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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!


This is an excellent book for first time perl programmers. If you really want learn perl, buy this book but I highly reccommend buying Perl Programing or other great perl books from O'Reilly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The True Java Bible


This book offers tiny examples and prose for just about all the aspects of Java. They are very concise and to the point, giving you time to analyze them closer; and maybe use the javadocs to get the feel of how everything fits into place. I'll probably reference this book often in the future. I don't think that this would be an "easy read " for those who are new to programming, so it's probably wise to get a little programming experience first.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The 7-Step Writing Format is so easy to apply


When I first started writing procedures for my company, I had such difficulty in figuring out how to present the information. I tried the outline and then narrative and neither were well received by my readers. Then I bought this book and I was amazed at how simple the author's writing format really was. Once I understood how to use each section heading, I simply filled in the blanks, more or less as the author states, it's not not easy, but close enough. What I liked even more was that the author kept to the format even if all categories were not used. He simply wrote "NA" in the section, but KEPT the 7 sections regardless of content. My readers love this format and thank me for releasing such professional looking procedures. Thanks Steve Page.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Weak for an O'Reilly Book


I'm a profressional web developer, and I have probably a dozen O'Reilly books on my desk. This is the first one that has disappointed me.

1. Including both C# and VB code in a single edition makes the book much fatter than it needs to be, and quite inaccessible. It would have been better to print two editions of the book.

2. Some examples are too lengthy. I tend to find smaller examples more useful than large ones, because they're easier to get running and then adapt to my own purposes. I appreciate that the authors are trying to demonstrate "real world" applications like a Bug Database and a Stock Ticker, but unless you are going to spend hours digging through the code, these sorts of examples are not practical. It would have been better to include more small examples to illustrate key points.

3. No reference section! :(

So, I'm still hunting for a really great ASP.NET book...