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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Discipline of Programming
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
computer science classic

Coming from no less a person than Dijkstra, this book, though dated takes programming to a different level.
It blesses the discipline of programming with the mathematical formalism and begins to look at it as a piece of mathematics.
I picked this book while doing my CS undergraduate, and made me fall in love with CS, all over again.
It does NOT however talk much about programming techniques or methods! It looks at programs from as formal a view point as possible and builds a framework for constructing 'correct' programs..or more correctly a framework for 'proving the correctness' of a program. It takes you to the point of considering programs as poetry..
Its difficult to contemplate the application of the thoeries developed here into practice, though a lot of it is used in some form or the other, but nonetheless it makes an excellent reading.
I recommend it to anybody seriously interested in computer science .

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Version 2003 (Book & CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book I have on .NET

This book is the most complete I have found on .NET (I have 4 other books). Beware this isn't a beginners text as Balena outlines very early on. The book is written with experienced VB6 developers in mind. However, it should be usable if coming from other languages as well.

The book is very complete and covers everything from forms to data access, ASP.NET, web services, classes, file access and custom controls. It's also very well organized and reads very easily for a reference book. The index is well organized so it's easy to find what you're looking for. The book makes reference to VB6 a great deal to help those coming from that environment. This book and Balena's VB6 book are included on CD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Perl book ever written!

Perl is my favorite language and has been for many years. Iagree with the author that Perl and C/C++ makes for the most powerfulcombination of languages for developing incredible tools, and have used this combo many times. Add OpenGL (or Mesa) and Tk (not Tcl! ) to these two languages and I feel you can't go wrong. Perl by itself is the most powerful prototyping language ever invented. Before this book, I had a great deal of experience with Perl and considered myself an advanced Perl Hacker. I had probably bought 6 other Perl books previously. Yet this book has managed to teach me a great deal! The insights into the internals of the language are a tremendous help toward understanding Perl. No other book provides a clearer explanation of Perl that I have found. Excellent work, Sriram! (And many thanks to Larry Wall for the language, O'Reilly for supporting the language with excellent documentation, and especially Tom Christiansen for all his help over the years with learning Perl! END

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you aren't a

I bought this book because my programming team needed a good reference for writing stored procedures. So far, it has exceeded my expectations. It is truly excellent. In my opinion it lives up to the many good reviews.
When I move on to another job and have to leave this book behind, I'll buy my own copy. I can't give it a higher recommendation than that.