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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
not that useful

I have doubts about the usefulness of this book.
There are topic outlines, but the CRAMSESSION OUTLINES available free on the Internet are just as good.
As to practice tests, they are no match for those provided bySELF TEST software.
Makes one wonder why anyone should purchase this book ?

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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Programming Zen

It is a great book for the serious student. I spent much of the read-time visualizing the excellent concepts. When I finished this book, I was able to easily learn and effectively use several languages. (VB, Java, VBScript, JScript, Perl, C++)
It is very import to understand that programming is not just understanding the language, but how to use it effectively. ~ Just because you know how to speak & spell in English that doesn't mean you are great writer... This book will help you become a great writer (programmer).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must have reference

You must have this, need I say more? The only gripe is that it's not really geared towards the beginner, and is intended more as a reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really wonderful

Comprehensive and extremely helpful, and lively to boot. Highly recommended.