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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Covers EVERYTHING!


The reviews for "HTML & XHTML" by Musciano and Kennedy are already overwhelmingly positive (save a few disgruntled readers here and there). I can see why readers heap so much praise upon this book. The author's intent is to show the reader how to write clean HTML, arguing that since web surfers can always change their browsers' appearance settings, content is still more important than style. I am a rookie at making web pages, yet after tinkering with HTML for a few days, I had already found myself thumbing through the book for reference.
I am not a programmer, and I think novices could still appreciate this book. However, I *strongly* recommend that potential readers have some exposure to HTML and understand how it works before purchasing. (Check out Jennifer Niederst's excellent "Learning Web Design" if you need a tutorial on the Internet and HTML.) In any case, the book is mainly geared towards experienced programmers, but I honestly believe that anyone can get the most out of this book if they are willing to experiment with HTML continually through trial and error.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Should be called The Practice of Programming in C


This book is way too C-centric for me (I do Perl pretty much exclusively). A lot of discussion of topics like memory management and such that is not terribly interesting for many programmers. In addition, most of the material seemed like the kind of thing a decent programmer will pick up on the job after a year or two if they are any good.
That said, this would probably make a great text for students in school who don't have much experience dealing with large, evolving projects, no matter what their preferred language is.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: UNIX Network Programming, Volume 2: Interprocess Communications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but not thorough.


I didn't get exactly what I needed out of this book. It's good as a reference, but I think it leaves out some information on different topics. The IPC section is a little skimpy, but then again it's not a book about IPC per se...some of the stuff the way it was written was not any more understandable than a manpage, and often you buy books hoping that they are worded less cryptically than manpages. On the upside, I got most of what I needed out of it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cynthia Gibas, Per Jambeck
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
AWFUL! SAVE YOUR MONEY


AWFUL BOOK. HAS MANY MANY ERRORS. SAVE YOUR MONEY. NOT USEFUL.THE WRITERS DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT.