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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book! Buy it if you are using C++.


This is probably the best book I've ever read on the subject - clear, consise, not boring. If you are using C++, read it - it's really worth the time you'll spend.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HP-UX 11i Systems Administration Handbook and Toolkit, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Poniatowski
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Look elsewhere, pl save your precious money


Let me begin by saying that this is the only book of its kind out there - kudos to Mr Poniatowski for that (Hint to other authors!!). What a waste of what could be a handy reference manual.
This book could be cut into half its size and weight. Firstly, the publisher used the heaviest grade of printing paper out there, so if you are looking for some exercise, try lifting this book above your head once a day. DISCLAIMER - This may cause severe injury, so please do it with a buddy around.
Secondly, the book is full of pages which, in the name of illustrating a command, show pages after pages of useless printouts, that can be avoided. For example, it shows hundreds of lines of printouts of the output of "history" command!! SImply abbreviating the output with a note that "... this will print all lines in your history file..." would have done! I can quote hundreds of such examples...
A lot of the book is filled with "man pages" but then that's probably a part of the package. This book is a combination of (1) man pages, (2) unix tips and tricks, and (3) specific HP command help. I think it fails to cover any of these 3 to satisfaction. Your money is better spent in buying these three topical books separately.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel Charts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach, John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


If your objective is to master the Charting feature of Excel, I bet that this book will exceed your expectations. Although most the material is advanced every user could benefit (The first Chapter offers a nice introduction to Excel Charts for novices). Knowledge of formulas and named formulas is necessary for certain examples in the second part of the book. You will be amazed of how many ways there are to customize and improve your charts, you will do things that you never thought possible in Excel. Excel's help file and other books in Excel will never give you the tricks and the work-arounds that you will learn from Walkenbach's book. Some of the most interesting Chart Techniques are : How to create combination Charts, how to Add a secondary axis, How to put several Charts on the same Chart Sheet. Scrolling charts, Self Expanding Charts. Adding Checkboxes to charts. Box plot and How to plot Mathematical Functions in Excel.I am sure that you will find many many more useful techniques.



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


This book will pick you up more or less where "Learning Perl" by Randall Shwarz & Tom Chrisiansen (another excellent Perl tutorial, but for beginners) has left you. Apart from that object-oriented thing, you will get a VERY clear understanding of not-so-easy-to-explain Perl topics that so many Perl books desperately lack. Nested data structures, references, anonymous arrays, hashes, subroutines, etc.,etc. - all that explained short and clear. Just 1 chapter of 14 is a reason good enough to buy this book.
The writing style of Mr.Conway (I mean English in the first place here) is worth to be mentioned explicitly. Well... you can read this book just to entertain yourself. If it won't make you laugh by the time you are done with the first chapter,there is something seriously wrong with you.
Right now I am a half-way through this book, most probably having a lot of interesting things yet to discover. Now I am writing most of my Perl code once. If I have to write it twice, I am considering writing a module :).
Just one wish (probably for the next edition): I think the book will be even more entertaining if you'd add exercises and answers to them (as in "Learning Perl"). For me, the problem was where and how to implement all that what I've learned from this book. Well, that was just in the beginning :).
A rare book is as good investment as this one. Thank you, Mr. Conway!