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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book for serious Perl programmers

This book contains good examples and code which is very useful to solve your common problems. The way it organized (problem, solution then discussion)is simply superb.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Adrienne Tannenbaum
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Defines Metadata Well

Tannenbaum clearly knows the data storage and mining industry. She has produced a book that brings together a comprehensive view of metadata and of its parent, meta-metadata.
It is rather easy to find a book on the details of XML, for example. Or on SQL and its various commercial and open source implementations. And on database design.
But all these can be regarded as lower level details. What if you have several data warehouses, each with its own DBMS catalog, and the warehouses are not from the same vendor? Plus, there are manifold, quite separate application tools that read/write to these. You want to develop a coherent integrated view of the data, hopefully by using metadata descriptors. The type of texts mentioned above are of little help here. The vendor specific books typically orient you to their product alone.
Tannenbaum has striven to fill this market gap. She explains what metadata is, and what a metamodel is. All done at a high level that frees you from the syntax of XML or SQL. Though she does use UML in many diagrams, you do not need to know UML to understand them.
My only quibble is that perhaps some more detailed examples would have been instructive. The high level discussions are good. But some readers might miss the significances of some remarks. More explicit pedagogic examples might drive home the points.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced DBA Certification Guide and Reference for DB2 UDB v8 for Linux, Unix and Windows
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Dwaine R. Snow, Thomas Xuan Phan, Dwaine Snow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best DB2 Advanced Reference

This book goes further than all other DB2 books I've read. It is not a simple 'how to' guide, it also gives lots of good practices and info not always known by the average DBA.If you are trying to push your DB2 expertise to the next level, this is the book you should try first.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great C book for beginners

Greg Perry, wherever you are, I'd like to congratulate you! I've read some of the recent C teaching texts, but this book, even though it's six years old, has taught me more in an hour than what I learned in a day's worth of reading those other books. The abundant examples allows for frequent experimentation, and the book itself allows for any programmer "wanna-be" to really learn the language at his or her own pace. A must have for beginning programmers!