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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Optimizing Linux(R) Performance : A Hands-On Guide to Linux(R) Performance Tools
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Phillip G. Ezolt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A MUST Have!


This is an excellent book for those who those who are considering moving from Windows, or are Linux fans already!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Introduction To OO Analysis and Design


This book is the best introduction I have seen to object-oriented analysis and design. It explains the 'Unified Process' of analysis and design, including UML and the use of patterns. I am a big fan of this book because it emphasizes the "why"--the reason for each element of the process from a business perspective. For example, instead of simply offering a recipe for writing use cases, the book talks about why one might include or exclude specific elements to achieve specific objectives.
Those (like me) who have avoided Unified Process because it looks too rigid, bureaucratic, and form-laden will love this book. The author argues convincingly that UP is best implemented in an iterative process that looks more like Extreme Programming than the cumbersome waterfall process one typically associates with UP. Then the book shows how to implement a UP process in enough detail, with enough examples, and with enough flexibility, that a project leader can readily put this form of UP into practice.
I have avoided UP for years, but this book may have made a convert out of me. It's the first book I have seen that makes an effective business case for UP and presents a practical guide to its implementation. I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone, from novice project leaders to seasoned software architects.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sed & awk (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amaze & Astound your work mates :)


simple yet powerful commands, you'll wonder how you ever did without it



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
not perfect, but not awful


I'd give this book a four but I get the feeling there are a lot of overenthusiastic souls out there reviewing it.
The book is so-so as a reference, so-so as a comedy. As many others have said, the examples are thin, and many times overly clever, with the equivalent of C expressions like *p++ = --(*foo); who needs that? The humor made me laugh, but I'm a total nerd about that kind of stuff.
The sections on references, modules, and objects were possible to understand, but far too difficult to be used as a quick reference book.
That said, I don't know of a good alternative and probably couldn't write it here if I did.