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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not a book for easy answers and examples

A friend let me borrow this book while I was writing a Perl program to capture system statistics. I was hoping to have something with easy explanations and lots of examples, which this book does not provide. Buy it if you want to _MASTER_ REs, but look elsewhere if you need an intro first. Please note that I revised my rating to 4/5 because I admit that I expected the book to be something it wasn't intended to be, but with so few (if any?) intro books about REs on the market, I still think the author missed a chance to explain REs to newcomers.

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
The most well written book for learning a new language.

I've been programming for the last 8 years and have read many programming books. The animal books (O'Reilly) tend to be the best anyway, but this one takes the cake. The Llama, as this book is affectionately referred to in the Perl community, is concise and its chapters are broken up in a way that makes it very easy to read and understand. That's probably because the authors have been teaching Perl for years. The authors write with a pure love for the language and a good, but not forced, sense of humor. Once you've graduated from this book, The Camel (Programming Perl) and the Perl Cookbook are the next step. I strongly recommend The Llama to anyone learning perl.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
I read it since i want to pass an exam :)

First,there are some mistakes in the code supplied with the book,i'm sure Prof. Weiss have already fixed these in the second edition. Second,there MUST be at least answers to the excercises ,i'm not begging for solutions.Third,i'd prefer some other book,like Knuth's,but this one is good enough to pass the exam :),and the thery is described in short and understandable way.To be improved in further editions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good points

One of the best books I have seen.