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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
what a great reference

i keep this book close to my keyboard. i'm still learning perl, and everytime i've hit something that i don't know how to do yet i've found an answer in here. the table of contents is really detailed, so you can just find the area you're looking for, skim down, find the exact problem, and flip to the page. you'll have your answer in seconds. pair this with programming perl (which i still use mostly for the great listing of all the built in functions).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great quick reference guide.

This is a great little book to keep on your desk to check syntax, etc. I use mine very frequently. You can even carry it around with you if you work out of the office with a laptop.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An outstanding tour de force

This is an astounding book. It's technically very detailed but not *too* mathematical for us mere mortals. It's also enjoyable to read, which facilitates understanding of the subject.
If you're a programmer or have an interest in data security / privacy, then I strongly recommend that you buy this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK code book

This book is a joy to read. It contains a thorough chronological overview of the history of codemaking and codebreaking. Included are numerous exercises for the reader, not least of which is the 'code breaking challenge', which was solved last year but which is still very interesting to try. Singh is very good at writing this type of text, as was already demonstrated by his other book 'Fermats last theorem'. Both books succeed at popularizing the scientific enterprise, and demonstrate that it is possible to explain higher math to the layman.