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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Windows XP (ExtremeTech)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Steve Sinchak
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Disappointed Advanced User


I am a fairly advanced WinXP user and bought this book because it was recommended on tweakxp.com -- a website I refer to frequently for tips on how to optimize the look and performance of Windows XP. They noted that the book would not be like the website, but instead be a much more refined, organized, and in-depth guide to squeezing those last few drops of performance out of your system.

They wrong.

Yes, it is well-organized and well-written, but if you are at all interested in tweaking your Windows system to make it look and perform better, every single one of these 200+ "hacks" can be found on the Internet on tweakxp.com or by doing a simple Google search for Windows optimization tips.

I will give the guide credit to publicizing small, lesser-known shareware products that are written to diagnose, analyze, or improve Windows performance. If you are interested in knowing what programs the author feels are top-of-the-line as of the publish date, this book may be worth the price to you.

As it is, however, I recommend doing a few minutes of web searching and saving yourself $15.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You've taken something complex and made it seem simple.


Your book along with the JavaScript on your web site has helped me tremendously! I'm not a programmer -- yet you helped me to understand JavaScript and DHTML. When I look at a web site with drop down boxes, user input, animation and sound, I am no longer baffled about how it is done. You've taken something complex and made it seem simple. The scary thought is that now I believe I can build a powerful web site - quite an accomplishment for a CFO. Bravo!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You've taken something complex and made it seem simple.


Your book along with the JavaScript on your web site has helped me tremendously! I'm not a programmer -- yet you helped me to understand JavaScript and DHTML. When I look at a web site with drop down boxes, user input, animation and sound, I am no longer baffled about how it is done. You've taken something complex and made it seem simple. The scary thought is that now I believe I can build a powerful web site - quite an accomplishment for a CFO. Bravo!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Oriented Perl
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Damian Conway
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical insights for 2nd generation Perl OO'ers


I've tried to figure out Perl OO for years using the perl documentation. Even with a M.S. in CS, I didn't get it. It was too ivory tower. Or it was written too early by folks that were too close to core Perl. (Aside -- those early tutorials did a *great* service to Perl and OO. Many thanks to the pioneering authors for their efforts in moving Perl and OO forward! )
Since this book was written years after the original OO perl tutorials, Damian has had the advantage that time allows. He reports, in a clear style, how programmers *really* use the OO aspects of Perl. He reports what practically works, rather than what could theoretically work. He *builds* on the first generation of tutorials that, since they were written so early, did not have practical field experience.
Clearly written. Practical. Well organized. Thorough. Useful. Substantial examples.
Damian clamins to enjoy writing Perl over C++ because he'd rather write Haiku than legal documents. His clarity and playfulness shows.