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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not longer than 21 days to get it! Really good for beginners

I've been studying Perl for 1 year and I felt that something is missing. When I bought this book I figured out that Regular Expressions, Debugging and many other things was not that difficult. Buy this book and in 21 days become an expert in Perl.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Management Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bob Boiko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well-written and easy to read

As a "tecchie" in our IT department, I often have a difficult time articulating *why* we need a (or any) Content Management Systems *at all*.
This book provides 1000 pages of rationale for even the most inquisitive (and often adamant) management folk. And it does so in a very well-organized fashion *without* getting bogged down in "techspeak".
The authors are to be congratulated for a fine piece of writing that is very useful in planning, justfication, and implementation of enterprise-wide Content Management Systems.
I'd recommend it to *anyone* who is looking for a coherent detailed picture of Content Management concepts.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Systems Design: An Introduction to Processes, Tools and Techniques
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Arnold Berger, Arnold S. Berger
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Book for beginners

I was tempted to give this book two stars because the topic is excellent, however Berger falls short of the mark. The book is aimed at beginners (quote: "A complete discussion of <X> would quickly drive all but the most dedicated readers into 'geek overload', so I'll end my discussion here."), but fails in that endevour by providing a patchy and incoherent text. The book is sprinkled with insights from "In the Trenches" which makes you doubt that he's actually ever been there.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing Google "Quick Reference"

Google is one of the (if not the foremost) most well-known search engines on the 'Net and this book of 100 "Google Hacks" makes anyone's forays into searching on Google much easier and fun. Among the hacks listed in Chapter 1 include "getting around Google's 10 Word Search Limit," Mixing Syntaxes, Date-Range Searching, Using Full-Word Wildcards, Tracking Stocks, and searching article archives. Perfect for "non-geeky types like me. But wait, there's much more! Chapter 2 discusses Google's Special Services and Collections, like the Google Directory, newsgroups and images. There's a chapter explaining the Google Web API and another chapter listing hacks for Google Web API programs. Chapter 7 lists a few hacks (ie. "pranks") you can pull on your friends if you're in a playful mood.
The authors have put the usual excellent and thorough job into this book that I've known to love and appreciate about all O'Reilly books. Not only do they take the time to thoroughly explain Google and topics related to Google, they also with a number of hacks show code examples, making it easy to implement them.
Hacks (and hackers, not crackers) in recent times have gotten a bad name as another reviewer pointed out. The 100 hacks this book lists are ones that are of benefit to all who use Google as their primary search engine.