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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PostgreSQL
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Korry Douglas, Susan Douglas
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good reference


A large section of the book goes into PL/pgSQL programming. Like Oracle's PL/SQL or SQL Server's T-SQL, PostgreSQL has it's own SQL programming language. The book discusses the basics of using PL/pgSQL in addition to more complex information (including cursors and triggers).
The next section of the book really go into examples of using PostgreSQL in specific development environments. Specifically, chapters are dedicated to the use of PostgreSQL in Java code (examples are provided in which JDBC connections are made), PHP and Perl, and even ODBC (for those of us using non-open source languages). I especially liked these chapters, as they really helped me see exactly how to implement database calls to PostgreSQL.
The last third of the book is really designed for database administrators. In this section, information is provided on doing everything you need to do from a DBA perspective on PostgreSQL. There is information on configuration, security, and internationalization. One section I particularly found useful was on things to watch out for when running PostgreSQL in a Windows environment (specifically during installation).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hands down the best beginner's assembly book


If you're just starting out with assembly, and don't know where to begin, this is *definitely* the book for you. Save yourself the frustration and buy the book, it's worth every cent. Before teaching you a single line of assembly, the author teaches you what you need to understand about computer architecture. This is something most beginning assembly programmers don't even know they need to understand.
Even people who already know some assembly can benifit from this book. The first few chapters will expand upon what you already know to help form a solid foundation to build on. The author's tongue-in-cheek style of writing make this a very easy read.
I *highly* recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Adam Nathan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Comprehensive interoperability book


Often finding an appropriate and effective bridge to .NET is a time consuming and problematic task, we had to do a lot of research and benchmarking to find an optimal solution. Having this book by Adam Nathan will save time and effort on building these bridges.

The material in the book is intended for use by experienced professional developers, it's certainly not an entry level tutorial, but the author's style, detailed description supported by examples makes it easy to read and follow. A short introduction to .NET and managed code concepts is provided in the first section of the book. I discovered, however, that this book may be helpful to the people who have no previous COM knowledge, due to the very descriptive and illustrative style.

The author clearly has an extensive experience of COM and a good knowledge of Microsoft .NET. That's why the material is not just an abstract presentation, but a systematically organized guide, focused on potential problems and difficulties a developer may face. However, it is still only focused on COM/.NET interoperability, most probably I would need another book about Java, CORBA working with .NET. The book, as already mentioned, is not an introductory or general conceptual tutorial on programming or architecture, but a very detailed and comprehensive interoperability reference, and it is definitely worth its price. Also the length of the book, about 1600 pages is well justified. Another positive side of the book is that examples are written in VB, C# and managed C++.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(tm)2: A Beginner's Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt, Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Super Book


As an introduction to Java programming, this book has no equal. Its artful orginization and pristine writing actually make it simple to learn this complex language. Just its creative use of font styles, text shading, and imbedded code commentary outshine the other half dozen books on Java that I've read. Besides its excellent formatting, the books clear, concise, and yet rigorous explanation of Java's rules and regulations present the logic of the language's design in a manner anyone can appreciate---from first timers to veteran hackers. Most definitely, this should be your first Java book. Five stars!