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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Reference for HTML out there


If I could have given this book 6 stars, I would have. This is by far the best book on the subject matter. Not for use with GUI type programming of web pages, but for the serious programmer who still knows what a 'tag' is.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Reference Book and Good for Learning too


"Programming Perl" is absolutely one of the best books on programming I've ever read. It is excellent for learning the language and it is a decent reference book too. If you need to use Perl, this is the book to get



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g SQL (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Jason Price, Jason Price, McGraw-Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book on SQL


This is the best book on SQL I've found. It has everything I needed: it teaches Oracle from the ground up. I didn't know SQL or PL/SQL before buying this book, and now I'm an expert! I even understood the advanced chapters. I give this book full marks and highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good "mini-textbook" for beginners


Unlike other Peachpit Press Visual Quickstart Guides, this is a VERY weak coverage of the topic, which will leave most buyers wanting. Typical of the lack of content is the description of how to do loops. "The kind of loops used in this book is the for loop..." No other types of loops are even mentioned. Does JavaScript provide while loops or until loops - or even the dreaded infinite loop? You'll have to look elsewhere to find out. The part on defining functions says you usually use an event handler to call a function, and gives no hint of other uses for functions - and this is also the only treatment of event handlers! It's true that you can call a function from an event handler, but often you use functions in calculations of values or in the logic of if statements. These more normal uses of functions are only treated in this book by use in the example scripts. You have to discover them for yourself. Event handlers are presented as if the only thing you can do is call a function. Can you also put code right in the handler? You won't find the answer in this book.
If you're looking for a few useful but trivial scripts, this book is an awfully expensive way to get them. If you're after a decent language reference book, this definitely isn't it. Save your money.