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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An ASP foundation.

A well written and structured book. Covering the essentials with great sense, this book is highly readable. I'd been learning ASP from various online sources, but didn't understand some of the fundamentals. This book presents the fundamentals very well, for a programmer or non-programmer.
The only pitfalls are that there is a noticeable degree of repetition, whilst it is obviously intentional, it is a little frustrating, when the information being repeated is just one page back. Personally I would like to see more usable examples along the way, whilst the "bonus projects" are working applications, tieing the various chapters together in the form of examples throughout the book would be an extra bonus.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Stuff for an intro

Coming from a computer science background, and knowing how notorious computer programmers are for "documentation" I was expecting to negotiate thru this book to learn the language. However, the book is pretty simple and easy to use, and no computer science background is really necessary, except exposure to Unix, which is probably the environment you're working in anyway, but the tips and tricks are mostly platform-independent(i.e. should work just as well in Win95/WinNT) and the new chapter on cgi programming is a very useful for basic web development. Great buy!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Oracle9i DBA Fundamentals I Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Biju Thomas, Bob Bryla
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very useful. Passed first time.

I purchased this book and downloaded Oracle 9i from the Oracle web site. I spent less than 40 hours reading the book, doing the practice questions and playing around with Oracle and I passed the exam with a 47/60. It's not the greatest of passing margins but considering I haven't had any prior experience or training with Oracle (I have had one year of experience with MS SQL Server 2000) and it took less than 40 hours of my time to prepare for it, I would say the book did its job well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential USB Resource

Jan's book, USB Complete, is an essential resource to study to gain an understanding of the Universal Serial Bus. The book covers the major topics of general USB operation, as well as the implementation of USB in a Personal Computer host, and the design of USB peripherals. The book should be used as a key development tool to implement a USB design.
Jan provides source code examples of interfacing to a USB device, using a slow step-by-step approach to make it easier to grasp the often obscure details of the Windows USB API. The examples are presented simultaneously in Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C. The examples are not a rehashing of USB API documentation, but a clear presentation of code born from actual development efforts.
Frankly there is no single source of USB information presented in a way that is easier to read and comprehend.