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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Debugging with GDB: The GNU Source-Level Debugger
Publisher: Free Software Foundation
Authors: Richard Stallman, Roland Pesch, Stan Shebs, Richard M. Stallman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
not really helpful

the book is not really helpful for a not so experienced gdb user in that it only is a printed version of the gdb man pages. all features of the gdb debugger are described extensively, but there are almost no heplful examples or answers to standard gdb user procedure within an intermediate or , at least, small project. learning about special complicated features may be useful for an advanced user but a bit more tutorial for a save and stable application debugging would be more helpful

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Modern RPG IV Language, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Mc Press
Authors: Robert Cozzi, Bob Cozzi
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good reference book but need to remove some errors

No doubt, Its a good reference book for developer. Author presented the subject with very usefull examples. But need to remove some errors from the book, e.g., *TIME referred as figurative constant(No such facility). *TERMSR is being referred as terminal subroutine like *INZSR(No such facility). etc.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Programming the Perl Way . . .

I was recently asked by a peer (a senior software engineer more at home with Java than Perl) my opinion of this book. After writing it I thought it suitable enough for framing:
"Hmm. Learning Perl and Programming Perl 3e both have roughtly the same information. However, the presentation in Learning Perl is a little more clear on some topics--and is more suitable for less experienced programmers. My recommendation is that you shy away from Learning Perl unless you find that Programming Perl 3e does not fulfill all your basic Perl needs."
This is to say that if you are reasonably technical and able to pick up on programming, Programming Perl is more suitable than Learning Perl. I have found both invaluable in my career, but looking back I realized that Programming Perl has been most helpful.
The authors of this book are the names in Perl. They are intimately familiar with the material and have had years of experience in finding the best way to present the material. I also suggest the Perl Cookbook, but it has enough recommendations on its own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Windows 2000 Device Driver Book: A Guide for Programmers (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Art Baker, Jerry Lozano
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Disappointing book.

I was disappointed by this book because it simply assumed you were a robot with Microsoft's DDK at hand. It was missing major information about the actual structure of the various kinds of device drivers and doesn't add much value beyond the chaos that is Microsoft documentation. Thumbs down.