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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oracle PL/SQL 101 BY: Christopher Allen

JOB WELL DONE Mr. Christopher Allen!! This is the MOST helpful book to me on Oracle Pl/ SQL that I have ever seen in Silicon Valley area! I have spent many months browsing and buying books on Oracle from almost all bookstores in the bay area, but this book is the only one that helped me. I am very thankful for that. Abdullahi Koshin from Oakland, CA

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy Reading

I am a web graphics designer who likes to learn more than simply designing web pages. I am good at Flash but want to learn some scripting and programming. I enjoy this book very much because the examples work and the authors are very patient in explaining their ideas.
I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn ActionScripting with Flash.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gonzo Learning

This book almost immediately moves to the full essence of Perl programming. Thereby violating all rules of "good writing." The start is VERY difficult to understand. But I stuck to it and read it over and over again, carefully. When I finally understood the first chapter, I understood Perl. Learning the rest was mostly details. So this "immersion" style worked, at least for me. The later editions do not begin this way, so my review applies only to the first edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very informative, but disorganized

This book is a fine choice for a 3rd or 4th C++ text in an experienced professional's library. For an audience already well acquainted with C++ and object-oriented programming the presentations are clear, the examples are realistic, and the recommended techniques are generally enlightened.
However this book is no "primer". The strange sequence of topics will confuse the C++ neophyte. Vitally important basic OOP concepts like inheritance are put off for over 800 pages, while highly specialized advanced notions such as certain STL containers and algorithms appear near the beginning, often with insufficient explanation.