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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
With O'Reilly, you can't go wrong


This was the first book I purchased on PERL, and it gave me a rapid introduction to a great programming language. I thought that the examples were usefull, and that the book was clear and covered the basics. However, I would stress that by itself, this book is almost useless, as it fails to cover many features that you need to write a programme that is usefull in the real world. I quickly moved onto the Programming Perl book from O'Reily which complements this book perfectly, and also the Advanced Perl book. This book really works best as part of the set of PERL books from O'Reily, and I therefore recommend that you get this book realising that if you find perl to be usefull, you are going to need the others.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
O'Reilly Rules


If you've been afraid of diving into the depths of DNS, maybe because your readings through a few RFC documents proved fruitless, then fear no more.
In the first few chapter your taught how DNS servers work, sparing no detail. Concepts like negative-caching, recursive resolution, and inverse queries are explained and demonstrated with great examples and graphs. The chapters on configuring and managing BIND almost make things look too simple and easy. This is also a great book to learn how to use tools like 'nslookup' and 'dig'.
When it comes to the world of DNS records it's hard to find authoritative answers to questions, besides a few sites like Mr.DNS, the authors of this book recognized that need and sought to help fill the gap of knowledge.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent C#/.NET Book


I was informed by my manager to purchase a C# book, and I set out to do some research as to which book would fit my needs. I stumbled on this title as one recommended instead of another that was reviewed here on Amazon.com Based on the reviews posted for this book, I decided to purchase it. The positive reviews for this book are well-founded.
One of the very first things I noticed about this book is that it has a sticker on it that says that online updates for the final version of .NET are available. I went to the site and downloaded the list of changes to the book. The list was actually fairly short and the changes straightforward. I regard this as a good sign.
The book is well laid out and clear, the first 130+ pages dedicated to fundamental concepts and structures of C#. A 70-page introduction to OOP, in the context of C#, follows. The next few chapters deal with advanced topics including container classes and threads. Next the reader is launched into more graphically-oriented topics. Finally, the topics move into such as object serialization, database access, and web-centric subjects. The progression from subject to subject is logical and smooth, and each section is written clearly so as not to leave the reader in the dark and each presented after its prerequisites.
Example code in this book is clear, concise, and explained. The source to the examples is *not* included with the book, but is available readily for download.
This book is a great start into C# and .NET. It is *not* comprehensive, but it covers most of the important topics that get used regularly. Seriously consider this title when investigating C# and/or .NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Visually HTML
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Ruth Maran
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hypertext Markup Language


This books is excellent for the beginner. Very simple in text and the examples are great. This book follows the Visual style.