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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Beginning Book

We generally buy this book (and previously Beginning Active Server Pages 2.0) for any new programmers starting on an ASP project. We have used it to train interns and veteran programmers-turned-web-developers alike and both have commented on it's excellent writing and thorough treatment of all relevant topics. The only problem that I have with the book is that some of the code samples tend cause the new developers to think that they should write code for larger projects similarly -- which could be quite a mess. Over all and as a reference, its great. But my suggestion for next time around: improve the code samples!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good resource for learning shells

This book is mainly for those that do not have or have little shell usage/programming experience. Although complex issues are covered, their brevity will leave you hanging. This book would be helpful for newbie UNIX admins.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Start me up!

I've been studying Perl for 1 year and I felt that something is missing. When I bought this book I figured out that Regular Expressions, Debugging and many other things was not that difficult. Buy this book and in 21 days become an expert in Perl.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
See the wood through the trees

Few books deserve to be read more than once. I'll read this book again and again. It gives a very good introduction on realizing the paradigm shift, from several viewpoints (UML modeling, the process of iterative development, patterns, ...) without getting lost in details. This book promised me the great picture, and I got it.