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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 2, Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Douglas Schmidt, Michael Stal, Hans Rohnert, Frank Buschmann
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Verbose and Specific


It's a great topic for a book - concurrent network programming.
Although the documented patterns suit server and client applications, I would have prefered to see them treated in a more general context. I would also prefer to see the patterns explained in far fewer pages. Each pattern is usually described with a heavy emphasis on a very specific example (like an HTTP server) rather than in conceptual terms.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book, but you'll want the second edition!


Mr. Beazley has written an execllent reference for Python. Although the bulk of this book is taken from the library reference, the book's formatting and extra research make it a far quicker and more informative reference for all those Python details that are so easy to forget.
The section on the language itself is phenomenally short, yet covers every core feature of the language succinctly and clearly. Once you know Python, this book will make sure you never forget a thing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
very good for beginners


very good for beginners but does not have everything you are needed to know. Programing Perl is a better reference book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports .NET Programming
Publisher: Bischof Systems
Authors: Brian Bischof
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Crystal Reports .NET Programming by Brian Bischof


Written by a programmer for programmers! I recently added this gem to my library of invaluable programming bibles. Beginner and advanced Crystal Report developers alike will find this book a good read. I must admit that I just browse through most development-type bibles. I started reading...and I mean reading this excellent resource. I couldn't put it down. I couldn't skip over sections in fear of missing valuable best practises suggestions. .NET delivery or not, I urge you to get this valuable resource.