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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Something for everyone

There is something for everyone here. If you are a beginner, you owe it to yourself to read through this book until you get it. The opening chapter is as good an intro to the TSQL language as I've found. If you're an amateur, you'll want to read through this to get on the road to becoming an expert. There's enough code here to earn your Phd in TSQL programming. And if you're an expert, you'll want to research and study this book and the insights it shares. You will not find better TSQL coding techniques and explanations anywhere. This book will take you to the next level into the realm of the gurus.

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
Not longer than 21 days to get it! Really good for beginners

I've been studying Perl for 1 year and I felt that something is missing. When I bought this book I figured out that Regular Expressions, Debugging and many other things was not that difficult. Buy this book and in 21 days become an expert in Perl.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2002 Bible BK+CD
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book from the Access Experts!!!!!

Back in 1999 I purchased the Access 97 Bible to help me computerize my employer's auditing system into and Access database. The book was great I completed my task with such ease thanks to the book.
Mr. Prague and Mr. Irwin continue with the great tradition of producing great access books. The Access 2002 Bible is a great book I've learned such a great deal more after reading the book I highly recommend the Access 2002 Bible, from beginner's to expert there is something to learn for everyone.
Keep up the great work Mr. Prague and Mr. Irwin.!!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Probably not the best book for advanced perl programming.

I bought this book for two reasons.
First, I wanted to get it because I didnt have it and I own the rest of the oreilly perl books. For this purposes, the book is excellent. It definitely rounds out a collection.
Second, I wanted to write some complex data storage and data parsing algorithms. I was going to be using complex data structures, and I was going to need efficient algorithms. Furthermore, I was going to need to implement some C code because parts of the task involved legacy code.
This book provided sort of indirect hints into what might be a good idea. However, as a whole, it is one of the least useful of my perl books.
I think that most people who are going to be able to understand this book arent going to need it for 75% of the tasks theyre going to be embarking on. Something like Mastering Algorithms With Perl and, to a lesser extent, Mastering Regular Expressions, would definitely be more useful.
Advanced Perl Programming contains one section that none of the other perl books out there contain -- a section on embedding C in perl and perl in C. This is something I found absolutely necessary, and this book was the only real source of that information. However, the examples and code provided are all but useless. Furthermore, the Inline:: group of modules for perl... make almost all the examples and code in this book obsolete.
To sum this up in two sentences: This book does not provide anything that you cannot glean from perldoc with equal efficiency or retention. This book provides examples and instruction that are largely obsolete or better provided by other books.