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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You have to read this book

Advanced Perl Programming is a kind of book which everyone have to read to undestand how Perl works. I learned a lot about how to improve my script's performance and lot new things about Perl. I using Perl to improve the Windows NT enviroment and now my scripts are more complex, usefull and better. This book are easy to understant complex subject like OOB, complex data structures and others. I advise !!!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Capability Maturity Model: Guidelines for Improving the Software Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Software Engineering Inst. Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A waste of time...

For any organization that is looking to adopt a methodology or improve it software development process, I would recommend against looking at CMM and this book.
An organization would be better served by looking at methodologies such as Rational's Objectory (now called Rational Unified Approach) and the corresponding books as it has been real world proven vs academia proven...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2000 Formulas
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Microsoft Excel 2000 Formulas

This is the only spreadsheet book I've ever purchased. I enjoyed the sections on pivot tables, solver, and especially the creation of surface charts. Having breezed through the book twice I feel fairly confident about creating some truly great spreadsheets.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing book, takes you WAY back

This book I read the summer before going to school to study video game programming and design. I loved the fact that it chronicles the card games and peg board games which led to the invention of the Pinball machine (a modification of the pegboard machine made illegal due to it's ties to the mob in NYC, with flippers it is no longer a game of chance)
Speaking about it with one of my professors, a producer at Xbox, he said that it was an okay book, but is the product of the whole "the victors are the ones who get to write the history books" - in other words, he thinks it is told from a one-sided point of view, the side of the manufacturers who did well.
I think it is a dynamite book regardless.