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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Basic & Intermediate C# programming.

This is a great programming book by all standards. Though aimed at entry and intermediate level programers, it has a wealth of information that an advanced programmer can benefit from. I especially recommend this book for VB (VB.NET) developers wanting to switch to C#. The book is full of many great examples, tips, and dos and donts. The first 4 chapters are way too basic and may be skipped by anyone with some programming background.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# Network Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Richard Blum
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but...

I was always enthusiatic to read a good book on solid network programming which is also easy to understand. 'C# network programming' is a wonderful resource to understand many topics in socket programming. The C#.Net implementations are simple to understand. The book is well organized. Worth reading.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Video Poker: Optimum Play
Publisher: Conjelco
Authors: Dan Paymar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the best video poker book

As an avid and successful Video Poker player, and author of "Mastering Video Poker - a professional player's secrets revealed", I always like to take a look at the current state of video poker strategy guides. This book will teach you the basic whys and why nots of various plays. Lacking is any attention to the more advanced psychological aspects of training and playing, as well as how to truly take the casinos for all their worth in player perks, treatment, bonuses and general high-roller benefits.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Rambles on, Perl itself is tricky to use

This book is extremeley disorganized and confusing, much like the Perl language itself. The books is filled with clever puns which add nothing to the book except more pages. The internet owes much to Perl, but the language itself is very ad-hoc, filled with confusing and unnecessary symbols ($, $_, @, ->), has a terrible object model, and scales very poorly to larger programs. If you have any choice in the matter, choose Python instead, which is a far more elegant language (Books: Learning Python for beginners or Python in a Nutshell for more advanced user). If you must use Perl, there must be better books than this.