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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great start to learning the Perl language

I found this to be a much better text to learn Perl than "Programming Perl". The book starts out with a simple example and then quickly, and I do mean quickly, turns it into a very functional fairly complex example. If your interested in learning Perl this is the book to start with.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superior book on software productivity

This is an entertaining as well as insightful book on software productivity. The use of the "programming wars" to provide actual data on the effect of the environment was particularly interesting. It's too bad more software managers don't heed the advice in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great help with new Windows

Windows 98 For Dummies helped me figure out my way around my first computer. When I bought a new computer with a new Windows, I was lost again. I went back to the book that helped me the first time and quickly figured out how to use xp. This book was just what I needed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money.

I never thought I could waste my money buying a strategy guide because at the very least I would be getting some helpful hints. How wrong I was. This is the worst "official" strategy guide I've ever seen, and a total waste of money. This book does have some helpful info, but what makes this book stand out is what it lacks. This is the last time I make the mistake of buying *any* book without checking Amazon's reviews first. Basically the other reviewers are right -- there are these "keywords" scattered on virtually every page of the walkthrough. The keywords allow you to read a more detailed hint on some web site. Um, hello, what did you think I just spent my money for? How would you like it, for example, if you wanted to read "War and Peace," paid money for the book, but instead received the Cliffs' Notes version of the book, which provided links for you to read the actual text on the internet, on a web site that doesn't work? I buy strategy guides because I want a complete, exhaustive source of information for a particular game all in one book. If I wanted to go online for hints, I would have just downloaded one of the free complete walkthroughs on the net that has all the answers in one spot (which is exactly what I ended up doing). If BradyGames wanted to be accurate, they should have called this the "Official, but Incomplete" strategy guide. Don't buy this book unless you want to experience being totally ripped off.