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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VI Editor Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not quite as helpful as some of the other Pocket References


I own four of the O'Reilly pocket references, and of them, this is (sadly) the least useful to me. I am already fairly skilled with the vi (and vim) editor and I was trying to pick up small pointers and tips that would increase my efficiency with the editor. I do a lot of programming with vi, and I know there are some things that I am not doing that could be saving me time.
Perhaps the best comparison for this book would be the OReilly Sed & Awk pocket reference. That is really a fantastic little book that offers a cohesive and brief introduction to the editor.
This book, instead, reads like a list of commands with very brief descriptions with, seemingly, little scheme or order. It is easier to read the manpage. Sadly, I have not found much use for this book yet.
So it might be good to have around if you were trying to do something on a system without manpages, or if you were willing to dedicate the time to figure out the organization of this book (whcih I frankly doubt there is). But in the long run, I think most people (even those seasoned vi(m) users out there) will better benefit from buying the parent book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors: Susan Hansche, John Berti, Chris Hare
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Absolute HOG.


I blindly purchased this book thinking, "its the official guide it should be decent" and boy was I surprised. The book is absolutely terrible. It's as if the three authors independently just threw their own thoughts into each chapter without even consulting each other.

The first chapter is absolutely shocking, you cant tell which paragraph belongs to which section making it impossible to learn the material. The authors use about 6 different types of heading styles without any form of numbering so you cant tell what belongs where. The concepts in the first chapter are all muddled up and spread out throughout the entire chapter making it very difficult to link or make any common sense out of the material. Maybe to someone who has already learnt the material from another source like the well organized Shon Harris Book "All in one CISSP Certification" you can THINK about reading this hog but even then I would save myself the 60 bucks.
I am sure the authors have a great knowledge of the subject pity they have no idea about writing a book or at least laying one out in a manner that is useful to others.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Verbose, ok beginners book


I have an extensive programming background. I joined a new group that used PERL and a co-worker had this book so I borrowed it. It was somewhat frustrating because of its long windedness. The book could have conveyed the same ideas in 1/2 - 2/3's the space in some cases, especially the begiiner stuff like control flow. Also, it glosses over some of the advanced topics.
Even so, it did the job and I learned PERL.
If you are a beginner this book should be ok.
I don't think the O'Reilly PERL books are good for learning PERL, only as references. The PERL Cookbook is pretty good, with some useful examples.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Java 1.5 Enhancements


Last semester, I used this book for a Java Programming class. I commend the Deitel and Deitel to be one of the first authors to cover the many features of Java 1.5. And, believe me there are numerous enhancements that were added to Java 1.5.

You do want a book that starts off with the enhancements as opposed to one that mentions them in an appendix as an afterthought.

The students seem to like the fact that the authors thoroughly explain every line of every example.