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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
Poorly written disappointment

You get the impression that Larry Wall thinks he's one clever author. But his writing style get tedious really quickly and is mostly a waste of paper. Well, I do like the regular expression section, but other than that, I would say skip this book. I recommend the Learning Perl along with the Perl Cookbook.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Deborah S. Ray, Eric J. Ray
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful book

This book contains a lot of worthless material due to the fact that my job does not require knowing, such as the topics on the internet, e-mail, and installing UNIX software, but of course, for other users this stuff might be useful. The small bit of information that was useful has certainly made a large difference in my daily workings with UNIX, which more than compensates for the sections that were not useful. Such topics include the uses of the semicolon, piping, redirecting, and scripts. The book is easy to read, sells at a good price, and contains good reference appendixes.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The J2EE Tutorial
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stephanie Bodoff, Dale Green, Kim Haase, Eric Jendrock, Monica Pawlan, Beth Stearns
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Voluminous Standard Work

Voluminous Standard Work

"The J2EE tutorial" addresses readers with a certain level of preliminary knowledge of the Java Standard Edition and web application development. It does a remarkable job on covering the broad range of technologies, which lie under the hood of the J2EE 1.4 standard (JAXP, Servlets, JSP, JavaServer Faces, EJB, JAX-RPC/Webservices, JMS). Notwithstanding the quantity of subjects, the detail level is just fine for a good overview, while common issues are still being explained more in-depth.

The chapters are arranged in a logical order, and guide the reader from basic to more advanced topics. Writing style, lots of cross-links as well as a high number of source code examples improve readbility and comprehensibility. Highly recommend as one of the best "one-covers-all" J2EE books.

P.S. I refer to the second edition published in summer 2004.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Sims 2: University : Prima's Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Prima Games
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book - if you haven't purchased The Sims 2 guide

The University portion of this book is pretty informative and has information that you could not find elsewhere. I actually did purchase The Sims 2 guide, but the digital version (which is $9.99) so I decided to purchase this one as well. Now, I have the digital version and I can use that to easily search for information, or I could just flip through The Sims 2 - University book version as well and find what I need using that. I would rather prefer the print version because it is something that is physically in my hands, I can read it anywhere else; well, you get the point.

Anyhow, yes, it is a disappointment that Prima put the previous The Sims 2 guide in this one as well. Although, there is not much content that CAN cover the University version, and therefore this is probably the only option they have, short of having a really thin University guide (which actually might have been more effective, actually.)