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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAP BW Reporting Made Easy, 2.0B/2.1C
Publisher: Johnson Printing Service
Authors: SAP Labs Inc. Simplification Group, SAP Labs Inc. Simplification Group
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but not the best one

First time I have read it in electronical form. Than I have decided to buy it in paper form. It is basic book, guide for reports creators and BW administrators. But it is only the basis, I have to get some others manuals from SAP web page to have possibility for effective work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Pretty Bad

After getting hoodwinked into thinking this was a SOFTWARE PROGRAM to help you learn how to write perl, I tried reading it. (I couldn't return the book-- it was packaged as software and had already been opened)
I am a technical writer by trade. Please, Mr. Till. Hire me! Hire someone! You're probably a good programmer, but you know nothing about approaching the subject from the beginner's side.
The Introductory chapter discusses headers-- a topic WAY too advanced to start with for the kind of user this book supposes to teach. (Should be included in the book, just not so soon.)
I've found the O'Reilly books (Programming Perl and Learning Perl) to be good material if you already know the language, but they don't offer a beginner's approach. Fortunately, they don't pretend to be beginner's books, as this mess did.
Overall, a pretty poor book, really messed-up packaging/marketing. Turned me off of Sams' books for a while, at least.

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
Excellent book; highly recommended beginner to intermediate

I knew nothing about Perl; this book is well constructed and the author's sense of humor makes a somewhat serious subject, pleasant to read. My next book will be "Programming Perl" by Larry Wall which is heavily quoted in this book. Unless you are already very familiar with Perl you can't go wrong with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book...

For years I'd gotten by with learning/copying JavaScript from existing websites, and used "JavaScript for the World Wide Web visual Quickstart guide" as my meager handbook. I finally decided to get serious about it.

Paul Wilton's book is very well-written and easy to follow. Even skimming the stuff I thought I knew I'd find cool new things I'd never heard of.

As a bonus, his section on Regular Expressions, another topic I'd found difficult for years, is a real eye-opener. He goes through the RegExp thought process step by step, gradully revealing more powerful options, with useful examples. I'm finally going to USE Regular Expressions! And I'm not the only one who found this enlightening. Wilton was hired to cover Regular Expressions in a few other books as well.

In short, I doubt I'll ever need another JavaScript book, and this was money well spent.