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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
very disappointing!


this book sat on my "to read" list for months and i finally picked it up based on the strength of reviews here on Amazon. what a disappointment!! the world really doesn't need another book extolling the virtues of thorough upfront design and intense testing without any specific (or even vague) plans for overcoming the traditional difficulties in realizing both those objectives. yeah yeah we know, if we dont design enough up front, we will pay in the long term anyway. enough, already. i was hoping for some creative and interesting ideas and was utterly disappointed. this book is no more than a crude compilation of half-baked ideas from any number of other similar books.
if you're looking for something interesting, "the mythical man month" is a lot better, even though its dated. "inmates are running the asylum" by alan cooper is also great in that it creatively and productively challenges many of the old saws that books like "pragmatic programmer" trot out time and time again (i particularly like Cooper's rant against letting customers dictate design decisions and product paths).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
..a C programming book for PC back to the old DOS days...


I usually expect books on embedded programming uses either of these : Motorola, 8051, and PIC microcontroller. Guess what the author use in this book.. a 80186!!
I would rather say that is an antique processor,which is not suitable for modern embedded system. This book doesnt mention important features in embedded system such as keypad, LCD, push button, ADC ..etc At most, this is only a C programming book.

Even for that, this is not a good book on C. It only give some very brief introduction, there arent many detail code, no special tricks to make your C code to run more efficient. He author think ROM limitation is more critical than RAM in embedded system, which i definitely dont agree with. Did you see the term "C++" in the title? you expect it to use up big portion to elaborate on that? you wil be dissapointed, it merely uses a few pages to comment about the advantage/disavnatages of C++ (after reading, I still didnt know what is all about embedded C++).

To experienced programmer, this is never the book for you. To beginner, maybe this is easier to understand, but i really dont think this will help you in EMBEDDED C programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official SWiSHmax Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Donna L. Baker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
At Last


In 1999, a group of developers and engineers in Sydney, Australia, started a company called SwiSHzone.com. Their goal was to develop a piece of software using the SWF format that could be readily used, was easy to learn, and was affordable.

They accomplished this task so well that there are over 200,000 customers in over 120 countries. Now there is this book to go with the software. It is packed with basic instructions, techniques and expert guidance that will help you get the absolute most out of the software. As you would expect in a software "Bible" it includes everything from basic instruction to producing the final movie using every thing the software is capable of doing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A quick and painless way to learn the fundamentals of PERL


TEACH YOURSELF PERL IN 21 DAYS was the first book I bought on the Perl scripting language. While it has no claims above being an introduction to the material, it has got quite a lot of information packed into its 720 pages. I had no background in Perl at all (though I already knew several other CS languages and scripts), but with this book I had no trouble picking it up. I was able to learn a fair amount of knowledge in a short amount of time. The layout of the book is quite helpful and organized; people with no background in Computer Science can start from the beginning with no trouble, while those readers who already know most of the fundamentals can skip ahead to the later chapters.
This book will teach you almost everything you will need to know as a beginning Perl programmer. It starts with the basics (the ever-present "Hello World" example, operators, variables) and slowly moves to more in-depth topics (such as hashing, lists, strings, loops and subroutines) until finally getting to the harder stuff (file I/O, CGI scripting and references). TEACH YOURSELF PERL IN 21 DAYS won't give you everything that you will ever need to know, but it will definitely fill in almost all of the blanks that you need to know most of the time.
As a book for beginners, this book should have everything you're looking for. It also makes a fairly good reference guide once you've managed to establish yourself as a Perl programmer. I'd advise buying a second, more advanced book, once you're ready to move onto more sophisticated topics. But as an introduction, this book will cover practically everything you will need to know. Recommended.