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    1. Head First Design Patterns
    by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
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    Asin: 0596007124
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
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    You're not alone. At any given moment, somewhere in the world someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. You know you don't want to reinvent the wheel (or worse, a flat tire), so you look to Design Patterns--the lessons learned by those who've faced the same problems. With Design Patterns, you get to take advantage of the best practices and experience of others, so that you can spend your time on...something else. Something more challenging. Something more complex. Something more fun.You want to learn about the patterns that matter--why to use them, when to use them, how to use them (and when NOT to use them). But you don't just want to see how patterns look in a book, you want to know how they look "in the wild". In their native environment. In other words, in real world applications. You also want to learn how patterns are used in the Java API, and how to exploit Java's built-in pattern support in your own code.You want to learn the real OO design principles and why everything your boss told you about inheritance might be wrong (and what to do instead).You want to learn how those principles will help the next time you're up a creek without a design paddle pattern.Most importantly, you want to learn the "secret language" of Design Patterns so that you can hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions his stunningly clever use of Command, Facade, Proxy, and Factory in between sips of a martini. You'll easily counter with your deep understanding of why Singleton isn't as simple as it sounds, how the Factory is so often misunderstood, or on the real relationship between Decorator, Facade and Adapter.With Head First Design Patterns, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking Decorator is something from the "Trading Spaces" show. Best of all, in a way that won't put you to sleep!We think your time is too important (and too short) to spend it struggling with academic texts.If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First Design Patterns will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks. In a way that lets you put them to work immediately. In a way that makes you better at solving software design problems, and better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team. ... Read more

    2. Programming C#
    by Jesse Liberty
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    Asin: 0596006993
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
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    Jesse Liberty's Programming C# provides an adept andextremely well conceived guide to the C# language and is written forthe developer with some previous C++, Java, and/or Visual Basicexperience.

    It's no secret that many computer books are pretty muchdevoid of an authorial personality. This title is a winning exception.The author is able to weave in clever examples (using such topics ashis own long experience in computing, his dog, Star Trek, etc.)without being coy or getting in the way of presenting real technicalinformation. Liberty's wide experience in computers and general writingskill shows, as he is able to draw on a wealth of examples to move histext forward.

    These are a couple of goals at work in ProgrammingC#. First, it's an excellent language tutorial, certainly one ofthe smartest and best available guides to C# as a language. Earlychapters explore basic and obscure language options using inheritance,delegation, interface, and the conventions in C# used to implementthese techniques. The middle part of the book turns toward the .NETFramework itself, with two useful (and somewhat introductory) chapterson both Windows Forms and Web Forms, for standalone and Web-basedapplications, respectively.

    Later sections crank up the technicalknowledge again with several advanced topics on understanding .NETassemblies and deployment in detail, as well as "reflection" APIs thatallow .NET programs to essentially modify their code at run time. (Onetechnique, reflection emit, which literally writes bytecodes, willdefinitely interest expert readers, though it's unlikely mostprogrammers will need to do this.) Final sections look at the .NETstream classes (rivaled only by Java's for complexity). Liberty looksat basic file and network I/O as well as how objects get serialized andmarshaled both for SOAP and Web services and "normal" .NETremoting.

    The author's sure hand here in navigating the difficultwaters of C# and .NET makes for a relatively concise text that ischock-full of useful information on C#. Filled with notably clever andinventive examples, this book is possibly this veteran computerauthor's best title to date, and it's sure to be a noteworthy resourceas experienced developers tackle C# for the first time. --RichardDragan

    Topics covered:

    • Introduction to C# and the .NET platform
    • A "Hello World" example in C#
    • Tutorial to C# as an object-oriented programming language (typesand variables, operators, namespaces, and preprocessor directives)
    • Defining classes in C# (including static members, finalizers,overloading, and read-only fields)
    • Inheritance and polymorphism implemented in C#
    • Operator overloading
    • Structures in C#, interfaces, arrays, and indexers
    • Built-in .NET collections, strings, and regular expression support
    • Structured exception handling
    • Delegate and events
    • Introduction to programming with Windows Forms
    • ADO.NET database APIs (including basic XML support)
    • Quick introduction to Web Forms and ASP.NET used with C#
    • Introduction to Web services (SOAP, WSDL, and Discover servicesdescribed)
    • In-depth guide to .NET assemblies (including metadata, versioning,private and shared assemblies)
    • C# support for attributes and reflection (including reflection emittechniques)
    • Marshaling and remoting (with and without SOAP)
    • Threads and synchronization
    • Tutorial to C#/.NET streams (including basic I/O techniques, Webstreams, and serialization)
    • COM and .NET interoperability
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    3. Head First Java, 2nd Edition
    by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
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    Asin: 0596009208
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-10)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 839
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    It has taken four years, but with Head First Java the introductory Java book category has finally come of age. This is an excellent book, far more capable than any of the scores of Java-for-novices books that have come before it. Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates deserve rich kudos--and big sales--for developing this book's new way of teaching the Java programming language, because any reader with even a little bit of discipline will come away with true understanding of how the language works. Perhaps best of all, this is no protracted "Hello, World" introductory guide. Readers get substantial exposure to object-oriented design and implementation, serialization, neatwork programming, threads, and Remote Method Invocation (RMI).

    Key to the authors' teaching style are carefully designed graphics. Rather than explain class inheritance (to cite one example) primarily with text, the authors use a series of tree diagrams that clarify the mechanism far more succinctly. The diagrams are carefully annotated with arrows and notes. Also characteristic of the unique teaching strategy is heavy reliance on exercises, in which the reader is asked to complete partial classes, write whole new code segments and do design work. Though there's little discussion of why the exercises' correct answers are what they are, it's clear that the practice work was carefully designed to reinforce the lesson at hand. If you've waited this long to give Java a try, this book is a great choice. --David Wall

    Topics covered: The Java programming language for people with no Java experience, and even people with no programming experience at all. Key concepts read like a list of Java features: Object oriented design, variable type and scope, object properties and methods, inheritance and polymorphism, exceptions, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), network connectivity, Java archives (JAR files), and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy learning Java with the book from experts
    I have been working with Java programming language for 5 years. I successfully passed several certification exams. So I know the details of The Java World. Even so I have recently bought Head First Java book (which looks like being intended especially for beginners) and I found out new funny ways how very simply and effectively learn Java.
    Believe me. It is very effective book and besides it you will have a lot of fun. That is what I usually miss at my work place :-)
    The book uses a lot of pictures and graphics. At first sight you could think (as I did) that is not worth of it at all ! But the contrary is true and you will learn Java very easily and deeply. I own second book from K.Sierra and B.Bates - Head First EJB. Same way of learning. Same recommendation.
    I strongly recommend it to everyone and I little bit regret I had not bought it earlier.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Java Book
    Not only does this book give a beginner a comprehensive tutorial in Java, it also highlights Object Oriented Concepts that are essential to good Java programming.I would have given this book a five star rating, if it wasn't for bad editing (errors in examples, etc.)But, at least, there are less errors than the first edition.This is the first book on learning Java that I have been able to actually sit down and make my way through.Rather than use the basic Java compiler, I would recommend using the Eclipse product (download free at since that is the new emerging standard in Java (and other lanugages) programming.Learning Eclipse while you are learning Java would only help.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Newbies recommended book - Stater!
    Well...this book is very perfect for those newbies who want to really gain understanding in Java. Sierra and Bates are just awesome in detailing the theory of Java. They both know how to make Java looked a little bit chilled. If my suggestion is allowed, I would really suggest them to write more codes in their book. Somehow, their theory is great, but I feel programming needs more example to foster our understanding and experience on the codes. Overall, this book is RECOMMENDED for OO Java programming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learning is fun and this book defines what fun is !!!
    I had tried learning java. After several false starts with various books, I finally got to know about Head First Java. This book was amazing. I feel confident that I will never ever forget the concepts. Actually the concepts also help me to clear the SCJP exam with 91%, all this within 2 months of learning Java !!! I strongly recommend this book for people who want to learn java. All the essential concepts are covered. May be later you can upgrade to a full fledged reference, but this builds your fundamentals. Now I am learning Servlets and JSP from Head First Servlets and JSP. The fun in learning continues !!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Head on Head First Java
    'Head First Java' is easily the best learner's text for Java I've looked through. Not only have Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates produced a coherent text that is also fun and engaging: their particular approach has also been very thoughtful. They take time to consider how the format of the book assists the reader's grasp of the material, and then religiously follow through on this concrete rationale to educating. And mark my words: you will be educated. 'Head First Java' will take you swiftly through important Java concepts and formulae, covering (lucidly) in twenty pages what other books dawdle over in forty.

    I only fault this books usefulness to true computing novices, as it makes assumptions about the extent of the readers' knowledge prior to opening the first page. Used in conjuction with a less-assuming and cleaner text, though, 'Head First Java' will almost certainly concretize the education of as many novice programmers as it will independently accentuate the knowledge of Java converts.

    Put this one back on the bookshelf at your own peril. ... Read more

    4. Head First EJB (Brain-Friendly Study Guides)
    by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
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    Asin: 0596005717
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-29)
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    Sales Rank: 8080
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    What do Ford Financial, IBM, and Victoria's Secret have in common? Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB).As the industry standard for platform-independent reusable business components, EJB has just become Sun Microsystem's latest developer certification. Whether you want to be certifiable or just want to learn the technology inside and out, Head First EJB will get you there in the least painful way. And with the greatest understanding. You'll learn not just what the technology *is*, but more importantly, *why* it is, and what it is and isn't good for. You'll learn tricks and tips for EJB development, along with tricks and tips for passing this latest, very challenging Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) exam. You'll learn how to think like a server. You'll learn how to think like a bean. And because this is a Head First book, you'll learn how to think about thinking.Co-author Kathy Sierra was one of Sun's first employees to teach brave, early adopter customers how to use EJB. She has the scars. But besides dragging you deep into EJB technology, Kathy and Bert will see you through your certification exam, if you decide to go for it. And nobody knows the certification like they do - they're co--evelopers of Sun's actual exam! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book to learn the basics
    Overall a very good book in the context of Fundamentals and objectives of the exam SCBCD. I am giving it 4 stars because I felt that an "Exam Quick Prep" at the end would have helped in the last minute studying for the exam. I also think that giving a flavour of design patterns would have been beneficial..

    Having said that, for the advanced readers in my opinion Richard's "Enterprise Java Beans" is more applicable and interesting.

    IMHO EJB Learning curve
    1.)Kathy's Book "Head First EJB"
    2.)Enterprise Java Bean OR Mastering Enterprise Java Beans
    3.)J2EE Design and Development by Rod Johnson

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
    This is a very excellent book for SCBCD. Anyone interested to pass the exam should not miss this book. This book is very clear and makes learning EJB very easy. This book is very outstanding and I wish the authors write more books so that we can enjoy them. I passed the SCBCD with a score of 92% and I am very thankful to the authors. I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been to learn EJB without this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of cartoons and funny drawings for kids
    My review probably stands out like a sore thumb from all the others raving about this book.

    I was disappointed from the moment I opened this book. Remember: if you LIKE cartoons and lots of funny diagrams, cute (read 'annoying') scribbled notes littered around paragraphs, a ton of smiley faces, farm animals leaping pages, etc etc then this book is for you. I found the drawings cheesy and distracting. The hundreds of 'special' scribbles and bold and shaded paragraphs only took away from the value of the subject matter. The book is designed to grip and retain the interest of the young audience and maybe for people who have attention deficit disorder. If you are a normal guy like me, who is committed to reading the book then you can pick up and run with any of the other splendid and meticulous books written on EJBs. I would highly recommend Enterprise JavaBeans from O'Reilly.

    Aside from that, the subject matter in this head first book seemed to be well covered and in appropriate detail.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great certification prep book
    I just passed the exam using only this book and my own EJB experience. This book provides a thorough review of everything needed on the exam. For all you "just the facts ma'am" types, I'd like to say that I'm one too, but if you relax and enjoy the humor in this book, it actually does make it an easier read. The conversational style also helps in comprehension and retention. The only downside is that occasionally the humor contains what I would consider to be inappropriate language. Overall however, I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great study guide for SCBCD !
    In my opinion Head First EJB is a great study guide for the Sun Certified Business Component Developer exam. It's format is designed to make you understand and remember things in an easy and fun way and it definately worked for me! I studied for the exam mainly using this book, and passed with a score of 97%.

    The book explains all aspects you need to know clearly and contains many useful excercises and mock tests. Altough it covers not every tiny detail of the specs and the exam, I'm sure you will pass the exam if you know this book in and out.

    I already had some experience wit EJB and the book made me understand a lot of what's going on behind the scene! So i'ts not only a good book for SCBCD, but also a very good and thorough introduction/course to the EJB-theory !

    Head First rocks! ... Read more

    5. Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
    by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
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    Asin: 0596000278
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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    Larry Wall wrote Perl and he wrote Programming Perl. Better yet,he writes amusingly and well--all of which comes across in this latest editionof the definitive guide to the language.

    Like Topsy, Perl just grew, and as a result the need for a third edition cameabout. It's now over 1,000 pages, which it needs to be, as it performs severaldifferent duties. First, it's an introduction to the Perl language for those whoare new to programming; also, it's a guide for those who are coming from otherlanguages; and, finally, it's a Perl language reference.

    Among Larry Wall's other pursuits is being a linguist, and it's perhaps for thisreason that Perl is a peculiarly flexible language with many routes to achievingthe same ends, as the authors ably demonstrate. It's also extensible in severalways, designed to work with many other languages. Also, as it's largelyinterpreted, programs written in Perl tend to run unmodified on a variety ofplatforms--although platform-specific Perl modules and programming practices arealso discussed.

    A major strength of Programming Perl is the way subject areas areapproached from several directions. This constant shift of viewpoint eliminatesblind spots in the reader's understanding and provides a pleasing echo of theway Perl itself can take many routes from here to there.

    Because the Perl community is both knowledgeable and active, the language coversmuch more ground here than in the previous edition. Even if you have bothprevious editions, you'll want this latest version--if only for the new jokes.--Steve Patient, ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Who said ....
    The book is definetely written for those who at least have some (or maybe a little more than just "some") programming background, and willing to learn Perl from the author of the language.

    I read the first edition of the book, which was about 200 pages, or something in that range, which filled my mind with nothing but questions. Current edition, however, could answer to all of those questions (well, almost). Of course, to make it answer them I had to re-read the book four times. But none of the books I currently own (and I own quite a few) could've taken me to the innards of the language so deep no matter how many times I had read them. So the book is of value.

    The Camel book, especially, does a great job on Regular Expressions and pattern matching. If you want to learn RegEx of perl in very details, you definitely need listen to the author of Perl. "Mastering Regular Expressions" by Jeffrey Friedl is also a good choise, but doesn't include the latest updates.

    Formats aren't covered very well though. So you might consider "The Lama book" for that ("Learning Perl"). Still, none of the books can tell you about the innards of the Perl in so much detail overall than "Programming Perl".

    OOP is also toched upon in the book. Since purpose of the author is not to preach you OO lingo (but plain Perl), you'll treat that part just as an intorduction to OOP and consider "Object Oriented perl" by Damian Convey as the next text book.

    I found chpater 14, "Tied variables" very helpfull though. It might remind you of DBM/Berkley DB, through the syntax

    tie my %db, 'AnyDBM_File', 'my_file', O_CREAT|O_RDWR, 0664;

    but unfortunately it's not about DBM at all. It is about how the "tie" function works, and teaches you how to create your own classes for implementing with "tie". After that chapter, I even had to update some of my classes and saved lots of time for their updates.

    "Compiling", chapter 18 ,is a must read chapter for those who "live & breath" with Perl (like me, may be ?).

    I don't want you to buy the book unless you have a good understanding of Programming or/and have knowledge of some programming languages. Otherwise, it won't help at all.

    If your purpose is just to get started with Web applications, go for "CGI progamming 101" by Jacqueline Hamilton. It is a good start. But if you want to go even deeper, "Learning Perl" and "Perl Coookbook" is the next choise. Keep the "The Camel" book as the next (but definitely, not the last).

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too Much Garbage, Not Enough Perl
    Here's a quick summary of my opinion: I think the third edition is a TERRIBLE book for people who already know how to program, and want to come up to speed on Perl. And if your not familiar with unix systems, you SURE should look elsewhere, cuz you'll get no help from this book.

    In the intro to the third edition, the authors note that they've added "more tutorial information for non-programmers."

    Well, let me tell you: Between all this new tutorial information (comparing Perl to English) and the author's "funny" comments in parentheses, it's hard to follow the substance of this book.

    I've been programming for years. I can apprecaite a funny programming book - as long as it's well written. Humor in a such a book can help to keep the reader engaged in a dry topic. But THIS book!? Man! Every other paragraph has three "funny" interjections. It gets tiring.

    MUCH worse is the "tutorial information" for those who might be new to programming. The book reads like somebody went through the text, interjecting explanations anywhere they thought a programming neophyte might not understand something. It's really hard for an experienced developer to read past this stuff.

    Taken all together, you get good material interspersed with too many pseudo-jokes and too much useless quasi-turtorial information. It's hard to follow. It's hard to dig out anything useful.

    Another really enormous failing of this book is its near total assumption that readers have unix backgrounds. Oh, there are some condescending references to non-unix platforms ("welcome to OUR world" is one). But many things are explained as being "similar to shell scripting". So, while the authors assumes that the reader might not know what an array is (arrgh) they assume you know what DBM is, or what name globbing is, or whatever. This book is VERY unhelpful to Windows programmers.

    To hear other people talk about this book, you'd think it was handed down to the development community on Mt. Sinai etched on stone tablets. Well, that MAY have been true of the second edition. But this edition... Yuck! Absolutely HIDEOUS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for mastering a great language - Perl
    It's said I am one of the few people who've gone through this book among my friends. Yes. I do enjoy it very much in the past months. It's a long poem, which shows the wisdom of this language from time to time.

    We may have to admit that the so-called 'value' is indeed the preference of people. Thus I'll free free to comment this book with my favor. I think this book is great because I like this well-designed language so much and ...

    Because it covers everything you need or want to know about Perl - a perfect reference book.

    Because it explains the thinking underlying the language - a philosophical book toward a perfect language.

    Because it is so concise, saving my time, but provides sufficient hints to help experienced programmers master this language - a poem.

    I like the apropos humor appearing everywhere in the book. It's essential to programmers' life - a good old friend.

    And we, Chinese, think "Fish acquired, fishnet thrown away." If you do master Perl, no treasuring the Perl books. I believe this book would be the last Perl book I throw away.

    2-0 out of 5 stars The author talks too much
    I had read only 5 chapters and didn't tolerate it anymore. The author talks too much.. each 10 lines he wrote anything about his life. I had gotten nervous. Buy it by a humour book, dont a programming book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Perl programming bible
    This is the Perl programming bible. It's all in here. However there is a caveat, it's a bible so it has some religion in it. The style is somewhat ambling at times and occasionally obtuse. So if you are trying to learn Perl from scratch, read the aptly named "Learning Perl" book first (as I did). This book will then serve as an excellent guide to the more advanced features and and a reference. ... Read more

    6. MySQL Cookbook
    by Paul DuBois
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    Catlog: Book (2002-11)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Good programming--which is to say, programming that yields both efficient code and a profitable life for the programmer--depends on not reinventing the wheel. If someone else has solved the problem you're facing (and someone almost always has), you'd be foolish to waste your energy figuring out your own solution. MySQL Cookbook presents solutions to scores of problems related to the MySQL database server. Readers stand a good chance of finding a ready-made solution to problems such as querying databases, validating and formatting data, importing and exporting values, and using advanced features like session tracking and transactions. Paul DuBois has done a great job assembling efficient solutions to common database programming problems, andteaches his readers a lot about MySQL and its attendant APIs in the process.

    DuBois organizes his cookbook's recipes into sections on the problem, the solution stated simply, and the solution implemented in code and discussed. The implementation and discussion sections are the most valuable, as they contain the command sequences, code listings, and design explanations that can be transferred to outside projects. The main gripe readers will have about MySQL Cookbook is that the author, in his effort to cover the range of MySQL-friendly programming languages, uses different languages in his solutions to various problems. You'll see a Perl solution to one programming challenge (Perl, in fact, is the most frequently used language, followed by PHP), a Python fix for the next, and a Java sample after that. Readers have to hope that they find a solution in the language they're working with, or that they're able to transliterate the one DuBois has provided. It's usually not a big problem.--David Wall

    Topics covered: How to make MySQL databases do your bidding--in terms of queries, table manipulation, data formatting, transactions, and Webinterfaces--through the database server's command line interfaces and (more importantly) through the MySQL APIs of Perl, PHP, Java, and Python. Particularly excellent coverage deals with formatting dates and times, management of null values, string manipulation, and import/export techniques. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent All-Around Guide To MySQL Programming
    I am an experienced web developer and recently started using Perl with MySQL to build database-driven CGI applications.
    MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois turned out to be a valuable reference resource.

    While the title mentions only MySQL, the book provides a great deal of solutions (and code) for using MySQL with Perl, PHP, Python and Java. If you are familiar with any of these computer languages, this book and MySQL manual is all you need to start building applications with MySQL-compatible database backend.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hand-on guide to MySQL
    There are many databases out there. MySQL is one of the better ones. It's a free (for personal use) database system which can be easily integrated into a web application on virtually any system. It has supports most of the standard feature found in most database system and has quiet a few features unique to MySQL. This particular book is a good reference for the experienced user as well as for new comers and as an added bonus even covers MySQL 4.0.

    This is book was my first introduction to O'Reilly's cookbook series. It provides solutions to some of the most common challenged faced by the particular subject being covered (in this case MySQL). I thoroughly enjoyed it and was quiet impressed with it. Too many technical books simply introduce the concept without relating it to real world applications.

    This particular book introduces all of the most basic concepts of database manipulation (table creation, data insertion, data deletion, data update). As well as writing simple and advanced SQL statements to retrieve data. It approaches database design using 4 of the most popular languages (Perl, PHP, Python and Java). These are only a few of the many possible languages which can be used to manipulate a MySQL database.

    MySQL cookbook touches on a variety of different topics which I don't have the space or time to cover in detail, but here is a list of them:

    * Handeling duplicates
    * MySQL on the Web
    * Processing Web input with MySQL
    * Using MySQL-based Web Session Management

    One of my favorite topics covered in the book is the idea of storing binary data such as images within a database. Although not ideal for most cases (unless you need fast access to a vast array of images), just the idea of it has a certain kewlness effect.

    Well, overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It needs to touch slightly more on the basic concepts of databases, and it can become the only book you'll ever need for MySQL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a nice addition to O'Reilly's Cookbook series
    As an experienced Oracle DBA I had a need to learn about MySQL for the development of the FmPro Migrator utility to migrate FileMaker databases to MySQL. This book enabled me to quickly learn how to perform tasks in MySQL which are equivalent to what I would perform with Oracle. Congratulations to O'Reilly and Paul DuBois for continuing the fine tradition of Cookbook series books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Style!
    This book is full of examples. This is perfect for a learn-by-example programmer like me. It makes a handy reference, too. He has examples and tips for just about everything the typical MySQL coder would ever need to do. Excellent reference - I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WELL-DONE, OR RATHER, WELL-COOKED
    In this "MySQL Cookbook", Paul DuBois ensured that a wide range of topics were covered. In fact, most Unix and Mac OS X users would cherish the contents of this text. Comprehensive information were presented in a very uncomplicated way. The book did advanced analysis of all MySQL-based scripts which are applicable to Java, Perl, Python and PHP. The same story goes for MySQL-based web scripts under Apache and Tomcat. It gave readers sufficient guidance to codes, using time-saving illustrative examples. However, beginners who need to start from the scratch may not appreciate this advanced approach.
    In conclusion, this is a dependable text that both intermediate and advanced MySQL learners would appreciate. ... Read more

    7. Head First Servlets & JSP
    by Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
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    Imagine a world without eBay...unthinkable! How would you get that Farrah Fawcett poster, retired Beanie Baby, or first-edition pet rock? Handling over a gazillion (OK, we exaggerate--it's actually only 1 billion) page views each day, server-side Java makes eBay work.Isn't it time you learned the latest (J2EE 1.4) versions of Servlets & JSPs? This book will get you way up to speed on the technology you'll know it so well, in fact, that you can pass the Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) 1.4 exam.If that's what you want to do, that is. Maybe you don't care about the exam, but need to use Servlets & JSPs in your next project. You're working on a deadline. You're over the legal limit for caffeine. You can't waste your time with a book that makes sense only AFTER you're an expert (or worse one that puts you to sleep).No problem. Head First Servlets and JSP's brain-friendly approach drives the knowledge straight into your head (without sharp instruments). You'll interact with servlets and JSPs in ways that help you learn quickly and deeply. It may not be The Da Vinci Code, but quickly see why so many reviewers call it "a page turner". Most importantly, this book will help you use what you learn. It won't get you through the exam only to have you forget everything the next day.Learn to write servlets and JSPs, what makes the Container tick (and what ticks it off), how to use the new JSP Expression Language (EL), what you should NOT write in a JSP, how to write deployment descriptors, secure applications, and even use some server-side design patterns. Can't talk about Struts at a cocktail party? That'll change. You won't just pass the exam, you will truly understand this stuff, and you'll be able to put it to work right away.This new exam is tough--much tougher than the previous version of the SCWCD. The authors of Head First Servlets and JSP know: they created it. (Not that it EVER occurred to them that if they made the exam really hard you'd have to buy a study guide to pass it.) The least they could do is give you a stimulating, fun way to pass the thing. If you're one of the thousands who used Head First EJB to pass the SCWCD exam, you know what to expect! ... Read more

    8. Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
    by Robbie Allen
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    The book contains hundreds of step-by-step solutions for both common and uncommon problems that you might encounter with Active Directory on a daily basis--including recipes to deal with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. Author Robbie Allen, a Senior Systems Architect at Cisco Systems and co-author of our Active Directory tutorial, based this collection of troubleshooting recipes on his own experience, along with input from Windows administrators throughout the industry. Each recipe includes a discussion to explain how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.If your company is considering an upgrade from Windows NT or 2000 to Windows Server 2003, the Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 will help reduce the time and trouble it takes to configure and deploy Active Directory for your network. This Cookbook is also a perfect companion to Active Directory, the tutorial that experts hail as the best source for understanding Microsoft's network directory service. While Active Directory provides the big picture, Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 gives you the quick solutions you need to cope with day-to-day dilemmas. Together, these books supply the knowledge and tools so you can get the most out of Active Directory to manage users, groups, computers, domains, organizational units, and security policies on your network. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to instructions for Active Directory Scripters
    Book Review: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows ® Server 2003 and Windows ® Server 2000
    Pages: 622
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; (September 2003)
    ISBN: 0596004648
    Rating: 9/10
    Rater - Carlos Magalhaes - Active Directory Programming MVP

    About the author - Robbie Allen has been authoring books for quite some time now. I have been following every release. Robbie has a wonderful writing style that allows for quick and enjoyable reading. This book is no exception. Robbie has a thorough knowledge of Active Directory; he recently was awarded the MVP award from Microsoft (well done, Robbie!) and is highly respected in the Active Directory community.

    Hidden gems - Being a technical reviewer myself for many Active Directory and Windows Server books, very often are the technical reviewers forgotten in a book review. To Rick Kingslan, Gil Kirkpatrick, Tony Murray, Todd Myrick, Joe Richards and Kevin Sullivan: well done guys! Your efforts along with Robbie's have made this book a true gem.

    Audience - I am among the fortunate few that have the job title, "System Developer and System Administrator" (both a blessing and a curse!). I can however confirm that this book is well suited for both audiences. There is no constraint on which scripting language to use either. Robbie provides both VBScript and Perl examples for most of his code samples, they are easy to follow and with the additional knowledge this book provides, easy to expand on.

    What this book is not - This book is not an Active Directory Programming book. It does not go into the depth of detail about certain points (as it is not the objective of the book) like Active Directory Second Addition by O'Reilly does, but covers the points that are important very well.

    Quick Overview of Inside the book - The book is comprised of 18 chapters. (The chapter headers below are my personal abbreviations for the chapters)

    Chapter 1 - The stage is set.
    This chapter covers the basics about what scripting languages and tools that will be used and any issues to take into consideration.

    Chapter 2 - Core Architecture is important!
    The importance of how to create and maintain your Forests, Domains and trusts is explained in this chapter.

    Chapter 3 - Who Runs my Network Operating System (NOS)?
    The servers that are regarded as the back bone of the network your Domain Controllers, Global Catalogs and FSMO's all important tasks that one has to do on a daily basis is covered in chapter 3.

    Chapter 4 - Ohh objects where are you?
    To me an important advantage (and there are many more) that Windows ® 2003 and Windows ® 2000 have over the older NOS is that the searching capability is enhanced and no object can hide. Chapter 4 covers Searching and Manipulating objects.

    Chapter 5 - The Holding cells of objects
    This chapter covers the creating and maintenance of Organizational units.

    Chapter 6 - And of course who could forget the users.
    Want to find out just about everything you can script for the user object? Then this chapter is for you.

    Chapter 7 - How do I herd my users?
    People live in communities (like Tony Murray's or and active directory caters for these groupings by allowing users to create (no prizes) Groups. Chapter 7 covers creating and maintaining groups.

    Chapter 8 - Computers
    Chapter 8 is for you if you need to create and maintain your computer objects.

    Chapter 9 - Rules, Rules, Rules!
    And of course if you have ever managed a group of objects you have to apply some rules. Create and maintain your Groups Policy Objects with this chapter.

    Chapter 10 - The big boss
    With every wonderful creation there has to be a boss or in this case a backbone. This chapter is very important, covering important points to remember about your Active Directory Schema.

    Chapter 11 - How do I build my site?
    Network topology can be tricky. Use the scripts in this chapter to help you find out more about your sites.

    Chapter 12 - Hey why don't I have that object on my directory partition?
    Replication is such an important part of Active Directory. One of the most neglected areas with Active Directory. Chapter 12 provides some invaluable scripts.

    Chapter 13 - Nice to meet you but who are you?
    Domain Naming System (DNS), imagine we had to live in a world where there where no names. Ever wondered how to modify DNS server configurations using a script? Chapter 13 has your answer.

    Chapter 14 - Are you really who you say you are?
    This chapter can not be missed, with the internet pretending to be what it is not, this chapter covering Security and Authentication is a must.

    Chapter 15 - "You network is as good as your auditing"
    A famous person once said, "You won't know what's wrong until you ask". Dive into the world of logging, monitoring, auditing and setting quotas with this chapter.

    Chapter 16 - Bang, now what?
    How many times have I been called in to "fix" a very sick Active Directory installation and I find out backups have not been working for months! Please take time and read this chapter, the scripts and advice on Backing up, Recovering , important DIT maintenance and watching those deleted objects can save people like me hours of work.

    Chapter 17 - I know about Domain Partitions but what are Application Partitions?
    If you do not know what an application partition is or does, chapter 17 is for you!

    Chapter 18 - But I use the .net Framework
    This chapter is dedicated in explaining how to use the different technologies and programming languages with Active Directory.

    My Verdict

    A wonderful book for overworked Administrators that really don't have the time to go through the learning curve of scripting, the book provides the code snippets there ready to use. And if you don't feel like typing them out here is the download link for the entire source code for the whole book.

    Robbie, well done, this is a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Joseph
    Thanks Robbie

    I love the books (AD First-Second Edition / AD Cookbook); you have done a great job in detailing the Scrip procedures in the AD Cookbook.
    Love the index and tool list. A must get for any Sys Admin / Architect.
    As a "Batch er & KIX32 er" I had a hard time getting my head
    around VBs or PL your book helped me a great deal.
    Appreciate the fact that you are proposing script examples in Perl, VBS, Ldifde or CMD to get the job done. The only suggestion I have more as a question: List a example of a skeleton template vbs script parsing through a excel or csv file for specific User tasks / import via ADSI adding great flexibility in adding Cookbook Recipes to the template as needed. That would be perfect;-).
    Also i have owned the Active Directory First edition and enjoyed the technical details.
    Great job thank you Robbie


    5-0 out of 5 stars An AD Administrator's Must Have
    So often with "cut and paste" solution titles, the reader is given a book that assumes no experience on behalf of the user, and wastes a great deal of print on telling you how to open notepad or the command prompt and very little time answering many of the "but wait..." questions that arise from implementing their solution without knowing what you're doing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this isn't the case with this book.

    Don't pick this up unless you are familiar with the environment you are using; the author makes the assumption that you understand Windows and the Active Directory already. Formatted exactly as needed, this reference book (find what you need, rather than a cover to cover read) provides solutions which 95% of the time are native to the "out of the box" environment without need for additional downloads or installs. When you do need a download, its a Microsoft provided add-on and not a third party shareware. The solutions are usually provided as a GUI walk-thru, command line overview and a VBScript example, making this title much more useful than others as it does not alienate administrators of various levels.

    With over 320 solutions in 17 different areas, this is recommended Active Directory reference addition for applicable administrators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best.
    I have been working with Active Directory for a while and I have seen my share of books for Active Directory administration, but this one is the best I have come across in a great while, Allen takes step by step thru the different ways of getting the task done in AD 2000/2003 and it has saved me a lot of time.

    And to top it all I needed a script from the book I went to Robbie Allen's website and he personally sent me all the scripts from the book. That shows me a writer that stands 100% by his product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctored ordered!
    Before this book, I would spend hours googling for example code to interact with Active Directory using VBScript or Perl. Now, I just refer to this book. This book is amazing and worth every penny of the purchase price several times over. Just about anything you will ever want to do programmatically with AD is covered. This is the most used book in my library. ... Read more

    9. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
    by Eric A. Meyer
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    Simply put, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a way to separate a document's structure from its presentation. The benefits of this can be quite profound: CSS allows a much richer document appearance than HTML; CSS saves time--you can create or change the appearance of an entire document in just one place; and its compact file size makes web pages load quickly. Eric Meyer, a member of the CSS&FP Working Group and an internationally known expert on HTML and CSS, tackles the subject with passion and delivers a comprehensive and thorough update to his groundbreaking book.

    All readers will benefit from both the depth and breadth of his experience and his clear and honest style. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is a thorough review of all aspects of CSS2.1 and a comprehensive guide to CSS implementation. The book includes new content on positioning, lists and generated content, table layout, user interface, paged media, and more. It explores in detail each individual CSS property and how it interacts with other properties, and shows how to avoid common mistakes in interpretation.

    If you're ready to take the next step with your HTML coding and incorporate CSS or are already a CSS code warrior, you'll find Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is the book you've been craving. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A One Stop Information Shop
    As someone who has never using Cascading Style Sheets in the past, I never realized just how much work this language could save me. I am still amazed at the fact that I can control every aspect of an entire webpage regardless of size by editing various components of the style sheet file.

    Never before have my website been as error-free and consistent as they are now. Using CSS2, I was able to ensure that each element of my sites is consistent and correctly displayed on almost all web browsers. I no longer spend hours each month chasing down what I used to call "code flaws" that would cause a section of the page to be improperly displayed in various browsers.

    Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to learn to utilize this time-saving language to automate and centralize the task of website maintenance.

    Written with a very straight-forward, no-bull approach - I found this book to be a very easy read. The examples provided along the way connected the dots and the appendixes were extremely helpful as a syntax reference. The book is easy to understand even for someone who is not an expert and takes the user from knowing nothing to mastery in just a few short hours.

    In less than two hours, I had created a basic style sheet that effectively managed the formatting of my website and put me back in control. Over the next 20 to 30 hours, I had tweaked the style sheet to control every aspect of every page of the entire site and rolled the feature out across the entire site - which consists of more than 2500 separate HTML files or fragment files.

    I now estimate that I have 10 additional hours every week to focus on my business and not tweaking my website constantly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
    This book is an excellent resource for understanding Cascading Style Sheets. The writing style is amazingly readable, which is a stark contrast to the usual dull specifications found in online CSS references.

    The author shares his detailed understanding of all the quirks of CSS1, and does a good job looking ahead to CSS2. Even if the reader doesn't follow every particular of every item, it's nice to have a feel for the programmers intention. I feel as if I have an even better grasp of whole concept of "cascading."

    Even though it's a CSS version behind, this book is outstandingly usable for the HTML-familiar web designer who wants to streamline and update to cutting edge code. Personal web page owners would benefit greatly.

    The only significant drawback to this book is that the book is printed entirely in black and white, which means that all examples are shown in grayscale, not in color. And this lack of color tends to undermine the in-color code examples. You have to use your imagination (or your own computer) to try out the CSS code to see what it really does on your color monitor.

    With the exception of this limitation, I strongly recommend this book as a CSS learning tool and reference.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This is the old edition. It was a 5-star book 4 years ago.
    Eric Meyer is the master. This edition is way out of date. Instead, buy Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition. It explains everything about CSS2 in detail. For examples and workflow, buy Eric Meyer on CSS and More Eric Meyer on CSS. Just don't buy this outdated version of The Definitive Guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource
    The subtitle claims this volume is the definitive guide, I believe it. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the current cascading style sheets specification and how it is being of being implemented (or not). The focus is on the CSS2 and CSS2.1 specs. My first impression of the book was that it would be a valuable reference manual, but as I began to read it, I soon realized it would serve as a great instructional source also. The writing style is as if a good friend sat down to explain style sheets. I found the pacing of the material to appropriate and the detail of the explanations to be exhaustive.

    The chapter on selectors (chapter 2) was extremely valuable for me. It helped me to understand why some things did not work as I thought they should. Throughout the book, differences between the specification and the implementation in certain products are explained. Additionally, the differences between various levels of CSS are highlighted. The book has numerous examples for the CSS elements and variations.

    This is a great book on CSS, but I wish that electronic versions of the examples were available. This is the only shortcoming of the book that I see. This book is a great tutorial and a valuable reference. Regular practice of the techniques contained within this volume can assist the reader in voiding the abuse of the table and fonts tags.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great depth, poor editing
    No doubt about it, Eric Meyer knows CSS inside and out! This book should be a fantastic reference for people who really want to explore the power of CSS.

    Unfortunately the editing is so poor in many areas that you have to work through examples on your computer to see the effects being described. Screen shots are used to illustrate coding examples, but details which would help the reader interpret the picture are often left out. For example, when looking at an explanation of overlapping elements, you may be left to figure out whether a space between two lines of text is 20 pixels or 30 pixels wide when there is no reference of scale in the picture. You have to guess or try it out yourself.

    When a series of examples are used to illustrate a concept, there is a lack of consistency in the example code. Instead of only changing the one element or parameter being discussed, a similar, but different, example is used so you can't simply look at two successive illustrations to see the effect of the change. In a few cases, whole lines of example code are missing. Probably lost in the shuffle while moving Figures and blocks of text to get the page layout right.

    That said, there is a wealth of information here if you are willing to work a little to get it. I would still highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to seriously dive into CSS -- but if all you are looking for is an introduction or a basic reference, there are probably less frustrating sources out there. ... Read more

    10. Linux in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
    by Ellen Siever, Aaron Weber
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    Linux in a Nutshell, now in its fourth edition, has won awards in the Linux community as the most indispensable book about Linux.It is an essential desktop reference for the commands that users of Linux utilize every day, with the depth of information and the practical, succinct "In a Nutshell" format that made the previous editions so popular.Comprehensive but concise, Linux in a Nutshell covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions. It's several quick references rolled into one: sed, gawk, RCS, CVS, vi, Emacs, bash, tcsh, regular expressions, package management, bootloaders, and desktop environments are all covered in this clear, to-the-point volume, along with core command-line utilities.The fourth edition continues to track the major changes in bootloaders, the GNOME and KDE desktops, and general Unix commands. Several commands related to CDs and music reflect the evolution of multimedia on Linux. Coverage has been added for GRUB, which has become the default bootloader on several Linux distributions, and for vim, the popular and feature-loaded extension to vi. The addition of several new options to the iptables firewall command and new commands related to DNSSEC and ssh show the book's value as a security tool. With this book, you no longer have to grope through long manpages and info documents for the information you need; you'll find it here in clear language and an easy-to-read format.Contents include:

    • Programming, system administration, networking, and user commands with complete lists of options
    • GRUB, LILO, and Loadlin bootloaders
    • Shell syntax and variables for the bash, csh, and tcsh shells
    • Pattern matching
    • Emacs, vi, and vim editing commands
    • sed and gawk commands
    • The GNOME and KDE desktops and the fvwm2 window manager
    • Red Hat and Debian package managers
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing, but tedious to wade through.
    After spending a fair bit of time with FreeBSD and needing some information regarding Linux installations I thought this book would be a good way to speed things along. Wrong. It's not that this book is too expensive, or poorly put together, but it's little more than a cursory overview of the Linux operating system and a listing of the commands to get things done with a terminal. But even to find the commands to do simple things such as renaming files, is too time consuming to be bothered with. Simply doing a Google for the stuff you want to know is much quicker and more comprehensive.

    Whole chapters are committed to such stuff as Emacs and KDE. But, yet again, there are specific websites with HTML help manuals for this, and more.

    These Open Source books are pretty much a waste of paper, simply because, being Open Source, it's all available online, or in the manuals provided with the distros.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth dropping your earlier editions of this book
    I had the 3rd edition of this book, and the 2nd, and was really hesitant about getting this latest edition. After all, linux is pretty mature these days, isn't it?

    Then I read the other reviews, and decided to get it. Glad I did so! Linux is still rapidly expanding, and it really helps to get the latest authoritative scoop, thanks to OReilly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Manual
    How many times have you been trying to find a particular command but just can't remember what it was called. How many times have you been typing in a command and forgot the options available?

    Through this book, the author has taken many of the substaintial commands for users, admins, networking and programming and rolled them into a dictionary of sort for Linux users.

    Sure, you can find out a lot about any command through the online man pages, but the author has taken the somewhat cryptic man pages and broken them down into simple, to the point, references laid out much like you would expect to find in a dictionary.

    In addition, you'll find handy reference manuals for common utilities, such as emacs, vi, CVS, sed and awk. While each of these could fill a book in themselves, the author has broken them down to the bare basics to help you get up and running and understand basic operation of each.

    All in all, a wonderful reference manual that will compliment more in-depth manuals on actual use and administration of a Linux system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Linux Users
    I have to say that I agree with one of the reviewer here in that most of the book is very much like the manual, but I don't completely agree with his rating; after all the man pages are a great Linux reference, but if you are looking for a reference "Book" for Linux then this is it. Personally it has been really useful for me being a Computer Engineering Major, first exposed to Linux/Unix now in college [Cornell ECE/CS 314 :-) ]

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book on Linux
    This is a book that you should keep handy while working with Linux. Every time I had a doubt in commands, this book always had an answer.

    If you are looking for a tutorial on Linux, or detailed installation or other step by step tasks, this is not for you. ... Read more

    11. Learning Perl, Third Edition
    by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
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    Learning Perl first appeared in 1993 and has been a bestseller ever since. Written by two of the most prominent and active members of the Perl community, this book is the quintessential tutorial to the Perl programming language.The third edition has not only been updated for Perl Version 5.6, but has also been rewritten from the ground up to reflect the needs of programmers learning Perl today. After years of success teaching Perl as consultants, the authors have re-engineered the book to better match the pace and scope appropriate for readers trying to get started with Perl, while retaining the detailed discussion, thorough examples, and eclectic wit that the book is famous for. Other books may teach you to program in Perl, but this book will turn you into a Perl programmer. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not for experienced computer scientists or programmers
    I highly recommend learning Perl to anyone working in computer science, but I can't in good faith recommend Learning Perl to anyone who considers him or herself an experienced programmer. The book proceeds very slowly and is pretty short, meaning that in the end you'll know only the very basics of Perl. In fact, many of the footnotes refer the reader to Programming Perl or to the perl manpages to get the "real story" on some issue that Learning Perl glosses over.

    If you intend to learn Perl (and more than the very basics), you will probably end up reading through Programming Perl or many of the Perl manpages. I would consider Learning Perl only as an optional primer for those not already fluent in one or more languages like C. Otherwise you will spend some time reviewing the semantics of while loops, what a file handle is, etc. You will have learned the basics of pattern matching and Perl's syntax and idioms, but you may as well cut to the chase and learn from Programming Perl.

    On the other hand, I am coming from a theoretical computer science background (the CS program at Carnegie Mellon University); Learning Perl may very well be appropriate for have never used anything more sophisticated than a scripting language. However, even beginning programmers should be aware that Learning Perl assumes familiarity with a Unix environment. (But see also: Learning Perl on Win32 Systems).

    If you have doubts, at least take a look at the perl manpages. They come free with every distribution of perl.

    4-0 out of 5 stars THE perl tutorial
    I've been through this book several times. I went through the 2nd edition on my own a couple of years ago when I learned perl. I have since (after a year of hiatus from perl) been through the 3rd edition in a classroom setting. The 3rd edition is much improved in terms of structure and pace. For example, explanation of regular expressions (one of the most powerful features of perl) is expanded into three chapters. On the down side, I would have liked to see a chapter or two covering references and OOP.
    The authors are clearly expert coders and have an intimate knowledge of perl. The prose is clear and deliberate, over-simplifying when helpful, but being sure to point you to the details in footnotes. The book is also laced with wry humor that both makes the dryness of such a topic more palatable and serves as an introduction to the quirkiness of "perl culture" in general.
    If you are a beginner in Perl, and have some programming experience in another language, this is the one to get. Not a great reference, but a great tutorial.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction
    This book is aimed at Perl novices and sys admins who need to get up to speed quickly. As with most O'Reilly books I found the authors know thier stuff and the book was well edited.

    The book contains enough info to allow you to script most sys admin tasks, and has the benefit of being short and therefore easy to carry, but once you get a taste of Perl's power you will no doubt want to get the "camel" (programming perl), which is more comprehensive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars questions about perl
    i read nine chapters of this book
    1.i still don't know what perl can really do.
    2.can perl work only under DOS?not windows?
    3.what books should i read next to became a perl programmer
    4. (can perl make PC games?)
    5. how can i turn my perl program into a regular .exe program so it could run on computers that doesn't have perl!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginner's.
    This book is excellent for those just learning programming without previous experience and even for those who already know another language. It explains the little details very well and leaves you understanding all that you have read. Perl is a great programming language and this book is perfect for learning the basics. ... Read more

    12. Knoppix Hacks
    by Kyle Rankin
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    Knoppix is a portable Linux distribution with a collection of hundreds of programs and utilities--a veritable Swiss Army knife in CD form. This practical and flexible Linux distribution runs on the flyfrom a single CD with no need to install anything to your hard drive. Knoppix's excellent hardware detection, collection of programs, and ease of use help explain why Knoppix is radically changing the face of Linux. Though Knoppix is the most popular live CD Linux distribution available, until now there have been no books on the topic.A weighty theoretical tome or a book for dummies won't do--the perfect Knoppix book, like Knoppix itself, must be as useful and clever as a Swiss Army knife. Clearly, Knoppix calls for an O'Reilly Hacks book. Knoppix Hacks is a collection of one hundred industrial-strength hacks for new Linux users, power users, and system administers using--or considering using--the Knoppix Live CD. These tips and tools show how to use the enormous amount of software on this CD to troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, disinfect, and generally be productive without Windows. With Knoppix you can:

    • Test drive a Linux desktop without the need to install Linux
    • Troubleshoot and repair Linux and Windows systems
    • Create a thin client network with just one CD
    • Replace a web server or firewall in an emergency
    • Perform a security audit on your entire network
    • Virus scan a Windows computer from the safety of Linux
    • Customize Knoppix for personal or business use
    • Easily install the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution with all of your hardware detected and configured
    Knoppix Hacks provides ingenious fixes, clever customizations, and time and resource-saving tips. If you want more than the average Knoppix user, this invaluable book is a must-have. ... Read more

    13. Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
    by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
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    Asin: 0596002890
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Regular expressions are an extremely powerful tool for manipulating text and data. They are now standard features in a wide range of languages and popular tools, including Perl, Java, VB.NET and C# (and any language using the .NET Framework), PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl, MySQL, awk, and Emacs.If you don't use regular expressions yet, you will discover in this book a whole new world of mastery over your data. If you already use them, you'll appreciate this book's unprecedented detail and breadth of coverage. If you think you know all you need to know about regular expressions, this book is a stunning eye-opener.A command of regular expressions is an invaluable skill. Yet what is power in the hands of an expert can be fraught with peril for the unwary. Mastering Regular Expressions will help you navigate the minefield to becoming an expert. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book !!
    This is a great book about regular expressions. Excellent for beginners, programmers and as a reference. The book contains lot of examples... and covers issues like searching in HTML documents, matching balanced set of parantheses, continuing with continuation lines, parsing csv files, doing search and replace, searching backwards, matching IP-addresses, file name checking, handling escape character etc.

    It covers regular expression API's in a many programming language API's. There are separate chapters on packages for regular expressions in Perl, Java and .NET framework. There are some useful comparisons among various packages available in each language, which might help getting started on right track.

    The book is very well written and is easy to read. Probably it contains the most extensive documentation of regular expressions. It also describes some regex usage in applications like grep, emacs, awk, egrep, sed..

    5-0 out of 5 stars I need more stars... Bravo Jeffrey
    Jeffrey Friedl's "Matering Regular Expressions" does a facinating job in taking you through the jungle (and I mean jungle) of RegExp.

    I am a Perl/CGI programmer, and I had considered myself good at RegExp even before I read this book. Most of the things I knew were from Programming Perl, 3rd edition (chapter 5, Pattern Matching). But I still decided to give Jeffrey a chance since I was having some trouble with my Parse::Syntax module, which is designed to parsing *any* programming language and highlighting the syntax accordingly (provided it has a syntax/grammer file written for the specific language). The accuracy of the parser (and more importantly the speed) does depend on well crafted regular expressions.

    As I started reading the book, I couldn't stop. I took it to my school's cafeteria with me and no one could make me leave untill I finished the whole book. I was excited. I was pleased! Here is the outline of tha chapters:

    Chapter 1 and 2 introduce you to regular expressions and give some basic regex examples. Mail utility and date matching is two of them.

    Chapter 3 mostly talks about conventions that all the regex tools follow and their differences.

    Chapter 4 deals with Traditional NFA, POSIX NFA and DFA regex engines and their pros and cons. What you'll like the most is the details provided by the author on each and every single example. He also uses a lot of step-by-step illustrations to take you deeper into the regex engine itself and see/feel how it works. He shows the point of backtrackings and provides awesome benchmarks. He uses such examples of matching a quote, allowing escaped quotes inside the pattern, matching C-style comments, IP addresses and many more.

    Chapter 5 deals with writing efficient regular expressions for NFA engines. It also re-vists some of the examples provided in the previous chapter and fine-tunes them.

    Chapter 6 and 7 deals with Tool-Language specific features of Regex engines. Chapter 6 is dedicated to Awk, Tcl and GNU Emacs, whereas chapter 7 is entirely dedicated to Perl, good over 100 pages of Perlism.

    It's true that there're features that Perl 5.6 offers when it comes to regex that didn't exist at the time this book went to press, (lookbehinds, for example). But this no way makes this book dated. Just take my word for it. Jeffrey put together a great masterpiece that will not die for many years, no matter how fast the technology tends to enhance
    Haven't read anything more exciting than this for many years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of RegEx
    One of the hardest things, even for a seasoned programmer to grasp is regular expressions. They are powerful ways to search, manipulate and parse text fields and can often take several lines of code and shrink it down to a mystic, but powerful, expression.

    If you have ever had to parse a file for information, you know that one of the things that still haunts any programmer nowadays is how to match text. In this day and age of Object Oriented Programming, Web Services, etc. the power of Regex holds firm.

    Throughout this book the author takes great care not to overwhelm the reader with tons of code that has no meaning. The power of the book comes from the fact that if you read, and follow along, through the examples you will gain an understanding of how to do the techniques the author is referring to. At times it may seem like you have to read over a section twice, but you will realize that as you carry forth into the next section the material you read previously has turned into something you can now apply -- not just another example you can cut and paste and never really learn technique behind.

    This is a powerful book, covering many, many pages. Noone should expect to sit down and read it cover to cover and be done with it. The benefit comes from reading, applying, and referencing. I find myself using it several times a week to lookup information on Regular Expressions and to held solidify knowledge of techniques that I have used in the past.

    Whether you are a Windows, Unix, or even Macintosh person -- RegEx holds the key to text manipulation -- and this book holds the map you need to find that key.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book and get over your fear
    Regular expressions always terrified me. I really got tired of looking for related examples on the 'net and hacking sample code so I decided I had to take the plunge.

    I can say that the first chapter of this book is one of the most important chapters of any book I ever read. It leaves you breathless. Actually you'll probably want to read it again as the first time round you were so glued to the pages you didn't have time to try out the examples yourself.

    In a book such as this layout and typographical conventions are of utmost importance and this book gets this spot on. An author who can cover this subject without simply using masses of examples and dry outlines of selected syntax arrangements deserves an acolade. This book goes further. It stimulates the juices and is a struggle to put down (to the detriment of your hands-on practice as mentioned above).

    I was quite wary of exploring the territory of regular expressions and used to be very ambivalent towards Perl but this book helped to ease me in to a whole new world of script programming.

    This book is not just for Perl geeks. PCREs (Perl Compatible Regular Expressions) are creeping into other programming and scripting languages now and this book will serve you no matter where you're coming from.

    Get this book and get over your fear!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent O'Reilly book
    This is a great guide to regular expressions in Perl. It's so nice to see a 'proper' book once in a while, instead of superficial dumbed-down crap. ... Read more

    14. Learning Python, Second Edition
    by Mark Lutz, David Ascher
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    Asin: 0596002815
    Catlog: Book (2003-12)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Succinct Yet Thorough Intro To Python For Programmers
    Mark Lutz and David Ascher deliver precisely the needed information to meet the objective stated on the cover of the O'Reilly text, "Learning Python" (Help for Programmers).

    A succinct, yet thorough treatment of the Python programming language is presented in some 350-plus written pages that are well organized and facilitate the development of Python programs in a "Read and Code as You Go" fashion.

    After spot reading the Chapters on "Getting Started", "Types And

    Operators", "Basic Statements", "Functions", "Modules" and "Common Tasks In Python", I was coding and running my first text file I/O Python programs within the first half of a day. The authors concise presentation of the concepts definitely facilitated the "learning curve", which so often is an obstacle when learning a new programming language. The material was also indexed very well with clear index descriptions to easily determine what the topic was and where to find it.

    What I found to be the strongest point of the book were the "Gotchas" sections, in which the authors discussed topics such as Python Language Constructs, Program Class Usage and Coding Practices to be aware of. I found the "Common Coding Gotchas" section at the end of Chapter 3 of great benefit in coding and debugging my first self-authored Python programs (As I learned, Python is definitely a language where you want to indent consistently, avoid the mixing of blank spaces with tabs and not forget the use of colons to denote decision logic). The application of these concepts alone were a great asset in reducing the "Learning Curve" for me.

    The program examples provided reinforced the clear, concise concepts presented by the authors. The programs that I studied were suited to running in both a Linux environment (using Linux Python Version 1.5.2 for SuSE(tm) Linux 7.0 and Red Hat(tm) Linux 6.1) and MS Windows(tm) NT/98 (using Active State's Active Python(tm) Version 2.1).

    Exercises presented at the end of the chapter were effective at reinforcing the programming concepts presented. With some supplemental tutorial material for non-programmers, this book could be used as an educational text for a Python programming class, particularly one geared for programmers with scripting language experience.

    The authors did a good job of covering a number of topics important to application programmers. Object-oriented Constructs, Manipulation of String Objects, Operating System Module Use, GUI Programming Component Frameworks and Applications such as Tkinter and JPython are discussed to provide the reader a good exposure to the extent of the Python language implementation and its strenght as a robust, object-oriented scripting language.

    The book is definitely an invaluable resource for providing the essential material necessary to construct your first Python programs, especially if you've had prior programming experience with other scripting languages, such as REXX, Javascript or Perl.

    Definitely one of the best O'Reilly publications I've read to date. Kudos to Mr. Lutz and Mr. Ascher for their contribution to making the experience of "Learning Python" a fun and productive pursuit. Five Stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Python textbook
    After a brief encounter with the on-line documentation from Python community, I decided to learn this powerful language with the help of Python library from O'Reilly. I started with a "Python in a Nutshell" which is a good reference guide for experienced (Python) programmers, however it's too heavy for the Python newbie like me. Since, I'm not a professional, full-time programmer, I knew that I needed something more comprehensible, so I waited for the second edition of the "Learning Python" to be published. At the end, the wait paid off.
    This book is excellent study guide for any kind of programmers, from absolute beginners to veterans in other languages. The book clearly shows that the both authors are experienced teachers. Topics are presented in a clear fashion with plenty of code samples and useful exercises at the end of each part. This book should be read as a textbook in front of the terminal, trying out all examples as they're explained.
    Now, I'm comfortably looking forward to read some more specific and advanced Python books. Highly recommended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Learning Python - Teachers and Beginners Beware
    I can readily subscribe to almost all of the nice things already said about Python. I've been programming Perl for 10 plus years and also C, C++, Java and lots more. In short, I'm a very experienced programmer. I've also had a lot of teaching experience at the college Computer Science level and within companies that I've worked at. My idea of a great Learning XXX book is the Learning Perl book by R. Schwartz and T. Phoenix (O'Reilly). Learning Python is definitely not in the same league as a teaching and self-instruction book. I need a Python book for an upcoming course that I will be teaching. The course will cover both Perl and Python. I have used and will use Learning Perl. My Python book needs to be, oh say about the same size as Learning Perl and will take the user to about the same level of proficiency. This book is not it. The book is way too heavy in bulk and presentation. Just compare for yourself, the Table of Contents for the two books, available on the page. Way too much for a Learning Python course. Teachers and Students - "Caveat Emptor" (=Let the buyer beware)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Major disappointment
    Having programmed before (in dBase, COBOL, etc.) I expected to be able to follow a book that's intended for less-experienced programmers. Boy, was I mistaken.

    This would probably be a fine book for someone who is migrating from C++, but I found many of their explanations needlessly cryptic. They use, in all of the examples, phrases from Monty Python - understandable, but totally useless for someone who wishes to relate functions to real-life application.

    In short - if you've already mastered C, this book may help. If you have minimal or no programming experience, this book will show you how to perform functions, but will not explain what you'd want to use these functions for in application programming.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very clear text and organized structure
    I am a Windows .Net programmer who wanted to try some Linux programming (but console and GUI), and after a few frustated tries with C++, I finally found Python. Python is a _beautiful_ language, probably the most elegant I've ever seen since my days at university.

    This book is very well-written, although the pace might be a bit slow (if you prefer a "faster" but more superficial book, try the Python Quick Visual Startguide). The author is extremely clear and the text very well-organized.

    This book covers both the basics and the advanced stuff, so it might be all you need for a good while. Once you get familiar with the language basics, you might be able to learn the rest (such as GUI and web programming) through online tutorials. ... Read more

    15. ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
    by Colin Moock
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    Asin: 059600396X
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-19)
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    Updated to cover Flash MX, the newest version of Macromedia Flash, ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition is the one book no serious Flash developer should be without.Author Colin Moock, one of the most universally respected developers in the Flash community, has added hundreds of new code examples to show new Flash MX techniques in the real world:how to draw circles, save data to disk, convert arrays to onscreen tables, create reusable components, and preload variables, XML, and sounds.The book's language reference alone has nearly doubled from the first edition, with more than 250 new classes, objects, methods, and properties.You'll find exhaustive coverage of dozens of undocumented, under-documented, and mis-documented features.Along with the new material, Colin Moock has meticulously revised the entire text to conform to Flash MX best-coding practices. From sending data between two movies to creating getter/setter properties, the new edition of this book demystifies the often-confusing new features of Flash MX, giving developers easy access to its powerful new capabilities. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I've been using Flash now for about three years and have got more and more into the programming/development aspect. I'm an active part of the Flash communities and had heard a lot about Colin through the forums, which prompted me to buy his book. I consider it a must for anyone who is serious about developing applications within the Flash environment from the very beginner to expert. His style of writing makes it easy to quickly get to grips with even the most complicated areas of actionscript 1. I always keep the book within arms length of my computer as the thorough language reference section regularly provides me with not just ways of doing things, but explains best practices and why.
    I have bought quite a few instructional books particularly relating to Flash and this is the best by a mile, it makes the price tag seem very good value indeed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book... worth its weight in gold
    As a flash developer, I can't praise this book enough. Though I've used the Macromedia Actionscript Reference that came with Flash 5 since its release, when Flash MX didn't ship with a similar paper manual, I struggled with the Macromedia electronic actionscript reference for a while, and ended up purchasing this book. I was pleasently surprised at how much better Moock's reference is. All the notes, examples, and bugs for each entry that simply can't be found in Macromedia's version make this book indispensable. I estimate from the 'bugs' sections in the reference alone, I've saved myself a hundred hours of wasted time and frustration. Beyond the reference area, this book contains 17 chapters of content that even the most advanced actionscripters could learn a thing or two from. Seriously, this book is worth its selling price many times over.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Hardly 'definitive'
    This book claims to be "The Definitive Guide," but it contains not a single word about ActionScript to support Flash Remoting. For example, where's the discussion of NetServices.createGatewayConnection()? For help in writing ActionScript to interact with a database, you will have to consult another reference source.

    The author has an annoying writing style in which he repeatedly refers to "we," as in: "When we export...a .swf file from a .fla file, we can incorporate...." Sometimes, though, he switches to "you," as in: "To append or insert script text instead of replacing it, you must manually copy and paste...." What we/you need here is a good edit.

    Aside from the two criticisms addressed above, I'd rate this book as average in quality in completeness, clarity, and accuracy. Code samples work. The index is a bit thin. Some of the more complicated topics (e.g., "Move Clip Subclasses and Components") could have been enhanced through the use of additional examples.

    As an O'Reilly book, this book is below average in quality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great bookfor even younger Flash developers
    I would just like to say, this book is great. I am almost brand new to Flash, and I'm fourteen. This book covers all aspects of Web design, including some implementation of basic HTML into Flash, communication with Server-side scripts, such as PHP or CGI, and the reference is awesome. It gives detailed examples of every function, and really helps if you want to get to know how to do something, fast. I have been recommending this book to a friend of mine, who is a more experienced programmer than me, and who recently bought Flash MX 2k4 Pro. I recommend it to you, to, if you are interested in programming Flash MX.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must have" book
    I'm a beginner at Flash and ActionScript but this book has been really helpfull. It helps a lot if you have previous programming back up. ... Read more

    16. Essential ActionScript 2.0
    by Colin Moock
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    Asin: 0596006527
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-16)
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    In September 2003, Macromedia released Flash MX 2004, and with it, ActionScript 2.0, a dramatically improved version of Flash's programming language.ActionScript 2.0 introduces a formal object-oriented programming syntax and methodology for creating Flash applications.From a developer's perspective, the new OOP-based techniques in ActionScript 2.0 make applications more natural to plan and conceptualize, more stable, more reusable across projects, easier to maintain, change, and expand upon, and much more. In short, they enhance the entire development process.In Essential ActionScript 2.0, bestselling author Colin Moock--one of the most universally respected developers in the Flash community--covers everything you'll need to know about the new ActionScript language and its methodologies for producing movies, animation, and applications on the web. Moock guides readers through this important new territory with his trademark easy-to-understand style and expertise. Moock's goal throughout the book is not just to get you to use object-oriented programming in your daily Flash work: he wants you to reap the benefits of OOP; he wants you to understand ActionScript 2.0 completely.And without question, Moock is the author who can make this happen.Essential ActionScript 2.0 begins with a tour of the language, including the fundamentals of object-oriented concepts, syntax, and usage. Those who are new to OOP will learn the basics and how to apply their understanding. Those who are familiar with OOP will leverage their prior experience to learn about Flash-based OOP. The next part of the book shows how to structure entire applications with ActionScript 2.0, teaching you best practices and techniques to build scalable, extensible, stable apps. Next, you'll explore a variety of approaches to various programming situations by applying object-oriented programming strategies, known as design patterns, to Flash. Experienced Flash developers and programmers coming from other languages will enjoy the sheer depth of Moocks's coverage and expertise in Essential ActionScript 2.0. Novice programmers will appreciate the frequent, low-jargon explanations that are often glossed over by advanced programming books.As usual, Moock guarantees quality and accuracy by working closely with Macromedia Flash engineers, including Rebecca Sun, lead developer of ActionScript 2.0.Whether you're ready to make the move to ActionScript 2.0 now or simply assessing it for the future, you'll find everything you need to know within this book. Essential ActionScript 2.0 is the one book every ActionScript coder must own. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Oooooooh, so THAT's how to do _____ in AS 2.0
    What a relief! I thought my project was a death march. Between:

    -- the enormous changes from AS 1.0,
    -- the bugs (perhaps not all that many, but occuring in critical spots), and
    -- the overly terse (to say the least) documentation from MM,

    I was ready to give up and become a greeter at Wal-mart.

    That's not to say that THIS book is verbose, because it's not. It is extremely terse, but not OVERLY terse: I read it with a highlighter in one hand, just to mark the sentences that would have been paragraphs if word-count were directly proportional to importance. Colin Moock says it once, and you'd better get it on the first pass. That's not a complaint, just an observation; a heads-up for those who skim. Pay attention!

    However, if you do pay attention, the essentials are all there, as advertised. They are in a logical order, they are well presented, and (hallmark of an experienced teacher) the consequences of mistakes are included. Just as good street directions include an "if you see _____, you need to turn around" clause, this book tells what will happen if you ignore an "essential" (or, for that matter, if you just choose a different way to skin a given cat.)

    In the same way, Moock is aware that this is an imperfect world; that object-orientation is a tool that makes sense in some situations, but not in all; and that sometimes good-enough is perfect. Not an OOP absolutist approach, at any rate.

    MM's implementation of ECMA script may be lacking in some of the finer points, and in some of the grosser points as well, but AS 2.0 is coming in, and AS 1.0 is going out -- at least for OOP. If you have any intention of adopting OOP practices in your Flash programming, you need this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great book but..
    Yes, great book and no its not just a rewrite of his previous book. These are great points. There is alot missing from this book. There is nothing aboout mediaDisplay,controller and Slide classes, I could just go on. I have all of Collin's books and yes I have become a better programmer...I can build coin converters(yeah cause thats a real world example). Where is the beef Collin do you not know how to program a flash web site like Maybe Collin Should take a look a and see what what people are doing with flash. How do you build a OOP flash website? I mean every book gives you great way to layout code but using what you learn from these books becomes hard. I just wish some book taught how to really build a website in flash. I dont mean a timeline based...I mean true OOP flash website from preloader to the programmed effects when going section to section. I know what these other rewiews are seeing that i'm not. I guess just drawn in because it is Collin Moock's book. Now i like to ask them to build a web site in just in OOP. I bet they couldn't. A coin converter yes, a web site no.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank the Programming Gods for Colin Moock
    This is the third Moock book I've read, and once again, cannot recommend it strongly enough.

    As usual, he writes with a clean, readable style. Complex topics are made accesible via authoritative knowledge and clear examples.

    The differences between ActionScript 1.0 (Flash MX Actionscript) and ActionScript 2.0 are explained. It's nice to know, and a little elss intimidating than I expected, that relatively little has changed with the language. His earlier work, the seminal "ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide" is as indispensable as ever.

    Moock explains that less has changed with the actual language than has changed with "how" one writes an ActionScript application.

    He then explains Object Orient Programming as it relates to ActionScript 2.0 and provides a primer of best practices the budding (or established) programmer should follow.

    The book concludes with sample applications highlight various design patterns.

    After reading this masterpiece, you'll be less intimidated and more prepared to upgrade your coding efforts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You know ActionScript has come of age when...
    You know ActionScript has come of age when a book like this comes out. Colin Moock had already written arguably the bible on ActionScript 1.0, and though I was worried at the decision that this book was to be a supplement to ActionScript for Flash MX, rather than a sequel, I now couldn't agree more with the logic. The resultant book would have been too big for its binding!!!

    Technically perfect, this book reminds me of why I fell in love with O'Reilly books in the first place. It reminds me of my first read of Larry Wall's Programming Perl book: concise, authoritative, and not without a bit of humor! And let me tell you, nowhere is humor more difficult than in a computer book, am I right?

    Mr. Moock leads us down a path that teaches how to actually write an application in Flash. And you didn't think it was possible! Believe me, I had my doubts too, but the fact that the book applies several design patterns to Flash programming by the end speaks for itself. When you're ready to write mature, object-oriented applications in ActionScript 2.0, you're ready to pick this one up. ... Read more

    17. Office 2004 for Mac: The Missing Manual
    by Nan Barber, Tonya Engst, David Reynolds
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    Asin: 0596008821
    Catlog: Book (2004-12)
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    Sales Rank: 650562
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    In every PC user's life, there's a point when desperate measures must be taken. Some push their PC off a pier or chuck it into a landfill. Others turn their former computing ally into a planter box. But don't give up on your PC yet--help is at hand.This easy to read, accessible book from PC World expert Steve Bass covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won't browse. These tips and tricks are served up in bite-sized portions for quick reading and even quicker fixing. Among the topics covered:

    • Windows--King of Annoyances! You'll learn how to kick Windows in the rear, get past glitches, take charge of the interface, live with the dreaded activation, and more.
    • Conquer your email, from Outlook to Eudora! Beat back spam, get inside info, avoid mailing lists, send big files, manage folders, and more, for a half dozen email programs.
    • Master Microsoft Office. From little-known right-click wonders to backing up the unbackable to automating data entry, you'll find workarounds for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Wrassle with hardware--and win! Learn to wake up your DSL, tame your notebook, shut up your PC's fan, save your data, and save paper.
    • Internet knots untied! Shake up IE, stop Flash, outsmart defaults, control Favorites, add the Google toolbar to Netscape, and more.
    Plus, you get access to more than one hundred utilities that will help you squash bugs, enhance your email, untangle a system snarl, and much more.If your PC has ever annoyed you (do we see several billion raised hands?), PC Annoyances is for you. With the flip of a page or two, you can fix that faux pas and have your PC purring again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Show your PC who the BOSS really is
    The style of writing used by the author is light humor, which is a helpful, since if you are looking for a solution to a pc annoyance, you are more than likely seconds away from snapping, or running for governor of California.

    PC Annoyances, does not focus on Windows alone, Windows and other Microsoft programs are in there, but this book offers fixes for everything from email, Virus, Netscape, downloading numbers to your cell phone, to how to get rid of telemarketers? The latter is "very clever" and works!

    What I liked best about PC Annoyances are the links to fixes such as; this site has a lot of really neat solutions to PC Annoyances, and there are many more listed in the book. I downloaded several utilities myself. One I discovered by reading the book was AM-DeadLink, this "freebie" went through my 2590 web addresses, yes you read correctly, in MS Internet Explorer, and found all the outdated, non working and duplicate ones, quickly and easily.

    Got to love the Annoyance family/series of books, and in my opinion PC Annoyances at the current LOW price is not only the best of the litter, but an absolute must buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pc Annoyances revisited
    This book is a must for any PC user who runs within the WinTel PC environment. It has a treasure trove of useful information about working around Windows and Windows software problems/annoyances. Steve does not bore you with techno-babble but provides a clear, plain English explanation of the problem and the solution. You'll also appreciate the links Steve provides in the book for additional information as well as the utilities that can make computing life a lot easier.

    I highly recommend the book for anyone who owns a PC. Just about every program or piece of hardware in your PC has its own quirks. Steve Bass clears up some of those mysteries as well as sheds some light on some of the funny things that have happened to him with PCs over the years. I am sure that you have experienced some of them also.

    Steve's writing style makes reading the book very easy. He writes in very basic terms so that EVERYONE can read it and understand what he is saying. It is refreshing to read something that not have to read it again or do research to find out what he is trying to tell us. Steve does an excellent job in that.

    Included in the book is a GREAT web site for getting additional tips on solving those annoying PC problems. Stop by for some good tips on fixing these annoyances, a great set of utilities for solving those annoying problems as well as reading some of his whimsical responses to annoyances.

    Steve Bass, as well as myself, have many of the same pet peeves when it comes to software installations and what the "big guys" do to "make our lives easier". We BOTH HATE the cute little icons that the software plasters in the lower right corner of your desktop TaskBar. Those icons look so cute on the TaskBar but they rob your system of precious resources. Why in the world do you ever need them sitting there? Could it be that you really need the extra 2 seconds you save for the application to load? Could it be that you like cute little icons sitting on the TaskBar? Could it be that they do not have a clue on what they are doing to people or don't care? I think a lot of people including Steve Bass and myself vote for the later. J

    Got an annoyance you want to introduce to the world or just vent about? Drop Steve a line at and let him know what annoys you about your PC. He might even include it in this list of PC Annoyances.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Concise, excellent, usable tips
    I've read many computer books, and I have to say this is one of the most informative. More important, Steve provides hundreds of tips to overcome the small (and large) problems of Windows. It's nice to konw that even a well-known computer columnist experiences the same frustrations we ordinary users do. Happily, he willing to share the solutions he's found.

    In my first reading, I discovered the answers to at least 7 windows annoyances I've encountered.

    And instead of including a cost-raising CD, the publisher has made 100 utility programs available online, a better solution that including them on a quickly outdated disk.

    A useful, and often amusing book.

    You need it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A readable computer book!
    This is the first computer book I actually said down and read, cover to cover. It holds your interest, and each tip gets you excited for the one to follow. I call it my AHA book. All the time you read it, you go "Aha! That's the problem!" or "Aha! That's how to get rid of that!". Can't recommend it highly enough.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helps me, helps my friends... which in turn helps me too!
    I bought three copies of your book at Amazon and gave them as party gifts during private receptions. They were greatly appreciated. It was in fact a very selfish gift: I have hopes that your book will help these people and stop them from calling me each time their system has a hiccup. My friends overseas unfortunately are not fluent enough in English, their version of Windows is either French or German, otherwise I would already have shipped a couple of cases of your excellent book to get some peace in my Inbox. ... Read more

    18. The Art of Project Management
    by Scott Berkun
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    Asin: 0596007868
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-25)
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    Sales Rank: 407
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "'The Art of Project Management' covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General Manager, E-home Division, Microsoft Corporation

    "Berkun has written a fast paced, jargon-free and witty guide to what he wisely refers to as the 'art' of project management.It's a great introduction to the discipline.Seasoned and new managers will benefit from Berkun's perspectives."--Joe Mirza, Director, CNET Networks (

    "Most books with the words 'project management' in the title are dry tomes. If that's what you are expecting to hear from Berkun's book, you will be pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's about project management.But it's also about creativity, situational problem-solving, and leadership.If you're a team member, project manager, or even a non-technical stakeholder, Scott offers dozens of practical tools and techniques you can use, and questions you can ask, to ensure your projects succeed."--Bill Bliss, Senior VP of product and customer experience,

    In The Art of Project Management, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web development how to plan, manage and lead projects. This personal account of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice. Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your team need to have within arms reach. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

    Topics include:

    • How to make things happen
    • Making good decisions
    • Specifications and requirements
    • Ideas and what to do with them
    • How not to annoy people
    • Leadership and trust
    • The truth about making dates
    • What to do when things go wrong
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Project Management Book
    Throughout my education, each and every project management book has been dull and dry. This one doesn't even approach that! Scott Berkun shows the reader a clear and strong voice of experience and understanding.PM's and Programmers alike will enjoy reading this text and will learn something from it at the same time.If I was stranded on an island with only one book on Project Management, this would be it. :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars So helpful already, and I'm only on page 109
    My team is currently in the planning stages for its next release. Planning a release is always a difficult process, with people throwing around terms like "vision" and "goals" and "customer", yet still not saying anything meaningful or useful.

    Mr Berkun's book is changing that for my team.

    The first section of "The Art of Project Management" is a detailed look at how to make concrete progress on the planning front. Chapter 3 (available as a sample online) does a great job of walking through how to figure out a plan. Breaking it down by technology, marketing, and customer questions is a nice way of trying to bring balance to the discussions, particularly in teams that are typically very technology focused in their planning ("oooh, let's go build this feature!").

    Chapter 4 on writing a clear vision for a team is not only refreshing, but is detailed and full of specific questions to ask that help form the vision. While there are only three samples of "good" vision statemens, they are so crisp and to the point they excite and inspire. His position that vision statements should also be visual, while obvious once written down, is almost always overlooked by teams.

    I am impressed at how much detail Mr Berkun has put into "The Art of Project Management". I've tried to ready many project management books, but they always seem to fall short of meeting the bar of providing enough useful information to be actionable. Mr Berkun's writing is clear, to the point, and contains just the right level of background and examples to really make a difference in my day-to-day planning activities.

    I can't wait to get through the rest!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A pratical book about team leadership
    There are many books about project management, and most of them focused on managing the process instead of the team. This book is unique in its focus on the project manager himself, describing his balancing act among conflicting forces in the practice of project management. It promotes the idea of "art of project leadership" instead of "science of project management processes" for the success of PM. Its emphasis on communication, leadership and good decision making is very practical to day to day practice of any PM.

    The only drawback is that there are no enough graphs, images or diagrams that can increase the entertaining experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super-smart guy who knows how to mentor and teach
    I know of Scott's work within Microsoft; he was one of the smartest guys here around project management. He had a terrific track record in two things: getting excellent software out the door and mentoring others to do the same. Some can do project management, some can teach it, but Scott has proved in the real world, under real-world pressure, that he can do both. With this book, he's able to share a great deal of what he's learned (and often learned the hard way). No book by itself will make you a great project manager, but the tips and work methods he offers here can help you make that jump from casual project management to a professional level of control over and direction for your projects. His suggestions for getting projects started right are especially valuable, from inception through vision and scope; it's a herculean effort to rescue a project that starts badly, so here's some very practical and proven advice on starting well - and finishing well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars how to get good ideas?
    Berkun touches upon many aspects of leading a technical group. Of all his remarks, I found the most relevant to my experience was when he talked about where ideas came from. He devotes a chapter to this. As an inventor, it was the most germane to me. While your background is probably different, being able to come up with original ideas and implementing them is a good ability to cultivate. Both in the context of project management and more broadly in any technical sphere.

    Berkun points out that creativity can be enhanced by persistent mental exercise. And that if you have had good ideas in the past, you should recall carefully the environments in which these occurred. Any commonalities imply that you might want to reproduce these in the future, to increase the odds of more good ideas. I and possibly many other inventors would concur. Creativity can be fickle and you need to tip the odds in your favour.

    Yes, if you are a hard core techie, this can seem frustratingly intangible. But important ideas might not arise from a low level focusing on solving a bug list. That may be necessary in your work, but insufficient for a broader vision. ... Read more

    19. Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
    by Danny Goodman
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    Asin: 0596003161
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-15)
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    Sales Rank: 19655
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly an Excellent Offering from O'Reilly
    Not that it's any great surprise, but O'Reilly has put out another great reference. This book has everything. It covers Microsoft, Mozilla, and W3C DOM, CSS1, CSS2, CSS-P, JavaScript and ECMA-Script...the works. This book gives special attention to what works in different browsers and different versions, giving you all the tools you need to create great cross-browser web sites.

    This book departs from the first edition in that it no longer claims any support for Netscape 4, which, for all intents and purposes, is a dead platform. The DOM that Netscape tried to work in to version 4 never got accepted by the W3C, and then when Netscape 6 came out, they made the absolutley correct decision to kill the old DOM and move toward the standard. Having said that, this book does still provide adequate coverage of Netscape 4. I say, in doing that, Goodman has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

    In short, I wanted to build a website that took advantage of what DHTML has to offer, and having been frustrated by the lack of quality tutorials and references on the web, I bought this. I found it to be very well written and comprehensive to the extreme, and I was up and running with a cross-browser site in no time. If you are going to do web UI development, grab this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The title says it all: THE Definitive Reference
    If you're looking for a beginner's guide to HTML, JavaScript or CSS, this is NOT the book for you. It's not a tutorial, or a "how to" book.

    If, on the other hand, you're a journeyman web developer, this is *the* reference for client-side technologies. It covers HTML (through HTML 4), JavaScript (through IE & NS 4), the Document Object Model (DOM Level 1) and CSS (including CSS-P and CSS2) in exhaustive detail, with syntax, usage, DOM references, and browser/platform support notes for every tag, attribute, property and function, all in one book.

    My only complaints are:

    A) the layout is dense, so it takes a little time to learn how to make full use of it;

    B) there are a few minor editorial errors in this edition;

    C) it's a 1998 edition, so it doesn't specifically cover IE5 or Netscape 6.

    All in all, a remarkable reference work. I use it literally every day. I just hope my current copy doesn't fall apart until the 2nd edition is available!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent
    I bought the first edition of this book a few years ago, and found it the best reference book I every had. In the first chapters, Danny Goodman has an excellent way of explaining the differences between browser versions and the history/reasoning behind them. These chapters in the second revision of the book are a must-read for those who want to clear up their confusion about the "old" Netscape/IE differences and the new standards that Netscape 6+/IE/w3c are finally starting to comply with.

    For someone into editing HTML/css/JavaScript, I haven't come across a better reference book yet. It is also one of the few books that gives practical hints on creating pages that work on all browsers AND platforms. I admire Danny Goodman for taking on the enormous challenge that writing this book imposed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible
    This has proved to be the most valuable reference book I own, and I develop software in a number of languages. The title is a little misleading--if you are doing any web page development, you should buy this book. If I could own just one book about JavaScript, for example, this would be it. At my last place of employment, a coworker had this book, and we wore it out. When we both left, I had to rush out and buy my own copy. I'd have bought it at double the price--it's that good.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
    I own Danny Goodman's JavaScript Handbook from circa 1996. That has nothing to do with this review other than to say this guy has been doing this stuff for a long time. This is a great reference book to have handy and has good examples of each tag, element, or keyword in HTML, DOM, CSS, and JavaScript. ... Read more

    20. Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
    by Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
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    Catlog: Book (2003-08-21)
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    The second edition of Perl Cookbook has been fully updated for Perl 5.8, with extensive changes for Unicode support, I/O layers, mod_perl, and new technologies that have emerged since the previous edition of the book. Recipes have been updated to include the latest modules. New recipes have been added to every chapter of the book, and some chapters have almost doubled in size. Covered topic areas include:

    • Manipulating strings, numbers, dates, arrays, and hashes
    • Pattern matching and text substitutions
    • References, data structures, objects, and classes
    • Signals and exceptions
    • Screen addressing, menus, and graphical applications
    • Managing other processes
    • Writing secure scripts
    • Client-server programming
    • Internet applications programming with mail, news, ftp, and telnet
    • CGI and mod_perl programming
    • Web programming
    Whether you're a novice or veteran Perl programmer, you'll find Perl Cookbook, 2nd Edition to be one of the most useful books on Perl available. Its comfortable discussion style and accurate attention to detail cover just about any topic you'd want to know about.You can get by without having this book in your library, but once you've tried a few of the recipes, you won't want to. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended - Especially for CGI Programmers still looking..
    I have had experience in the language for a few months now. The only reason I even started learning Perl was because I was intrigued with programming CGI. I bought "Programming Perl" and enjoyed it as a beginners reference but was left hanging as where to turn next. I picked up 2-3 other books, specifically for web programming with Perl, but they all did not get into topics besides basic form parsing, etc and the information was repeatative from book to book. I finally found this book and it has answered all my questions and cleared all my confusions with my CGI scripts. It has a lot of good examples/scripts with helpful subroutines. I use them in almost every CGI script I program now because of their ease of use and accuracy. There were a few minor mistakes in their code (perhaps a test to see if you can debug their scripts using your new knowledge ) that kept it from getting a perfect 10 but 9.5 is good enough anyways. Don't hesitate to buy it as it is probably the most used and most valuable Perl book on the market!

    (Not recommended unless you have basic knowledge of Perl)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The book every Perl programmer should own
    More books like these should be written for all popular languages. This is by far the most used book for me when I started to learn and program using Win32 Perl. I've not run into any problems with programming in the Win32 environment with this book. The second most used book is "Perl in a Nutshell," also by O'Reilly. But if there's a problem I have, I reach for this book first. 700+ pages packed with solutions and explanations of those solutions to many common problems. Most of the time, you'll find something in there to get you started if it doesn't solve your problem outright. There are whole sections for solving problems with:

    Date and Times
    Pattern Matching
    File Access
    File Contents
    References and Records
    Packages, Libraries and Modules
    Classes, Objects and Ties
    Database Access
    User Interface
    Process AManagement and Communication
    Internet Services
    CGI Programming
    Web Automation

    That's 20 sections in all! Get the book and stop suffering while looking for answers to your Perl problems. This book easily saved a month's worth of my time during a 4 month project. Plus, it saved me from writing inefficient code simply because I was new to the language and didn't know the tricks that can be used for such a wonderful language.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The missing manual from the Camel Book
    Invaluable text that offers quick and varied solutions to the most common perl tasks. I like the variety of solutions; generally the first one they suggest is the one of the ideas you'll have had for solving the problem; then they refine it into most robust, idiomatic perl, which means you have the option of learning how the pros do it.

    Oh, and the index is well laid out, which is absolutely essential in the must-finish-this-program-by-tonite sort of book that this is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Book
    I consider myself a beginner Perl-hacker. I use Perl to accomplish directly applicable tasks for my work (Logic Designer). I hack as little as needed to get the job done.

    Having said that, when I have a new problem to solve, this is the first book I peruse for ideas... and more often than not I find something very useful and applicable.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perl Cookbook: Nutritious and Delicious
    I love Perl. I am almost obsessed with it. I have even left love messages for my wife in the mirror written in the best Perl I can manage. That's not to say that I am a Perl expert--not by any means. I think I shall forever remain a student as there is always more to learn. I am always searching for the latest Perl tidbit and I usually turn first to an O'Reilly book. One of the latest publications to come from O'Reilly on the subject of Perl is the second edition of the Perl Cookbook. Five years have passed since the last edition was published and a lot has changed in that short time span.

    For those of you looking to improve your physique without leaving your desk, you'll find hefting this latest edition better suited to the task. It's about 200 pages thicker and about 543 pounds heavier. Okay, so the weight is an exaggeration. There are 80 new recipes (and two new chapters) covering technologies such as Unicode, XML and mod_perl. Even if you own a copy of the first edition, you will find the new recipes and the updated recipes of great value.

    For those of you unfamiliar The Perl Cookbook, you will discover a rich treasure trove of excellent solutions to vexing problems. While the Perl Cookbook won't teach you the basics of Perl, beginners can benefit from not having to reinvent the wheel for addressing common tasks such as sorting, traversing, printing or deleting hashes. Advanced Perl Mongers may find the updated discussion on process management, object orientation and module creation enlightening. ... Read more

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