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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Laura Lemay, Richard Colburn, Robert Kiesling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for learning perl.


While I am not personally familiar with David Till, the author of Sams Teach Yourself Perl5 in 21 Days, I've drawn many conclusions about the man, few of them complimentary. I borrowed the book from one of our web designers and decided to teach myself Perl. I have no previous programming experience per se, but I have six years experience working on the networking/maintenance side of computers, and have a decent knowledge of batch writing and OS's.
At first it seemed like a great book. My only original complaint was Till's writing, which is at best clumsy and at worst confusing. Still, I plowed through into the fifth day. There, the programming examples given begin to resemble the writing: clumsy, confusing, and -- what is poison for a coding manual -- illogical. One of his examples takes 100 calculations to generate 10 numbers, and fails to meet his own criteria. This broke my faith in the book, but I continued until I found two other programs given as answers that simply don't work.
That's unacceptable for a programming tutorial. I've switched to O'Reilly's Learning Perl, which is much better written and provides sound code. If you're just a beginner, learning how to program is hard enough without your tutorial working against you. Do not buy this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 2: A Library of Data Models for Specific Industries
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Also buy Volume 2!


This is an excellent companion to Volume 1 and well worth the cost for not only the book, but also the industry specific CDs. There is a separate CD for each industry specific data model, however it wouldn't take long for a person to buy just the book and end up spending more in man-hours trying to create the data model from the book, which isn't a very good use of your time. Buy the CD also.
My organization found this book a tremendous help on one of our projects. The time saved on just one project will more than pay for the book and CD.
This is not a how-to for data modeling, however I believe it should be purchased along with your how-to book if you are interested in learning
I know there are other universal data models available. However the others I've seen are either very simple, don't have a CD, and don't have near the content as these models, or they are unbelievably expensive.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
older, but still great


if you have any intention of getting into any aspect of networking/systems, then this book is a must read. if you already work in networking and you have not read this book twice, then you should take a leave-of-absence and READ IT.the writing is easy to follow, descriptive, and as the titlesays, illustrated. stevens shows you, using common unix tools,what is going on, at the protocol level. even if you aren't a unix user (why not???), the explanations are easily applied using windows-based tools.reading this book should be part of every basic (and advanced)course in networking/security/systems/etc.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE definitive guide for servlets and JSP


This book is excellent for those who want to get a firm understanding of servlets and JSP quickly. Don't let the quick part fool you. This book is no overview. It provides detailed coverage of both technologies, but it is so well written that anyone from the professional developer to the hobbyist should find it an easy read.
I am new to Java development and was recently given a project to take our current customer service system and convert it from a servlet based system to a servlet/JSP system. I bought this book based on the reviews and it was EXCELLENT.
Marty Hall starts you off with an in depth view of servlets and then gradually walks you into JSP. Although he is thorough with his information, he is never boring. I read the book from cover to cover and it provided me with an excellent foundation for learning servlet/JSP programming. It has also motivated to obtain a firmer grasp of the subject by continuing to read up on it. I have begun reading Fields' and Kolb's Web Development With JavaServer Pages (review forthcoming).
If you are new to servlets and JSP and want to get up to speed quickly, I would say this is the best book out there.