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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent All-Around Guide To MySQL Programming


I am an experienced web developer and recently started using Perl with MySQL to build database-driven CGI applications.MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois turned out to be a valuable reference resource.
While the title mentions only MySQL, the book provides a great deal of solutions (and code) for using MySQL with Perl, PHP, Python and Java. If you are familiar with any of these computer languages, this book and MySQL manual is all you need to start building applications with MySQL-compatible database backend.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything you ever wanted to know...


This is a very comprehensive book that goes into more detail than I need but will be perfect for others.
Every aspect of selling books online is looked at carefully. The language is simple and easy to understand for just about anybody.
The author, a successful bookseller, gives a lot of good tips on what and how to sell. There is a section on this topic that is a real eye opener as to just how little so many book are worth.
But, if you are hoping to unload a few old books to clear off a shelf, or go whole hog and start a full-time business, you will find a lot of helpful advice in this book.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good preparation for CCNP & CCIE Exams


The authors have a gift for taking complex subjects that are often badly treated elsewhere and explaining them in easy to understand terms. The chapters on spanning tree are the best I've seen. The chapter on LANE is brilliant.
I admit that I'm biased since I work with Kennedy and Kevin at Chesapeake, but regardless, this is an excellent book, a must have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must Have For Any Beginnning or Serious Developers


Ever read books where you are only able to extract two good paragraphs of information in a span of one or more chapters? Well, this book is a little different.
Whether you are a beginning or experienced software developer, you will find every page of infomation in this book worth your while to go through. It first, points out the proper approach and guideline that sotware development should take. Then it details on why and how, from both a theoretical and practical point of view, weighing trade-offs between ad-hoc and elegant design approaches. Pointing out classical problems and pitfalls, and better means of avoiding them. Also, a good short synopsis on factors to consider in deciding whether to use structured or object-oriented design in your design.(OOAD is not always the better choice, and it tells you why)
This book wont teach you how to write syntax or programming in any particular programming language, but it will equiped you with the necessary tools of design techniques and best practices before you write one-single line of code. Software engineering(at times) is an inderministic process, which requires persistence, innovations and even(and definitely) brute force. Having "Code Complete" will help you stay on the right path and better your chances of succeeding. Buy it, read it, and read it again. It doesn't require you to read it in any particular order and thus suits the experience level of any readers. This book is also a viable tool for software managers that manage critical software systems.
The best (money)you will ever spend on a software book. It will accelerate anyone's learning curve in the field of software engineering. If you are a beginner, it will help you start off on the right foot in developing software. If you are a experienced developer, it might point out some bad habbits that you might not realize that you are practicing. It might offer better alternatives to your existing problem solving approach. It certainly humbles me as a reader and an experienced developer on the idea there will always be better solutions to a problem out there. Believe me, it will make a difference in the way you think and do things. You will learn to appreciate the art of designing software and the world of software engineering.
Happy Reading!