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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tools for Structured and Object-Oriented Design: An Introduction to Programming Logic, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Marilyn Bohl, Maria Rynn
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Elementary programming book -- overpriced

I was compelled to buy this book for a course that I have to take at a community college to allow me admission to courses that I want to take. Amazon.com describes the book as having over 400 pages. It does not. It has a little over 300 pages, it is paperback, and it costs over $70! If you have absolutely no concept of, or experience with programming, then this book will give you a firm foundation, but at too high a price. Otherwise, skip it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Spend 20 years programming C++, or read this one book

This little 1/2 inch thick book will change your life. It teaches you great habits and tells you what to avoid like the plague. EXTREMELY clear and to the point, the newest edition (2nd) covers (and uses extensively) all the new and great features of the final draft standard. Buy it right now!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great guide for those with NO experience

Except for some dabbling on the old Commodore 64 many many moons ago my programming experience is zap. This book has started me on the VB track. My husband who is a professional code cutter believes this book is excellent for those starting out.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, the book I've been looking for!

If you do not want to learn Perl in depth, but just solve every-day problems in a fast, easy and effective way, this is the book for you. The code samples are normally short and always give the answer, you looked for (or at least, a very useful hint). Very interesting are also the introductions to the main chapters.