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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Try `man DBI`

The only thing I learned from this book is what region in the UK where some popular megalyths are and how I should act while visiting them. (Which I why it got a 2 in stead of a 1)
Unless you want to learn more about megalyths, try `man DBI`

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
CC2 is a 'Must Have'

Code Complete, first edition, has long been regarded as ?The Bible? for software development. Dare I say, CC2 is even better than the original. It has been thoroughly updated to include OO, internet and web development, as well as new best practices such as test-first development, pair programming, and refactoring.

Steve McConnell provides a balanced, thoughtful discussion of competing approaches to software development. He also provides a wealth of references to additional materials covering specific topics in more detail. In a field that is often defined by religious arguments, CC2 stays objective on most topics. At the same time, McConnell does not shy away from stating his conclusions on topics that he believes have a clear-cut ?best choice?.

Overall, this book is as much of a ?must have? as the first edition and destined to become just as famous.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Error Control Systems for Digital Communication and Storage
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Stephen B. Wicker
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Well written by already outdated

Once you get past the (very necessary) finite field stuff you're hip deep in everything you ever wanted to know about codes - block codes, convolutional codes, binary, ternary, you name it.
I found the discussion of Reed-Solomon codes particularly good. So *that's* how they work!
Some new stuff missing (Turbo Codes), but that's always going to happen.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I got this book from a co-worker, who got it from another co-worker, who got it from a third coworker. None of like this book. No one wants the book back. Yes, we're all skilled users. None of us would be considered novice Office users. I intend to get rid of it. I think it's company property or I'd offer to give it away. The example I tried to follow, using a List Box, was incorrect. The references did follow the actual List Box properties. There were significant discrepancies. In short, the example could not work. So, keep looking. There must be something better out there.
If I find it I'll let you know.