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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LaTeX Companion, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
not perfect, but indispensible


The bottom line is: This is the most useful book on latex2e that I own. I use it all the time. This is not a great book, but there aren't many good books on latex2e and this is probably the best or close to best there is.
There aren't good books on latex; there are very few good books on tex. People don't buy these books because they're fun or interesting, or make good reading, but because they need to get things done and they want the book to show them how. The latex companion will show you how to get things done. If you need to typeset latex documents often, probably "pure latex" in itself won't be enough for you, and the book will make you aware of this fact: It surveys some of the more useful packages for doing useful things: long tables, inserting and manipulating graphics, etc. Once you get the hang of going over to CTAN, checking for useful packages that do the stuff you need, downloading and installing them, you'll be "on your own" and will be able to progress independently. I haven't found a need for another latex manual beyond the Latex Companion, though an O'Reilly pocket reference for tex and latex would have been great! (O'Reilly: Are you reading this???) There are some subjects it doesn't treat well, like foreign languages in latex, but otherwise, it's fine. Another downside is that the book doesn't treat the issues of pdf generation, html generation and hyperlinks, which are becoming very popular in latex circles.
Get this book, and you will probably not need another latex book until the O'Reilley pocket reference to tex and latex comes out.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE perl book


There is no other perl book, there is only.. "The Camel Book". When us programmers need to code in perl, the first and usually last book we need to grab is the camel book.
It has excellent examples, great descriptions, and a very easy to navigate index. I've used this same book for 4 years now and still it's the best reference material in my collection. I'd recommend it to anyone who uses perl or plans to in the future.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A+ Certification for Dummies is OK but not the best choice


This was the first A+ book I bought. I read it several times...learned it by heart. Then I took a few of the commerical practice tests included on the CD-ROM and realized I knew very little. With a week before my test I bought a second book and read it. Between the two books I passed the test and I'm certified. This book was a great book to start out with but I recommend getting a second once you're done with this one. The book does focus a lot of test taking skills which is very valuable. Buy this book plus another and you'll get your A+ Certification. Good luck. I recommend the A+ book from Osborne publishing as an addition to this, but don't skip right into the Osborne book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John Kaufeld
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
even dummies want access....


Up until now, I had never felt like a dummy for buying a "-for dummies" book. Up until now. Among the insipid and mildly insulting jokes I found just enough in this book to figure out what I already knew or could develop on my own using Access' own wizard. The chapters aren't especially helpful; for example, the section on creating forms leaves so much unexplored in this lovely database. In this book, if you come up against an interesting problem, well, you're supposed to find your company's IT nerd and beg. Perhaps that's it: if I make enough to buy the book, reward me as I have rewarded you, Kaufeld. There is a difference between being a dummy and being an innocent. Ah, well, fortunately, I discovered Anderson's "Complete Access Reference" the next week and got a great used copy on Amazon....