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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
This is a great book.


In spite of my current affinity for ColdFusion, I must say that Perl was my first love. This book was one of the first REAL programming books I read. O'Reilly has a great fix on Perl, and spared no expense in developing its library of Perl resources. This book is a great Perl desk reference that will get you out of most Perl jams.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book - Refer to it all the time


A great first or second .Net book. It gives a great overview of many of the .Net technologies.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You can't live without it - - - - if You are a ASP PRO!


This is the first book I ever bought when I just started programing in ASP. I didn't have much help from it when I was a newbie. I won't recommend it to NEW ASP programers, but when You know most things already and need to go deep in ASP and server configuration, You'll need this one. It might be a more recent version available from WROX though - go check for it. I bet it is as good as this one!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get this book even if you are a Java Architect


As far as I am aware this is the only book available on the application of design patterns specifically for Object design and is useful for Java architects as well as for its intended audience, C++ programmers. If you are having difficulty with this book then getting yourself a copy of Christoper Alexander's "A Pattern Language" is a good place to start looking at the concept of patterns and their application to Architectural models in the physical world. While many software designers and webdevelopers rave about "A Pattern Language" the worlds first book on Design "Permaculture a Designers manual" by Bill Mollison is even more universal in scope than "A Pattern Language". This is due to the fact that "Permaculture a Designers Manual" draws its design methods directly from observation of how natural systems work and from that, building integrated systems based on the concepts of Physics, Ecology, Hydrology etctera. The concept of Permaculture is the inspiration behind the concept of the worlds most innovative science thinktank "The Santa Fe institute", permaculture as a concept predates the "The Santa Fe institute" concept by over a decade. The chapters in "Permaculture a Designers manual" that cover, "concepts and themes of design", "methods of design" and a "pattern understanding" are worth their weight in gold. One design principle that stands out is the concept of one principle in particular which states that each single element of a design must perform at least two, but preferably more functions. Such designs based on this principle alone can give your object, site or application an extremely huge bang for you buck. If you are a designer and you wish to learn the "triggers" that facilitate good design then there are three books that you must have, "Design Patterns", "A Pattern Language" and "Permaculture a Designers Manual". Whether you are new to design or a professional in this field get these three books, read, "Permaculture a Designers Manual" first to get an overview of how to design models that are universal (ie; adaptable from one discipline to another, for example the principle of edge effects in ecology, used to build objects that foster community growth in a specific Online portal). read "A Pattern Language" second to get an overview of the psychological principles behind Architecture that makes sense to the user and enables them instead of disempowering them (For example the navigational structure for finding the subjects of this book gives an example on how to build a navigation structure for websites or software that makes it easy for the user to navigate to the exact subject that the user wants in just one click) After you have read these two books then read "Design Patterns" to find out how to design objects well and use it also as inspiration for designing Java Architecture. Read these books in the following order and you will have what many programmers beleive is the best selfpaced tutorial on design that you could possibly get. Unfortunatly at present there is no course that has these three all time design classics as the basis of its curriculum, only those who are aware of what the best designers use as their reference material, buy these books, as a result many lecturers are doing thier students a huge disservice. Newsflash; "Permaculture, a designers manual" is no longer for sale on Yahoo as of September of 2001, this book can only be obtained over the web through its publishers "Tagari.com.au".