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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Paul Clements, Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan, James Ivers, Reed Little, Robert Nord, Judith Stafford
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Quite skimpy


This is not a bad introductory documentation book, but quite skimpy in the amount of information and examples it contains.Not sure it is worth buying at that price. I bought it after reading the previous reviews - I think they overrated it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tales Of Symphonia: Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Dan Birlew, Phillip Marcus
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great guide, but could have been better


Pros:
- Detailed Walkthrough
- Info on all characters including titles, techs, Ex skills and more.
- Data on every single item, shop and enemy
- coverage on all the side quest

Cons:
- No maps
- some story spoilers



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book. Another breath of fresh air from O'Reilly.


I hold no formal degrees in Information Technology, and so my conceptual background in programming and systems is often somewhat lacking. This book is so clearly written that I am able to understand almost all of what the author is trying to convey, even though there are a few holes in my understanding of object theory and the like. Thank you, O'Reilly and David Flanagan. It is great that *somebody* out there is hiring authors who actually know how to write, and then giving them enough time to do good work. I only wish that half of the computer-related "Master C++ in 15 minutes" type books out there were anywhere near as good as this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best way to learn references


This is one of the four critical books you need to learn Perl; Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Perl Cookbook and Advanced Perl Programming. This book provides a deep understanding of how references (pointers) can be used to increase performance. In addition the book gives you a deeper understanding about how to make better use of hash tables as data structures. The section on code generation using templates is great as well.