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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Practical Common Lisp
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Peter Seibel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Outstanding Introduction to Common Lisp

This book is an outstanding introduction to Common Lisp and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in becoming a better programmer. Few experienced programmers would deny the benefits of learning a new language, but with the proliferation of languages that are near clones of others, those benefits are not always significant or obvious.

Not so with Common Lisp! Within the first quarter of Practical Common Lisp a reader is introduced to interactive development, code as data, dynamic variable scope, several function calling conventions, syntactic abstraction, and much more. True to the book title, these are tools that are useful in almost every program and their use is demonstrated with practical examples.

Finally, a word of warning: once your programming toolbox contains such a wide selection of tools, it is very hard to limit yourself to the handful that most languages provide.

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
Once youre beyond "Hello World"...

This book contains good examples and code which is very useful to solve your common problems. The way it organized (problem, solution then discussion)is simply superb.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent title

For Windows users this will be a great purchase and well worth it. For Mac users, I simply would like to say, "Quit whining." After all, hasn't the Mac and its associated products always been touted as having such a sophisticated user interface, no training or support was needed? As to whether this should have been included with the product, well, that would have been nice, but what software publisher includes anything but electronic docs anymore anyway?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robin Williams Design Workshop
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams, John Tollett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great learning experience

Basic design and typographic principles are taught in a title which is illustrated with hundreds of design examples and which clearly remarks on how designs may be effective or ineffective. From assessing before-and-after examples to considering different designs for business cards, advertising and web sites, Design Workshop provides a well-rounded foundation for beginners.