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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
Not straightforward, but contains valuble information


While this book isn't quite as comprihensive as 'Programming Perl' by Larry Wall, it still assumes basic knowledge of procedural programming. I bought this book after one semester of C++, and shortly thereafter, I was rewriting that semester's work in Perl. Also, the 'Regular Expressions' Chapter does make several refrences to grep and sed, which seems to irritate some non-UNIX savvy reviewers. I have no real knowledge of UNIX shell scripting, but I was able to understand the sections in the book which make heavy reference to it, those references may just make it easier for UNIX programmers to undestand; it's hardly an impediment to anyone else.
Overall, the book is not easy reading, but if you got an 'A' in your introductory C/C++ class, this book should not be a problem. One common thing I've noticed about programming books on amazon is that, either reviewers praise or bash a particular book, so make sure you 'get' programming before spending $50 on a non-introductory book like this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Does one thing, and does it well


The author does a good job of covering the topics. But, you will find no examples of how to design, or write, applications in this book. This book is what I call a "Theory of Operation" book that covers the inner workings of the C# environment. Like the Bible, it is very useful information, perhaps even essential information, but sometimes dull reading -- at least it was for me -- I enjoy more reading about how to use a tool that how a tool is designed and built. But, understanding the tool helps you to understand better how to use it. This book is cearly a book on how C# works -- rather than how to use C# to develop applications.
The book has listings that are in a rather large font with generous vertical spacing. It is about 400 pages, but could probably have been printed on 300-350 pages without any noticeable loss of readability.
This book, like most of the recent books, uses the preferred formatting of code, with the opening brace being on a separate line (I would illustrate, but the Amazon posting program would strip out the formatting). The listings are easy to read, but do take up a generous amount of space. On the other hand, I hate having to try to read C++ that is written like:
for(i=0;i<max,i++){ // Do something }
Jim Holloman . . . . . Norcross, GA . . . . . [...]



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internet Routing Architectures (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Sam Halabi, Danny McPherson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
TO BUY


Only a word, Buy IT!If you want to know how internet works and how works on cisco router, You Must Buy IT.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Enterprise Unified Process : Extending the Rational Unified Process
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scott W. Ambler, John Nalbone, Michael J. Vizdos
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Now we have a process!


I am so impressed with this book! It does a great job at filling in many of the gaps in RUP. The Life of a software system is so much more than just the development cycle. Unfortunately, so much "process" stuff these days focuses on developing the software without regard to some very important facts. For instance, IF the development and installation processes are successful (and we hope they will be) then someone will need to maintain the system.

EUP thoughtfully guides us through supporting that system while in production and then eventually retiring such a system.