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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Exceptional writing ability makes concepts clear

I have approximately 5 feet of bookshelf space dedicated to linux books, by now. While many have detail that surpasses this book, none are written as clearly. I enjoyed the writing style as much as the information conveyed. You will not be disappointed with this tome.
A word of warning, however. This book, while a beginning introduction to many topics, is not for beginning programmers. If you do not already know C, shop for another book. The authors hit the ground running and do not stop to explain pointers and other syntactic minutia. This probably will not be a problem for most of you. Why would a complete novice jump into device drivers? Still, do not be fooled by the "Beginning" in the title. You are introduced to some fairly hairy concepts most programmers seldom delve into (system calls, for example).
Am I happy with this book? You bet. If every Wrox book is as expertly edited and authored, then O'reily has some stiff competition. By the way, do not ever purchase a book with the words "Unleashed", "Maximum", or "Que" on the cover. You'll regret it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book you can Buy for begginers.

All right my name is Troy and im 14 years old. I start off with saying that this is the best book to buy if have never even programmed before. This book gives you the best start you can get..Dont buy books like "C for dumbies" by googin or whatever his name is. I seriously reccomend this book. It starts of with standard I/o like printf() and scanf() et cetera...THen goes on to teach you data structers, loops, heap memory, intermediate i/o, and making your own functions. It teaches you how to organize your code and make it more easier to read. The writer puts everything in a CLEAR easy to read way, unlike other books that explain things in a very difficult manner and don't put much depth into it or make jokes to get the point through like your stupid. After this book I reccomend "The C Programming Language" by Kernighan and Ritchie. Buy this book and you won't regret it...Thats a fact. Just don't think that your a master at C after you read it. Practice will make you a better programmer.!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Frank D. Luna
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
one of the best

I have read a lot of intro to a subject books and this is one of the best. Learning game programming was made easy by the author as all the chapters are well put together. I would have like to learn about the camera class much sooner then the author wants you too, but I understand his way of progression throughout the book. I am proud to own this book and I feel it was the best [$$] I spent on a gaming book to date.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Strategic Database Marketing: The Masterplan for Starting and Managing a Profitable Customer-Based Marketing Program
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Arthur M. Hughes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE Best Database Marketing Reference

I have only been in the direct/database marketing field for a relatively brief time. However, I have already read many recent and highly acclaimed books on the two subjects. Although I rate these books from fair to excellent, none of them compares to this outstanding guide and reference by Mr. Hughes. The coverage of RFM, Recency, Frequency, and Monetary, and LTV, lifetime value, analyses are undoubtedly the best I have read in any magazine or book, with the exception of Mr. Hughes's (please excuse the ancient grammar standard) other writings.
I would highly recommend this book to any direct/database marketing professional. I can't wait for the next edition.