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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
18 of 19 Chapters Great


Most of the book flows: smooth, logical, heuristic. A very good introduction to what can be a confusing language. Best book I've seen for a programmer to use to pick up a new language. You will want the companion camel book, Programming Perl, for reference; but don't try to learn Perl from the camel book unless you are a masochist.
Two free bits of advice. Skip the first chapter. If you want to learn Perl, you know why. There is enough stuff in the first chapter to stifle the impulse if you read it carefully.
Second, practice your skimming skills on the second chapter. Then go back and re-read it carefully when you're fresh. It's long and important, but when you've got past this chapter, you'll roll the rest of the way through the book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is your starter book!!


This is the very first book I bought on game programming and it is perfect. Some parts are confusing at first (if you're new to visual C++), but all you have to do is re-read it and you'll be set. Best thing about it is the writer is not super serious, so you won't have to worry about getting lost in jargon. Get this book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Powell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for reference, Not good for begginer


I have quite a bit of background knowledge on HTML, so it was quite useful. but it was hard to grasp the things I did not know about. It also jumps right into some complicated things and has simplier things afterwards. So I would definitly recomend it for people who know HTML and/or XHTML, but I would recomend a different book for people who are begginers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not what I'd expect from Wrox


I have been working on a project involving DTS and needed a firm grash of it. the book far from scaring me with all the technicalities and programming depth at the begining gradually introduced me to DTS and step by step with example showed me how to harness the power of DTS including the programming side it is the perfect book to introduce you to the subject and for self learner like me it succeed at opening your mind and pointing you to the right direction
I 'll recommend it