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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
Excellent choice!!

The format and style of this book is excellent. I've only read one other book in the Sams series and was equally impressed! If you're just getting started, this is where you want to be!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The perfect book for the beginning Unix programmer

Elsewhere on Amazon I reviewed Kernighan's "Elements of Programming Style." To quote one paragraph from that review -
Brian Kernighan has co-authored three books almost essential to learning our craft, this volume, "Software Tools" and "The Unix Programming Environment". "Elements of Programming Style" spells out the fundamental rules, "Software Tools" shows you how to apply them to a number of simple projects and extends the rules to software design and finally "The Unix Programming Environment" shows you how to use them in an operating system designed to reward you for your effort.
This volume starts with a short, excellent preface detailing some of the early history of Unix and explaining the structure of the book and the philosophy behind it . The preface states "Our goal in this book is to communicate the UNIX programming philosophy ... throughout runs the themes of combining programs and of using programs to build programs." It delivers on that goal.
The book then follows with a series of chapters that start with basic shell commands and then pipes before branching out into shell programming and going on to explore useful Unix tools such as grep, sed, awk, C, the standard libraries, make, yacc and lex through a series of small useful programs culminating in a small calculator language called `hoc' - a useful calculator and easily extensible.
While most might feel that grep, sed, awk and shell programming have been replaced by tools such as Perl and Python these early chapters provide a good grounding in Unix programming and remind newer users of the power and usefulness of these simple Unix tools.
Briefly covered in a final chapter are some of the document preparation tools based on troff - the macro packages ms, mm and of course the man package used for Unix man pages along with tbl and eqn for tables and mathematical equations respectively.
In totality it provides an excellent grounding in writing good, workable software for Unix. The writing is clear and concise, the volume well laid out, the examples are in the main useful, though a few rely on multiple users of the one machine, not as common now that Linux and Sun have made a Unix computer more of a desktop machine than a minicomputer.
This is a classic book and I would recommend it to all starting out Unix programming, regardless of your experience with other operating systems. Ignore it's age, computer books are rarely this good and almost never this timeless.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice book

Pleasure to read. Also, make sure u get ISBN: 0139353224.
Two-Dimensional Signal and Image Processing

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
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I would say this book is about 1/4 very general information, 1/4 Windows specific stuff, 1/4 hardware level stuff, and 1/4 USB protocol stuff. There is about 400 pages of content (big font), so each of those is about 100 pages.
I personally was not looking for Windows specific stuff or hardware level stuff, and the general stuff was too general to be of interest to me.
So only about 1/4 of the book had information of value to me. That 1/4 was pretty good, but nothing special... ok it was special in the sense that I have not seen any other books right now even trying to provide the same information, and I find the USB specs excessively arcane/byzantine.