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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: VHDL Coding Styles and Methodologies
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Ben Cohen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No other book needed

This is the best of 4 books I purchased on the subject of VHDL, by a factor of 10. The price took me by surprise but it was readily available through the third party link. Buy this one and you won't need any of the others. If I would have purchased this one a year ago it would have saved me much grief.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You rock Devin!

Ever since the CNWA announcement, I have searched the internet for all study material. I have taken practice exams and even downloaded the only "study guide" I could find, that was until now.

This release seems to be a good source of information as it is written by the CTO of Planet3 Wireless, the creator of the CWNA exam. Having read other material from Devin Arkin and then reading this book I think you'll have a great chance of passing on the first try.

Written to the introductory level of technician this book gives you a complete breakdown of the exam objectives. Arkin makes the reading easy to follow along, but at the same fills the pages with detailed explanations.

While the book does have over a hundred practice questions, I think for the money a cd should have been included with practice tests. Overall, while a little pricey, it may be worth the buy for the CNWA cert

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn Java 2 (1.5) and learn to program

Not only does this book teach the syntax and features of Java, it also teaches programming fundamentals. For example, there are chapters on arrays and control statements, but you're not left with just that information. Later chapters teach algorithms and ways to use what you've learned. Another thing I like is that this book begins with object oriented programming, instead of teaching procedural programming first. This way you learn the correct way to program Java from the beginning. At the end of each chapter you'll find numerous exercises to re-enforce what you've just learned. I found them interesting and extremely helpful in really furthering my understanding of Java and the nature of problem solving with programming. Many chapters also have optional GUI (Graphical User Interface) and software case studies at the end to start getting your feet wet in these more advanced, but important topics. Also, sprinkled throughout the text are programming tips that include, good programming practices, common programming errors, error prevention tips, look-and-feel observations (GUI), performance tips, portability tips, and software engineering observations. Another unusual thing about this book is the use of color. And while color isn't necessary, it's certainly welcome in a world of drab, gray programming books. Modern development environments make use of color syntax highlighting, so why shouldn't a programming book? Overall I'm very happy with the book. I found the code examples relevant and helpful. The topics begin at the absolute beginning and end with advanced topics such as writing Java applets, Java Server Pages, multi-threading, networking, accessing databases, and more. This one is going in my permanent collection.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth reading

Reading this book will definitely increase your knowledge of Perl. Definitely not content-free. It may not have every topic everyone would hope to see, but it covers some useful stuff like template-driven code generation fairly well. You should read Programming Perl first. Also, read Object Oriented Perl for more elaboration on that topic.