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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A MUST-READ for all C++ Developers


As a C++ instructor, I spend a lot of effort searching for good books to recommend to my students. *Effective C++* and *More Effective C++* are two books that I think every C++ developer should own. The writing style is fantastic and the presentation of the material is very approachable. The topics are arranged as "Items" that are organized around particular programming ideas instead of language features. The material is suitable for many experience levels: beginners to experts. Easy Decision for Today: Just Buy It



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE Javascript Reference!


I can't imagine any serious Javascript developer not having this book in his or her collection. It is the most complete reference I have seen on Javascript, and one of the most professionally written books period.
Where I work, the book is near ubiquitous among our web developers and has proven to be a valuable desk-side resource. I recently bought the 4th edition, after some of my coworkers commented on how worn my 3rd edition had become. No surprise, really, considering that I had to share the 3rd edition among six developers, all of whom were learning Javascript for the first time. I'm glad to once again have a nice, fresh copy of this book, and even more so, glad to have an updated reference with coverage of the new features in Javascript 1.5.
I'm pleased to say that the 4th edition lives up to the reputation of its predecessor. Reading is easy and informative, and the reference section provides answers to just about any question you'd have regarding the language syntax and object model.
If you're a web developer and have no other books in your collection, make sure you have this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for intermediate to advanced Perl scripters.


This is a great book for users who are not new to perl but would like a understanding of the "not-so-basic" Perl functions. This book does have some basic instruction, but is really lacking . The only big complaint I have about this book is the very limited instruction on how to create modules. With that in mind, I still feel that any "real" Perl programmer should have this on his desk.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cody's Data Cleaning Techniques Using SAS Software
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Ronald P. Cody, Ron Cody
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent As Usual!


Ron Cody is the master of SAS educational books: His clear informal style is undaunting, he supplies plenty of examples, and he explains both what you need to know and why you need to know it.
Many books teach SAS programming, but few of them explain how to identify "hidden" errors, such as duplicate observations, out-of-range or missing values, and whether an ID value is in each of two or more files. These are important checks, because programs will often run and look fine, even though they may contain these database errors (or, if not errors, assumptions that are not true).
The majority of the book is for intermediate to advanced users who set up databases for statistical manipulation. Although Cody tries to simplify things, it appeared that some techniques such as PROC SQL and macros assume some prior basic knowledge. However, as evident from the chapters listed below, there are valuable lessons that will help intermediate (and even some "advanced beginners" ) level users.
Chapters:1. Checking Values of Character Variables2. Checking Values of Numeric Variables3. Checking for Missing Values4. Working with Dates5. Looking for Duplicates and "n" Observations per Subject6. Working with Multiple Files7. Double Entry and Verification (PROC COMPARE)8. Some SQL Solutions to Data Cleaning9. Using Validation Data SetsAppendix: Listing of Raw Data Files and SAS Programs
There are lots of program examples and output that really make this a useful book. 226 pages, including index. Another great job by this author!