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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The classic reference guide...


If you can only afford to get one book to help you with JavaScript coding, this would be the one to consider...
This book is a good mixture between raw reference material (Parts 3 - 6) and explanatory material to tell you how it all works together (Parts 1 - 2). While I don't think I'd want to try and learn JavaScript from scratch using this book, I'd definitely want it once I had learned how to do the basics. If you are learning JavaScript for the first time, perhaps O'Reilly's book Designing With JavaScript might be a good introduction into the topic.
Parts 1 and 2, while they look similar, present a complete look at JavaScript as used in web browsers. Part 1 tells you the how the language works, while part 2 tells you how it works within the framework of the web browser. Unless you understand how to manipulate the object model of the browser, you won't be able to harness the full value and power the JavaScript language in your web pages.
The reference sections of the book will quickly become bookmarked and dog-eared as you move forward. For each reference item, you have the method/property, a brief one line description, the earliest language level where it is first supported, whether it is deprecated or not, a synopsis of the syntax, the arguments to the method, a description of the method/property, an example (if applicable), any known bugs in the method/property, and a reference to any similar methods/properties that may relate to the item. Needless to say, a VERY complete set of information that you will come to rely on.
For a Notes/Domino developer, you will need a reference manual such as this. None of the Lotus/IBM documentation will cover the full depth of the language. This book will serve you well as you implement web applications with Domino. I would also suggest a book called Domino 5 Web Programming With XML, Java, and JavaScript by Randall Tamura. It will fill in some of the gaps as to how the DOM is implemented by Domino.
ConclusionThere's a reason why this book is in the fourth edition spanning 1996 through 2002. It gives you all the information you need to be effective with JavaScript. I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Verilog HDL Synthesis, A Practical Primer
Publisher: Star Galaxy Pub
Authors: Jayaram Bhasker, J. Bhasker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Synthesis Book...At Last


I write this review for two books: Verilog HDL Primer and Verilog HDL "SYNTEHSIS" Primer. Both books are primers, but serve the title very well. The books are straight to the point and do not "ramble" with grammar (ie. he tells you what it is you need to know and does not attempt to distract you). This is the book I use when I look for Verilog contructs for synthesis. The examples resemble closer to real world application including techniques in modeling digital systems. No comparison to the "other" Verilog text (Palnitkar). These two books complement one another. Another good verilog book is by Sternheim, but it is relatively expensive and hard to get.



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: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Start!


Being a novice to the Web Design area, I bought this book as step 2 in my quest to learn how to build web pages. I think this was worth well more than what I paid and I'm not finished using the book. I think I will definately hang on to this book for awhile. I am a slow learner when I'm learning on my own, but I had no problems following along with this book. Elizabeth Castro has offered a very promising book for those interested in building a web page from start to finish. For the price, why not give it a try?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Oracle SQL, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sanjay Mishra, Alan Beaulieu
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Value for the beginning DBA.


I found this book especially helpful because it was written so a beginning DBA can turn to a page and immediately make sense of what's written. I am a fledgling DBA working with large SQL-type databases in a high-pressure environment. This book provided interesting gotcha's and excellent tips and work-arounds that have been useful in debugging code real-time.
Written to encompass Oracle 10g, this book is a great addition to the manual and has helped me finesse my skills in writing queries, working with the built-in functions, and re-working some of the once-valuable strings that were abandoned after upgrading to a newer version.
Well worth the money - time well spent reading - and pays for itself after helping you out of the inevitable jam.