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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Authors: John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Whether we like it or not....Gamers are taking over!

If you are in business, especially if you are over 40, this is a must read book to gain an understanding of one of the factors shaping the next generation of workers. I am one of the ones who "dismiss" the game players, even the one in my own house, without ever really thinking about the impact of gaming on the development and attitudes of the younger generation. Why didn't I notice this, even though my son plays for hours a day? Of course it is having an influence! Got Game lays all the facts out there for you, with data backing up their research, on just how much of an influence growing up playing games has on an individual. It also tells you how gamers think and what their natural expectations are of the world around them. If we as managers do not understand the people working for us, not only will we not tap into their amazing potential but we will also lose out when they take their business else where due to dissatisfaction. This is a serious business book about an important topic, but Beck and Wade present it in an easy to understand and enjoyable manner. I would recommend this book even if you are not in business, because gamers are all around us and they are not going away!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
You'll love Python

I debated whether I should write seven pages, footnoted, indexed, and full of examples on why you should not buy this book and choose to seek another source for learning Python. But if you're the type who would actually make it through all that to get to the main point, you might actually LIKE "Learning Python". I'd rather save you, the save-able, from experiencing the same pain that I am going through right now. So here is my one-word review: "Excruciating". I hope this has been helpful. By the way, Python is fantastic and is ironically everything that this book is not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical C Programming, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steve Oualline
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Explainations of Key C Concepts

This book provides excellent and clear explanations of three key C programming concepts: pointers, bit manipulation, and structures. If you are new to C programming, and do not know anything about these three concepts, you will after reading this book. Or if, as in my case, you are knowledgeable in C programming, this book is an excellent reference when you forget some of the syntax and constructs of pointers, bits, and structures.
If you are an expert programmer and already know everything there is to know about pointers etc., this book will show you nothing new. On the same token, if you are starting from the very beginning and know nothing about C, you would probably be better served with a beginning book.
If you have been through the "Hello, World" programs, are starting to deal with functions and variables, then this book will round you out and turn you into a skilled programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good, step-by-step guide

To help me setup an accounting system on a PostgreSQL database, I purchased two books: I found that PostgreSQL Essential Reference answered 10% of my questions, and Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL answered 90% of my questions. Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL provided good step-by-step information that enabled me to get the application up and running with minimum frustration.