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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Guidance for good design and critical thinking


If you need to exalt form over content, this is not the book for you. But if you want to communicate numbers clearly and effectively, here is a trove of ideas.
Tufte shows dozens of examples of both terrific and horrible design, and gives sensible criteria for assessing our numerical tables, charts, and diagrams. I find myself instinctively applying his rules whenever I look at a newspaper graph, and shuddering whenever a spreadsheet automatically generates his despised "chartjunk."



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
The Definitive Reference


A great mix of practical examples, complete reference, and humor, this books is truly excellent. With this book alone, I learned enough Perl in a week to write very complex scripts. I am confident that anyone with a solid knowledge of structured languages could easily do so as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book for web programming


It is a all-in-one book that contains four main parts in content, they are HTML, CGI, Java and JavaScript. I read through all of the pages. I would think that the author does a good job on HTML part. He explains this part in details from fundamental things. If you want to get more information about DHTML and XML, this book is not for you. I am happy I can read the parts of HTML, CGI and Java. However, in the part of JavaScript, it cannot give me more materials, and lack of examples. Anyway, if I can, I would give it 4.5 stars. It is a good book and worth the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent book for newbies.


This book is organized in an extremely useful way. Each chapter contains excercises, explanations and quizes to tackle discreet skills in PERL, with deeper material added at the end of each chapter for those who have already had some programming experience. As a beginner, I found the book very instructive. I felt completely confortable with the pace and scope of the book.
On occasion the book assumes a working knowledge of C or C++ in some of its descriptions or comparisons. This is great for those who know C, but I found it frustrating. Other than that caveat, this is the first teach-yourself-how book that I was truly geared for how I learn.