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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 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:
StringsNumbersDate and TimesArraysHashesPattern MatchingFile AccessFile ContentsDirectoriesSubroutinesReferences and RecordsPackages, Libraries and ModulesClasses, Objects and TiesDatabase AccessUser InterfaceProcess AManagement and CommunicationSocketsInternet ServicesCGI ProgrammingWeb 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.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If you have a bit of programming experience, this book together with access to the NT Resource Kit tools will provide you with the foundation for doing almost anything you could imagine within Windows NT Shell Scripting.
The book can be used both as a tutorial and a reference for Windows NT scripting and gives good examples of the commands, tools and concepts covered. For Windows NT, this book does the job as your Shell Scripting Bible in less than 400 pages.
Since Windows NT 4.0, a lot has happened in the Windows scripting field though. With the release of Windows 2000 and the subsequent Windows XP and .NET Server, shell scripting has become much more powerful. A second edition of this book covering the new commands and tools would be most welcome. Until one exists, you might also want to look at newer books covering shell scripting for operating systems based on the Windows NT kernel.
You might also want to look at other, often more powerful ways to script your Windows NT-based environment. For that matter I recommend looking at other books covering WSH (Windows Script Host), ADSI and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Modeling Derivatives in C++ (Wiley Finance)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Justin London
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book!

Modeling Derivatives in C++ is a great book.

If you do work in the fin services area, Modeling Derivatives in C++ is a required book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Services (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Timothy A. Howes, Mark C. Smith, Gordon S. Good, Tim Howes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The LDAP Bible.

I have been designing and implementing LDAP instances for a few years now and I can honestly say, after reading all other LDAP offerings out there, this IS the Bible. If you are new to LDAP or wish to have some more information or gain fresh ideas, this is the book to buy.