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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid book


As the other reviewers have overwhelmingly suggested, this is a solid book. It dives into sufficient detail, but doesn't bog the reader down with useless technicalities. This book is readable and well organized, making it a great reference or learning manual, which are two entities that very rarely exist together. It provides examples to illustrate the respective topics and includes an exhaustive bibliography for those who crave something extra.
This book is a good buy.



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
Simple put - the best Perl book just got better!


This book is more comprehensive and even better than the 2nd edition. Why bother wasting time say more, this is the best Perl book yet! :)
PS: Wish other computer books are written as well as this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro Spring
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rob Harrop, Jan Machacek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quality work, but some features could be skipped


The book is excellent - especially in the breadth of the topics covered. It provides a through overview of the IoC/DI concepts, implementation of these concepts in Spring, and typical usages of DI ("why and when" as Rod Johnson puts it in the foreword).

My reservation is that this book is truly excellent if...you are new to the Spring world. For me after reading first two books by Rod Johnson ('J2EE Design and Development' and 'J2EE Development Without EJB'), reading online docs, and following Spring's mail lists for more than a year, it was difficult to find anything new.

Also, because it tries to cover every single feature of the Spring framework, not all topics covered with the same depth. For example, Spring's web MVC coverage is very brief - online docs on the www.springframework.org do a better job here. The chapter on iBatis is again excellent if you don't know what iBatis is and how it can be integrated with Spring. Because Spring essentially becomes a complete developer's replacement of the official J2EE, future books might benefit from narrowing down the topics to be discussed.

Quality of the text is good to excellent, especially compared to thousands of useless "printouts" of the official J2EE blueprints. It follows a good tradition established by Rod's books to give valuable and very practical advice and examples for typical situations, which are applicable in any application - with or without Spring, inside or outside of Java.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required reading


Q&A. Q: Do you want to be a *real* programmer ? A: Buy Code Complete