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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: David James, Simon Russell, Graham H. Seibert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Compulsory reading for Oracle Fins clients

This book is has just the right mix of Application, Accounting , Business, Organizational and Technical information to make it extremely useful. For new and existing Oracle clients who have been on the training course and are wondering what next, this book and it's great contents definitely point the way to how everything fits together. There are important practical pointers as to what NOT to do and how your data flows will be. Anyone who has worked with the Apps product knows that getting to grips with all the parameters, specific Oracle Terminology and setup issues is half the battle. I have been in several countries across the globe and spoken to numerous users who have read this book who all find it has made the Oracle Fins picture a much more complete one for them. One user commented that this book would be excellent as a university course text book to explain how Accounting Systems work. A job well done by the authors to make the large and complex world of Oracle Fins look so simple in an easy to read and comprehensive book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book -- if you've programmed before

This book offers many examples of javascript used in web page design. The examples offer adequate comment regarding the code, and cover the majority of topics that someone unfamiliar with javascript could use in their own web pages. I found the examples of immediate practical value in enhancing my own web pages. I think this book is a must for those of us who have been stuck in the world of designing HTML-only web sites for too long!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Sets the stage for all information architects

This book will teach you some basics on how to most effectively present quantitative information using various sorts of graphs and charts. Afterwards you will know how and why you should get rid of chart junk (gridlines, tick marks, ornaments, etc.) or alternatively using some of the examples on bad design presented, you will see how to manipulate your audience using the "Lie Factor". Actually the advice given in this book could easily fit within just one piece of paper, but then: This book is simply beautiful. It is state of the art for printed books, you almost feel a passion for it. Mr. Tufte takes his own medicine: No words in this book are superfluous. Illustrations and examples are carefully selected and reprinted with the utmost care. It takes no more than some hours to read the book, but afterwards you can use more than just a few hours to study the examples of timeless graphic displays. The only reason why this book is short of five stars is the following: Mr. Tufte uses quite some space providing statistics about charts found in different publications (chart junk percentages, lie factor. Personally I find this information fairly irrelevant and would have preferred more examples of chart remakes. However this book is definately still a MUST have!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl Objects, References & Modules
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Fabulous Sequel to 'Learning Perl'

Merlyn (as Randal Schwartz is known in Perl circles) is a fantastic author, and has written some of the most influential books on Perl available. For this book, he teamed up with his buddy and co-worker Tom Phoenix, who is another Perl luminary.
Picking up where they left off with their book 'Learning Perl' Randal and Tom plunge ahead into more advanced topics in Perl, giving you the reader in-depth knowledge in how to take Perl from small projects into large.
The writing is humorous, and easy to read, the examples are top-notch, and the knowledge is spot on.
If you're already familiar with Perl, and you're looking to take the next step forward, this is the book for you.
Kudos to the authors.