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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sed & awk (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great introduction, mediocre reference


I was very interested in learning sed and awk, and so picked up this book. Like most O'Reilly titles, it is an excellent piece of work. I learned a great deal and was able to get started and pump out some useful code after spending some time with this book. However, I soon found that when it came to tackling some very difficult tasks with sed and awk, this book didn't seem to serve me very well as a reference. I have a feeling that sed and awk are not the sort of thing that one could learn with just one book; there are so many applications for these tools that one must choose what one wishes to do, and find the right books to supplement this excellent text.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy it!


I first came in contact with Mark Minasi's work in 1992 while working with the State of Texas. He produced a training manual on PC hardware support that was required reading. To be concise, since reading that book I buy any book he authors if it relates to a topic I'm working with! If I need a reference and his name is on it, I buy it ASAP.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Better than K&R (is that posible ?)


This book may actually be better than K&R. They share the same style in that explinations of language features are done in the context of great and useful code. for{} loops used to implement an integer power function (3-7 X faster than pow(), integer powers only), and optimized shell sort two pages later. The list goes on and on. It amazes me how much better really great books are than average books. I have been programming in C about 10 years now, didn't really need another C book and bought it just for library completeness. In spite of this I STILL love this book and feel very lucky to have found it. After chasing MicroSlop's alphabet soup around (MFC, ATL, BaseCtl, blah, blah ad nauseum...) I didn't think I'd ever be WOW'ed by a plain old C book again, but WOW, this is a really great book. It demonstrates all over again that as simple a language as C is, you can do anything in it if you are creative and insightfull. An amazing and wonderfull book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
FINALLY, A GREAT JAVA BOOK COVERING JDK1.3 & CURRENT INFO!


EXCELLENT BOOK!
This is a new edition published in September 2000. It is a completely revised, updated and expanded version which covers the latest features of Java 2 including JDK 1.3. I found the Swing classes covered very systematically in the 4 chapters and particularly easy to understand. The book covers the Swing classes which are part of the JFC (Java Foundation Classes library) for adding graphical user interface. The information in Appendix is specially useful, informative and clear. The author seems to have taken special efforts to make us understand setting up of the PC for Classpath and Path, often a source of trouble if not understood and set up properly. The examples in the book are presented in a clear precise manner unlike in many other books on the subject which leave a lot to guess in the absence of supporting comments.
Coverage of JavaBeans, RMIs and digitally signed applets is impressive.
Overall, I would rate this book one of the best and a great value for your money!
Vasant L. Abhyanker, IT Premier, email: itpremier@hotmail.com