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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hugh E. Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally a good PHP 4 (and MySQL 3) book!


I'm really happy I've got this book. I wasn't looking for a really advanced book, and this book met my needs.
It does a great job of the PHP 4 sessions library (it even includes how to store your session data in a MySQL database). It also covers lots of other PHP 4 specifics that are way beyond the depth in other popular books. The MySQL stuff is nice too...The winestore application that is explained through the book is pretty neat. It shows you how to build a real application that includes all of the common validation, sessions, and shopping cart tricks. I found I could use their code directly in building an application I needed.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Integrated Circuits (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Jan M. Rabaey, Anantha Chandrakasan, Borivoje Nikolic
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


This book serves a a very good reference for Digital ICs, especially for CMOS physical design. The book is very well organized and is very clear. It has a good breadth covering topics from physical design issues to system-level logic design issues. Overall, a very useful book anytime.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good book for people who like C++ and want a good base.


If you want to have a strong foundation in C++ read this book. All major C++ concepts are explained in detail. This book will reduce the number of situations where you feel, "AHH!!! Why wont this code work, my syntax and logic is perfect", because it is crammed full of even the most minor (yet very important in some cases) information.If you are serious about C++ programming and want to start windows programming and/or game programming or any API/SDK programming this book is for you. However if you are not serious about programming with C++ find another book, because the author does go into detail on every topic. If you don't like C++ you may become bored.
P.S.I must warn you sometimes the authors coding style may be difficult for true beginners to understand. Don't let this sway you, just keep at it and reread the code and explanations several times.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not great for people unfamiliar with UNIX/C/awk


I found this book to be extremely easy and useful reading. I taught myself the basics of Perl using this book in only a few days and wrote a substantial program immediately afterwards. It is not, however, a great book unless one already has a certain familiarity with UNIX and scripting, like shell scripts or awk or ANSI C itself. This book has elevated me to a higher level but only I think because I was already at a point where I could take in the material. Even so, there may not be a better introductory level Perl book out there. It may merely take more than a few days to wade through the book.