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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-270)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Dan Balter, Derek Melber, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Detailed for an exam cram

I was amazed how detailed this was for just being an exam cram. Gave detailed information, but not enough to confuse the issues.
I have used it to trouble shoot alot of areas in Windows XP, as well as work towards certification.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Challenging, rigorous, and fun.

This book is an excellent companion to The Little Schemer. TLS is a profound and witty tour of recursion theory, but does not touch on the practical considerations of creating efficient programs (and does not claim to do so). SICP provides the assiduous reader with the distinction between a procedure's definition (which may well be recursive) and the process it generates (which may be iterative). It provides the means to make informed choices about program design. In particular, the book centers on writing language interpreters, which is an excellent strategy for understanding all of the problems faced in real-world programming.
Because the book evolved from an MIT undergraduate course, the exercises tend to be thematically related to engineering concerns (math, physics, etc.), whereas TLS uses food. Do not be put off by this emphasis on math applications; the book is broadly applicable to all domains of program design, and is not *about* mathematics or engineering. Then again, you might consider the book to be an engineer's approach to program design, in that its emphasis is on correctness and efficiency, and not on abstract beauty or brevity.
It should go without saying that you will not get anything out of the book if you do not do as many of the exercises as you are able.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Newton's Telecom Dictionary: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, Computing and the Internet (20th Edition)
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Harry Newton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth every penny!

As a telecommunications student, I was leery of all the abbreviations and unfamiliar terms. This book was very helpful in explaining new words and phrases, especially since the telecommunications industry is full of strange acronyms. Very worthwhile!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential for anyone using databases with Perl

Perl and databases have always been two technologies that were meant to be used together, but until the arrival of the DBI (DataBase Interface) it wasn't always particularly easy to get them talking to each other.
The DBI changes all that. Now there is no reason not to use Perl to access you databases. This book, co-written by the designer of the DBI, explains very clearly how to get the two working closely together.