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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
buy this book for your fireplace

My fellow programmers and I agree, this guy is cocky and he lets you know how much of a big shot he is throughout this book. Yeah sure he invented the language, that doesn't neccesarily mean he knows jack squat about writing helpful examples or putting coherent topics together. The Eskimos here know more about C++!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

I have almost all of the O'Reilly Perl books, and they're all fairly complete -- but it would be impossible to be complete in one of those books when it comes to Regular Expressions. This text is a must-have for anyone using Perl or even object-oriented JavaScript, as it covers regular expressions in exhausting detail. If it isn't covered in this book it doesn't exist!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft(r) Small Business Server 2000 Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No Substance!

This book has no substance at all. It lists features but explains just about nothing you may be trying to research. The book feels like a collection of headlines (including oversize fonts to fill the pages). Whenever you think you may be approaching an answer, it refers to the ominous "technology consultant". Even Microsoft's sales literature is significantly more useful than this "Resource Kit". Don't buy it even if you can't find anything else. At a minimum, make sure your book seller has a no-questions-asked return policy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Streaming Media Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Steve Mack, Steve Mack
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To Read This Book is to Understand Streaming

I teach a course on streaming media and this is the book I recommend to all my students. Why? Because it is the most lucid and comprehensive treatment of the topic I have ever found. Like most, I began my education in network broadcasting on the web. I figured that with the evolving nature of streaming players and encoders and codecs, that the internet was all I'd need to stay on top of things. Well, needless to say, I gathered what can best be described as a "neutron cloud" of information, but no structure to organize my knowledge and give it context. Suffice it to say that this book provides the KNOWLEDGE and the STRUCTURE...the HOWs and the WHYs of streaming media. It's deeply informative, yet easy to read and understand. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to establish themselves in the field of streaming media, or anyone who just wants to produce better online audio or video.