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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Tisdall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Start

I am a biologist who has written 'Hello World' in innumerable programing languages and progressed no further. No matter how many different books I buy and put on my shelf I still haven't learned to program. After removing this book from the Perl section of my shelf and spending two days with it I wrote a script that turns an amino acid sequence into a degenerate oligo (DNA) and prints its reverse compliment. Certainly not bioinformatics but I impressed myself. This was because simple things that any programmer would know, but I do not, are explained in detail. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Because of this book I am confident that I will now be able to do many of the simple sequence manipulations my current projects require. However and but. A cusory glance at the innards of 'Programming Perl' is enough to show just how much more their is to Perl.
The title is not misleading but it could have been 'Beginning Perl for Beginning Bioinformatics'. Ain't no Hidden Markov models here.
Five stars this time but next time their better be MORE in the same style.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Right kind of material

I read this book after losing tonnes of money in the bubble. This was AFTER the fact. However this book revealed so many layers of professional trading to me that I was surprised. It was a revelation. I have read many many other books afterwards but even then Gary's book was my FIRST (very much like first love), and I highly recommend it.
Though I will say that much of the material is not original. Most of the indicators are taken from somewhere else, and Gary has provided appropriate references as well. Beauty lies in summarizing and presentation of the indicators that will save you invaluable time taken to read numerous other books.
Gary is a perma-bull. That is somewhat surprising, as that will not be "trading" at all. Nevertheless, the indicators outlined in this book will keep you in sync with the market. Sometimes it is very difficult to remember all this information, though this stuff really WORKS.
This is one level above trite technical analysis.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing information, the successor to [Gang of Four]

The book is divided pretty well, the first portion of the book is a concise overview of the thinking behind most of the patterns presented later in the book, so if you don't want to read the technical details of every single pattern, the first portion of the book is a great way to get some hints as to which patterns might fit your needs. The remainder of the book focuses on the pros and cons of each approach as well as sample implementations to give you more concrete guidence on implementing the patterns (topics covered by the patterns cover a wide range of areas mostly dealing with table and object approaches for passing data, concurrency issues, and presentation layer implementations).
Most Enterprise developers have probably used at least few of these patterns for projects they have worked on, but it is nice to have a list of pros and cons of each pattern as well as additional alternatives that you might not have encountered or had a chance to implement.
This book is a must have for developers that are new to Enterprise Architecture. Advanced developers probably will not be shocked by any new / exciting revelations, but will still find the book to be a worthwhile read and a source of sound guidance.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: John Kauffman, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati, Brian Matsik, Eric N. Mintz, Jan D. Narkiewicz, Kent Tegels, Donald Xie, John West, Jesudas Chinnathampi, James Greenwood
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best for beginners

This book is good for people who have minimal experience with VB.NET and ASP.NET. It's very easy to read and understand and find what you need. With little background of VB.NET and ASP.NET, you will be able to write your first database driven web applications. This book is good as a starting point on the subject matter. The book goes through the items in short simple to understand paragraphs.
For experienced developers, you may want to skip the first two chapters. Chapter 2 gives an overview of realational database, how to use the database to retrieve and store the data. Chapter 3 covers methods for connecting to several different data source such as SQL Server, Excel, and XML. Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 have lots of examples in reading and displaying the data using Data Reader and Data Set objects. All the examples in the book use Data Grid control for displaying the data. Later in the book, it discusses ways of using the data grid control for creating,inserting, editing, and deleting records. I tried several of the examples in the book and they worked fine. That is one thing I have come to like about the WROX press books is their examples are very understandable and easy to learn from.
Also, the experienced developer who is interested in learning the subject matter may find many other sections in the book boring because they will go through material they already know. It would be very nice to see a book such as this that can cover the subject for people who are already experienced as developers.
This book is well written and has the information that a junior programmer can use on his/her first programming language and the VB.NET/ASP.NET fundamentals for the experienced programmer to get a first look. ---Reviewed by Michael S.