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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A magnificently concise introduction to a powerful language


Publishers should take note that despite the relative brevity of this book, it remains one of the best selling programming books year after year. And, more importantly, it accomplishes its goal of teaching the language without being repetitive or condescending (or inaccurate) like so many other programming books. This should be your learning guide for Perl, <I>Programming Perl</I> (the infamous 'Camel' book) should be your reference, and <I>Mastering Regular Expressions</I> should be how you dive off the deep end!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sonet/SDH Third Edition
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Walter Goralski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent overview of all aspects of SONET...


Despite the scathing review from the person from Newport, CA above, Goralski's book is an excellent in-depth overview of all aspects of SONET. Yes, the book is long -- and there's not much filler in sight. Goralski covers this subject well, providing breadth and depth of coverage, and he's a good writer to boot. Not only does he describe the protocols, but also the equipment, historical background (great context settings), and likely future of this technology.
I really feel the need to correct the impression left by some of the reviewer's above who, in my opinion, clearly need this book. One says that Goralski is wrong referencing the "U" (unidirectional) in UPSR as transmission; instead, U refers to switching. Huh? That's just wrong; read the standard (and just about other document written about SONET). (As an aside, this reviewer has reversed the specifications -- GR-1230 is BLSR and GR-1400 is UPSR.) Another reviewer makes a big deal about what pg. 223 says about the transport of the DS-1 framing bit in a VT1.5 mapping. What the book says is that the "The DS-1 framing bit is not transported through the SONET portion of the DS-1 link..." It goes on to say that "The asynchronous mapping does not carry the DS-1 framing bit in the overhead. The framing bit is included in the VT1.5 bit stream..."
I quote these errors only because I think that the reviewers' misunderstandings should not stop people from buying an excellent reference text.



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
Super book


If you love mathematics or statistics, you will find this book a wonderful companion for learning advanced Transact-SQL. Just about everything you can do with the language is shown here, with detailed examples and tutorial for each language feature.
Henderson successfully shows how to use Transact-SQL as an advanced set algebra language along the lines of pure mathematics languages. You learn to code up statistical functions that are not only accurate and functional, but also fast. Henderson shows how to turn SQL Server into a data-enabled statistical computation engine, something I've not seen anyone else do.
Some of the code presented will cause you to bend your mind a bit as you begin to view Transact-SQL in a different light. But it's worth the struggle because, when you're finished, you'll be a guru yourself.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe InDesign cs Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Galen Gruman, Galen Gruman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Where to get even more information


As the author of the InDesign CS Bible, I'm obviously proud of the book. But there's even more information available to supplement the book at http://www.indesigncentral.com, including some chapter updates for Indesign and Mac OS X changes that occurred after the book went to press. --Galen Gruman