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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for programmers wanting to pick up Python


We were instructed to use python for a Junior level programming project at the University of Kansas. So, that gave us a semester in which to learn the language AND complete the project.
The first book I picked up was Learning Python, which although targeted more towards first-time programmers, didn't really meet my needs of a source that would provide rapid instruction. Python: Essential Ref to the rescue!
If you've programmed in other languages before, you probably don't really need 20 pages explaing the value of "control statements" or applications using "for" loops. Beazley's book lays down syntax, covers some of the more obscure "features" of the language, and gets you writing Python quickly.
Once we picked up the language, it was the only book we kept around because it also filled the role of reference manual. My one complaint in this area was that for some reason we happen to use a few of the modules that are not outlined in the book. They're included in the section "Undocumented Modules". This shouldn't get in your way too much, most of the excluded modules are either obsolete, too obscure, or too specialized.
Buy whatever books you feel like, or just save yourself the trouble and get this one.
BTW, although totally irrelevant, it also has one of the most convenient form factors. Important if you carry a lot of books around. :)
Oh, and we finished the project..... in case anyone was worried about me.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
reference for perl users....


I have both the first (perl 4) and second editions (perl 5) of the camel book. As a reference, it is the bible. This is why I'm never without it. But this assumed a degree of understanding with it. The previous version had sections of good, powerful, and even useful examples. Without these, I find this version lacking.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Start


This is a great book for anyone looking to start Java.
Goes at a pretty fast pace but does not lose you anywhere in the book.
The chapters also dont go on and on and on about the same thing, otherwise I wouldnt have been able to read it (ADHD).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kenneth R. Castleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best for Learning the Material


I used Ken Castleman's first edition in 1979 that same year to get a thorough and fast mastery of digital image processing. The book is highly recommended, because I feel that if a book is easy to read and gets the job done of educating the reader as quickly as possible, and it is actually a pleasure to go through, then it is a winner. This book is one of the rare technical books I can recommend this way. The price tag of 105 is hefty, but many books today are outlandishly priced. Even so, if the budget allows only one or two Digital Imaging texts, this would be one I would definitely pick.