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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference Manual


Although not a typical perl language reference manual, this book goes further and shows you how to solve many solutions to common tasks. It will not teach you the language but it will take you a step above almost any level. I've been using it for over a year and it's still the most common perl reference guide I use. The problems it describes are ones I face extremelly often and instead of trying to figure them out myself I can simply look them up in this book and it will explain them thoroughly with lots of sample code.
My only complaints are that it has some errors in the sample code which require some modifying and it relies too much on modules. Personally I like knowing the bare code instead of relying too much on modules but it's a minor note.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good over-all


It is refreshing to find so much good practical advice in one place. Although I knew most of this stuff already, I consider my money and time well-spent on this book. I do not agree with some other reviewers that only beginners will benefit from this book; beginners will benefit the most, but every programmer should read it. This is just about the only microsoft product that I respect.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wow, and Excellent!!!


I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this title. I have read many books over the last couple years that attempt to address the material covered in this book, but none of them pull it off like this one does. This book will be imitated by many over the next few years. Let me just start this review by saying that I think this is a great book, and worthy of the attention of all parties that design or interact with web design in some capacity.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to web design/development, in essence - the chicken or the egg problem. Do you let the graphics gurus or the programming gurus lead your web efforts. In either case, both types of subject matter experts will be required to successfully deploy complex ventures, but depending on the timing and involvement of each will impact the way your final product looks and behaves to a huge degree. Web ReDesign | Workflow that Works is a text that discusses primarily design and thus takes the approach of a graphics artist leading the web design/development effort.
This book is a great help to me in understanding why architects with a graphics background want to do things the way they do. The primary crux of this text is timing and planning your web site redesign in a way as to save time and money, while making as few mistakes as possible. What a great idea! Well, in a perfect world possible, other wise the authors provide some tools that have recently helped them with trouble clients and various other project bottle necks. On pages 18 and 19 the workflow that this book is modeled on is defined; these two pages alone are worth the price of this book.
In all, don't expect to learn how to plan the development of complex web based applications, but rather expect to learn what steps are involved in the graphical redesign of complex web sites. Also, throughout the book there are smatterings of great information that is related to the topics being covered that are written by various contributors. Again, great information. I think that along with a few years of experience, this book can turn good web site designers into great designers.
Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
(Francisco Valladolid ficovh@yahoo.com) desde Pinotepa Oax.


This book is OK if all you're looking for is a brief introduction to some of the more commonly used parts of the Win32 API.
If you want more detail, you'll have to go elsewhere. "Where?" is a good question. I'm still looking for a book that covers Win32 GUI programming in any significant depth.
This book shows you the simplest and most common ways to use the Win32 API but if you want to know more (like, what are the meaning of all of those flags that you can pass to the functions but that this book talks nothing about?), you're best bet is probably the documentation which comes with your win32 compiler (like MSVC++).