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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
A retrospective from a Unix user and casual programmer


I've been a Unix user for seven+ years, and have some programming experience, although I am by no means really knowledgable about either. When I entered my most recent job, I needed to learn Perl fast, and so I used this book to help me get started.
From a self-teaching perspective, I found this book to be exactly what I needed. I'll admit that the first chapter (a general description of the Perl language) was not very helpful, but I found the division of the rest of the book by small pieces of the syntax (scalars, arrays, hashes, regular functions, i/o, etc.) to suit my needs, which tended to be along the lines of: I need to do x right now. I learned the easy stuff really quickly, and I still use the book as a constant reference.
Now, it is just a beginner's text, so it is not an ideal complete reference, and you won't learn anything particularly nifty. However, if you need to both learn how to program and actually do some programming at the same time (i.e. not in a class-room setting), Learning Perl can be a wonderful text.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Joey Lott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect Companion for ASDG2


This book is clearly excellent, once you'll use the files from this book, you will never want to code a project in MX without them, so many usefull actionscript in one place, I just finished reading it from cover to cover.Even though Flash MX 2004 is out now, I still code all my projects in MX, so this book is really a must have; every subject is covered!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Authors: Michael Fleishman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Inspiration


If you get overwhelmed by the image you may have of what the life of a freelance illustrator is like, read this book. It is encouraging, while also being very practical. It tells you that you can start a career as a freelancer, but with a few practical IFs attached. Follow his advice and answer his questions honestly. Then ,if practical, take a deep breath, jump in and have a blast at FINALLY doing something with your life that you LOVE.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent resouce for the PMP certification.


One of the hardest things to do when preparing for the PMP exam is to choose the right study material. I literally spent weeks looking for something that would not bog me down or confuse me with useless and extraneous information. I read Mr. Crowe's book cover to cover in one sitting. The material is logically presented and the language used to describe the information is both interesting and engaging. The practice questions, and explanations of wrong answers, did very well in reinforcing the material. I have looked at several other people's material and this is by far the best. I would recommend it to anyone. I passed the PMP exam on my first try using this book - you can too.