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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent read, very smooth and accurate easy to follow

This has been the best C++ book I have ever read. Not only does the author provide comprehensive coverage of Visual C++, he also gives an A-1 intro to the language itself. I am not a beginner at C++, but I am new to MS VC++, however, the explanation of the basic C++ language given in the first several chapters filled in nicely the gaps in my knowledge. I highly recommend this book without hesitation. If you want a quick grasp on a powerful language you need this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Perl Programming
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sriram Srinivasan
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
no longer useful

This book is a waste of a good title, and I wish it would either go out of print, or be completely rewritten (in fact, there have been rumors that the latter will happen!). It was a passable early book on Perl, and it isn't so bad in and of itself, but it's useless to anyone nowadays, as the really interesting material that it tries to cover is much better addressed in Conway's excellent /Object-Oriented Perl/.
(To be fair, chapter 20 of /Advanced Perl Programming/ is a good overview of the internals of the Perl interpreter-compiler. However, that's of real interest to very few people.)
Instead of spending their time and money on this book, learners are better off reading the other, more recent good books on Perl, and flipping thru modules in CPAN.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Dwh at the beginning

Data warehouse development relies on a scientific substrate, but usual target reader is not a computer scientist, nor a programmer, rather an advanced user who has to present dwh projects to management. So most books are mainly business-level presentations, and this book is not an exception. It contains some technical issues, more in the form of hints and tips than fully developed solutions, that have nowadays become common and wide-known features. Most books about dwh, OLAP and even mining look like as they have been written some years ago (typically late ninety) in order to present to a wide audience those new disciplines, and then submitted to further and slight revisions to work out new editions. In my experience, user community's skill has grown up, but many publications have not been able to keep its pace.However, though this does not seem not a mandatory step in a dwh basic education, it still retains all its historical importance.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Excellent book that really summed up the CBK's in a very efficient way. I read several books to prepare for my CISSP and I can tell you that THIS one was the only one I really needed. Shon Harris has a brilliant way to communicate sometimes boring subject matter in a very interesting way. Thanks to Shon's book I recieved my CISSP.