have a difficult time.
Rod, just like his song says, is forever young!

C++ Algorithms for Digital Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
C++ Algorithms for Digital Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
by Paul Embree
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 111.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on practical DSP programming, June 16 2004
This book presents a lot of useful DSP algorithms. The programs I have tested so far seem to be doing the job. The mathematics discussed seems to be just right as well. (For in-depth discussion, Rick' "understanding digital signal processing" and Proakis' "digital signal processing, principles, algorithms and applications" are the best.)
However the data used by this book is not standard wave PCM or other commonly used format. Therefore, it is difficult to directly use the programs. To make matters worse, the original data and processed data are not in the same format, which waste my whole afternoon just to figure this out.
The book also spends one chapter (about 70 pages) discussing C++ concepts, which I believe should be completely removed. The algorithms written in C++ are less easy to use than its corresponding algorithms in C version.
All in all, this book presents practical implementations for DSP algorithms. If this book had not stuffed its contents with C++ concepts, and used a common data format, I would have ranked this book five star.

Who Is Fourier? a Mathematical Adventure
Who Is Fourier? a Mathematical Adventure
by Transnational College of Lex Tokyo
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 8.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on fourier transform, Jan. 11 2004
This book has done an excellent job on explaining fourier transformation. Although I believe I have clear understanding on fourier transform, this book takes me to a new journey and let me look at this transform from another perspective. Well done!
However, the reason I can not give this book five star is that the book contains many redundant and irrelavant dialogues which distract your attention from time to time. To speed up your reading, you have to filter it out.
In addition, this book is over size and make it difficult for bed-time reading.

The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 0.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book on software interface design, Dec 24 2003
This book discusses many common design problems in our everyday things. It is an interesting and fun book to read. From a computer software designer point of view, this book points out how to think in a correct direction when you try to design a user interface. It provides some basic guidelines. In addition, the author's web site also provides additional advices on usability. You can check it out by accessing the link below:
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If you want to read this book, I suggest you not to read it during the bed time. As this book is so interesting, it keeps me reading till 2:30am in the morning.

The Design of Everyday Things
The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 0.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book on software interface design, Dec 24 2003
This book discusses many common design problems in our everyday things. It is an interesting and fun book to read. From a computer software designer point of view, this book points out how to think in a correct direction when you try to design a user interface. It provides some basic guidelines. In addition, the author's web site also provides additional advices on usability. You can check it out by accessing the link below:
[...]
If you want to read this book, I suggest you not to read it during the bed time. As this book is so interesting, it keeps me reading till 2:30am in the morning.

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
by Erich Gamma
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 39.68
42 used & new from CDN$ 39.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on micro-level OOD design, Dec 24 2003
I read this book along with "Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline" by Mary Shaw a few years ago. These two books have completely re-shaped way I desgin OO based software over the last few years. The "software architecture" book provides macro-level structures while the design pattern book provides micro-level implementation details. The combination of these two books provide a comprehensive view on software architeture and design. Excellent book.
Order online from amazon.ca is $20 cheaper than buying it directly from chapter or indigo bookstore. Too bad I did not buy it through amazon.ca at that time, which should have been saved to buy other books :-)

Understanding Digital Signal Processing
Understanding Digital Signal Processing
by Richard G. Lyons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 92.95
20 used & new from CDN$ 9.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to DSP, Nov. 25 2003
I am a software designer and only interested in how to use the FFT, FIR or IIR to achieve DSP on telephony devices. To me, give me a sub-routine and parameters, all I need to know is how to effectively and correctly use it. This book not only tells me what kind of the parameters might be for these sub-routines and but also the inside of these techniques plus the interrelations among various factors. This book combined with Steven W. Smith's FREE digital signal processing book (online free at [...]) would allow computer professionals with no previous DSP knowledge quickly get ready for the basic DSP techniques.
Highly recommended! Excellent book for bed time reading! If you only want to buy one book, buy this and download the other free book. You are ready to go!!
BTW, Can anybody send me the errata for this book? (Email: l_ting@hotmail.com) I found the equation 4-22, 4-23, 4-24 seems not quite correct, am I wrong or the book is wrong? Thanks in advance.

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