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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
awesome


I have vowed not to buy another WROX book that has more than 3 authors. This is an amazing book written by a single author. He is tackling a hard subject to write about,as XML, XSL, and XSLT is such a new thing there were few resources when this was written.
He covers the different parsers is great detail, although this is done in the appendice, so be sure and read the section on the parser you will be using. I haven't read through the whole thing, but so far everything in the book has been correct, thorough, and well-written.
He shows how to place a great deal of programming logic in XSLT which is important, because no matter what is spitting out the XML it is handy to be able to do perform standard programming logic such as loops and if/then statements.
I hope authors of other programming books will read this one and become inspired.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Barry Gerber
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not That Bad


Unlike others, I didn't care too much about the mistakes. No source is perfect and experienced techs will be able adapt and still be able to utilize the information. From my own experience, resolutions to problems have been found from various places so there will never be a single source for troublshooting. What I found lacking are screenshots. More would have been more helpful and easier to understand than reading the explanations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced PHP Programming
Publisher: Sams
Authors: George Schlossnagle
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Random Walk Through Web Programming with PHP


This not a terrible book -- it's a decent book with a poor title. It should be called something like "A Random Walk Through Web Programming with PHP." There's certainly nothing advanced about it. This book would be ideal for someone who has just learned PHP but lacks any real knowledge of computer science.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for those new to programming


While this may be an excellent primer for programmers who are new to Perl (I don't know), it's not the best place to start for those who are entirely new to programming, like me. This book assumes you have some familiarity with programming. I found the Visual Quickstart guide much easier to pick up from scratch.