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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great hardcore, Bad basics


I do agree that this book is a must for anyone developing with the perl DBI. This book has shown me that it is an incredibly flexible module and made me think twice about recommending PHP when dealing with db functions. It covers everything from setting up the module to ODBC and SQL manipulation. There are also many things that are not mentioned in the documentation in here. I was frustrated with the lack of examples when it came to database manipulation though. It was not the purpose of this book to cover these areas in depth but to only spend a paragraph on things like the SQL JOIN functions is kind of dissapointing...anybody hear a book idea there?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book on C


This is absolutely the best book on the C language I've ever seen. The coverage is complete and detailed, the appendices accurarately and succinctly detail the ANSI standard C libraries. Basically, if you're writing C code, you need this book. It's displaced K&R on my desk as my C reference; it's easier to read and better organized.
Be forewarned, this is not a tutorial. It's aimed at someone who already knows the language, and needs a detailed description for those nagging questions you can't answer anyplace else.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for beginners--Intermediates will want more.


Overall a very good book for beginners (no HTML authoring experience at all). You can have a web page up and running in half an hour with this book. Plenty of advanced stuff for beginners, however anyone with a little HTML experience will want one of the "dictionaries" because this book was not designed to go into that depth.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firefox Hacks (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Nigel McFarlane
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for developers


Certainly an excellent resource for developers looking to extend Firefox and to create content for the browser. There is some material on the end user side of the browser, adding extensions, working the browser, cool sites to go to. But overall I find that there is more content in here for developers.

What's here is very well written and researched. Graphics are used well but not overused, as is the O'Reilly style. As with all of the Hacks books these recipes are teasers and don't offer comprehensive coverage.