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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Oriented Perl
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Damian Conway
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Masterfully Written

I've been looking for this book (I mean figuratively, otherwise I would have just bought it from Amazon..) for years. Conway is a fabulous teacher, and does a great introducing higher level Perl concepts (polymorphism, wantarray, etc.) and then returning to them with a JIT (Just in Time) delivery. I learned so much without having my $/ ->ed. On top of it all, his footnotes pose a challenge to the Onion books, as funniest publication of the year.
Congratulations Damian, and Thank You (:

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not good if you are looking for a reference guide to ASP

I bought this book because I am an ASP beginner and I need to learn the language quickly for work. I have to say, I did not read the book from cover to cover but I have been using it more as a reference when I am stuck. Maybe the information I need is in there somewhere, but I sure can't find it. The index is terrible and most of the simple topics that I want covered are either not in the index or too convoluted to get through in a short amount of time. The person I am working with also has consistantly not found adequite information on the subjects she looks for.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing J2EE Applications with WebSphere Studio: IBM Certified Enterprise Developer (IBM Certification Study Guides)
Publisher: Mc Press
Authors: Howard Kushner, Colin Yu, Doug Weatherbee, Gene Van Sant
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't buy this

Worst book ever.

The intention of this book is to guide you through an example to understand WSAD 5.0. This starts roughly at page 19. On page 21, the illustrations no longer match the example and you WILL get a compile error. Now, with a little luck, I was able to continue with the example until page 30, where I'm completely stuck!

I would certainly give this book 0 stars if it was possible. Don't buy it! You WILL be disappointed!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best intro to SQL!

Ben Forta teaches the concepts, uses, and syntax of SQL in quick easy-to-digest lessons that make you wonder why other authors make learning so difficult. This is the first, and for many people the only, SQL book you should purchase.