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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: W. J. Gilmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To Put It Simply: A Very Well Written Book

Although I have a number of years experience as a programmer, I am very new to web programming, especially server-side scripting. Both my son and I are now learning PHP in order to expand our programming knowledge and to gain some web-automation experience. My son is the webmaster for the videa yearbook at his high school, and he was specifically interested in getting rid of some tedious web maintenance issues by converting at least a part of his site over to dynamic web pages using PHP.

I spent some time selecting a book on PHP to help us both in our ventures - always a tough choice, unless of course you have lots of money, and are willing to buy 10 books at random and then pick the best bits out of them all.

I read the reviews of this book here on Amazon, and based on the overall very positive response from other purchasers, I went ahead and picked up a copy.

One great pleasure I found with this book is that the writer takes the time to express himself in a very readable fashion, while still covering a lot of technical issues. I especially like the way the book is broken down into sections based on what you want to accomplish with PHP, rather than just being a linear list of its functions.

I have yet to deeply venture into the sections on integrating MySQL with PHP, but from the quick looks I have made at those chapters, they seem to be equally well written.

I highly recommend the book to anyone.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition with CD-ROM and Online Subscription
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Authors: Merriam-Webster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book, But...

This is a superlative book -- better, word for word, than any other dictionary.

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

The book was superb. I have never had any Popular Science book hold my attention in this way since reading George Gamow's One Two Three...Infinity.The author shows excellent knowledge about the subject matter, explains complicated mathematics and technology with patience and also with success, and combines the Scientific details with excellent story telling.The history of cryptography and cryptanalysis is fascinating and the author captures all the details with excellence. From the engineering intricacies of Enigma to the amazing story of the Navajo Cryptographers; from the complex mathematics of RSA to the details of the PGP; from the cypher of Mary Queen of Scots and the naive encryption of Julius Caeser to the futuristic description of the Quantum Computer; from the life of the multitalented minds like Charles Babbage and Wilfred Diffie to the stories of the unsolved cowboy ciphers promising unlimited riches....the book is a treat and a wealth of information. Compared to the drab, dry and utterly journalistic approach of the modern writers on popular science, this is a gem of its genre.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I was really impressed with Web Redesign: Workflow That Works mainly because it covers practical ways to manage projects. As an individual devleoper with a small firm, their suggestions and forms have proven to be exceptionally helpful.
It didn't go heavily into development or code but if I want that, I'll pick up a book on that subject. What the authors did do was convey simple, practical and infinately usable information on web site design projects.
I thank you and, no doubt, my clients thank you as well.