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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worthy Investment!

Scott explains the material with the voice of someone who knows (beyond a shadow of doubt) what he is talking about. He makes it obvious that he has seen almost every mistake a programmer might make and he offers insight to help avoid pitfalls. Learn about good and bad styles and ideas.
Perfect for students with a year or more C++ programming experience who want to take their skills to a deeper level. You should understand class concepts and things like operator overloading and inheritance before you really get the most from this book.
Be aware that there is a CD-ROM compilation of this book AND the sequel available for around....

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Reactions to this Book Tell You a Lot About the Reader

With so many good books out there on management and business there is no reason to read this boring book. The only advantage in reading it is that it rounds out the picture you get of Andy Grove by reading his first book, High Output Management, and Tim Jackson's book, Inside Intel. Grove is definately an interesting business figure, and unquestionably a top manager. However, you do not get any insights into him or his management style by reading this book. High Output Management is much better for this. In addition, I have no clearer idea about how to recognize strategic inflection points now than I did before I read the book. I don't think Grove does either, as proved by the way he handled the switch from manufacturing memory chip or the way he handled the floating point Pentium problem. Intel's recent troubles in dealing with low cost computers further underscores their inability to recognize strategic inflection points. What Grove and Intel are good at is ex! cellent organization and management, as well as being fierce and ruthless competitors. Tim Jackson describes this much better than Grove. If you want to read a good book on management, read Harold Geneen's classic "Managing". If you want to read a good book on someone who recogized strategic infection points, read Titan.
P.S. Grove's preoccupation with the comany's switch from making memory chips to microprocessors gets very old.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
new programmer

I feel this is a good book for a beginner programmer, one that is interested in having good examples, there is even a cgi programming chaper that is very useful. This is a good book for me, also, I have only used VBScript Programming before, well, also some BASIC in college... Perl seems great to me...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for beginners and those who like to take it easy!

We used this as a textbook. The first 7 chapters on SQL were great. The last 2 were rushed. You can't teach PL/SQL in 1 and a half chapters. 1 and a half to cover functions, procedures, variables, triggers, cursors, ODBC.
Based on the title the section on PL/SQL should have been longer than the one on SQL. Overall, very well written but more of a SQL book than PL/SQL.