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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
This book is awesome!


This book includes mostly sample code and examples which is the best thing it could include. It gave me the answers I needed quickly with viable solutions. It is worth every penny, unlike most books I purchase.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Unix Programmers Bible


This is an essential book for any serious or professional Unix programmer.
Written in a clear paedagogical style, Professor Stevens demonstrates mastery of the subject, and his desire to pass that expertise on to the reader.
The API's are illuminated by clear examples of their use. He also mentions many of the pitfalls to look out for when programming across the different flavours (BSD, SRV4) and different standards (POSIX, ANSI).
It is a comprehensive tome that represents real value for money.
I use this book so much I will probably need to buy another copy in a few years, if it doesn't go on permanent loan first.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning C#
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Introduction to C#


This is a good introduction to C# but you can't depend only on 1 book. You can read Programming C# it's a good book too. I read some articles for an author called Michael Youssef in www.c-sharpcorner.com he's a great author and write in a very simple way that you can 100% grasp I hope that he publish his book soon.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows User Experience (Microsoft Professional Editions)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors:
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Typical Microsoft


While the MS Windows User Experience will be a necessary reference book for MS UI developers, it fails as a general guide for creating a "great user experience." Scaning the first chapter, for example, I just had to laugh: I had been just reading a text on the new Macintosh OS X interface then switched to the Windows book. The Mac OS X UI guide was simplistic and bland, while the first chapter of the Windows guide was verbose and unnecessarily complex. How stereotypical is it possible to get? Also, in chapter one of the MS book there are less than 2 introductory pages of positive text, then 16 pages on what NOT to do.
If you are looking for a book which lists MS Windows UI elements, and contains the official MS explanation of what to do with them, this book would be handy to keep around. However, if you are looking for an excellent book on user interface and "user experience", I highly recommend going to the Macintosh web site and downloading, for free, the "ancient" (by computer standards) 1995 Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines (which differs greatly from the Mac OS X book mentioned above).