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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
WOW!


i started out knowing a little bit of C, and no perl, at the end of a week (ok, it didn't take me 21 days... sue me), i was fluent enough to get a job as a perl programmer. This is among the best programming books i have ever read. DOWN WITH THE DUMMIES!



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
Good stuff. Great author.


The first book which I bought to try to learn Perl was a needlessly high hurdle to jump: Programming Perl, by Larry Wall (the inventor of the language). While I wouldn't go so far as to regret the purchase, Wall seems more interested in demonstrating whatever cute, obscure trick jumps into his mind at the moment, than in giving the reader a systematic grounding in the language. It isn't what one new to Perl needs-- especially being, as it is, a language with so many inelegancies and side-effects.
Then I bought and studied this book by Till, whose patient pedagogy allowed me to find my feet. I think, in fact, that Till is too humble. If one really sat at the computer and concentrated on the book for several hours a day, as he plans, one could learn what he teaches in no more than seven days. In my experience, it is also practical as a reference later, within the scope of the basic topics covered. Of course it is not exhaustive; but holding that against it is about like criticizing Euclid for not discussing calculus.
Now I can go back to Wall's book with some hope of appreciating what he says this time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL/400 Developer's Guide
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Paul Conte, Mike Cravitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good practical book to learn SQL on iSeries


This book was just what I needed. I'm an RPG programmer who has to learn SQL for a new application we're developing. Found most of what I needed here.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
So interesting


Mitnick writes a very interesting book.

Sometimes a bit melodramatic, but an instant classic of a security title.