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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not a reference, but a necessary Kick Start


The problem with .NET is that there's too much to learn, and when you have deadlines, trial and error can be costly. I've taken some classes and have half a dozen books piled on my desk. They just give a sugar coated review of the data web controls. I needed a specific subject covered and this book did the job.
I think that if you are developing any kind of data driven site, you can't afford to avoid the data web controls. If you do, you might as well go back to using Classic ASP. These controls make .NET worth switching to.
This book has been worth every penny spent. A small price when you think about the time it saves. One of the biggest problems I had learning .NET was trying to figure out the best tool for the job as there seems to be millions of potential paths a developer can take. This book takes it's time showing examples of when to use the different data web controls.
It's probably true that when you're done reading this book you can give it to a co-worker. I don't believe it was meant to be a reference. That's what MSDN Library is for. Pause for a moment, give this book a read, then move on.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Communication Networks
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Alberto Leon-Garcia, Indra Widjaja
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Introductory material


A good book for introduction to the world of telecommunications and networks. Teaches the basics about networks, the OSI model and common protocols in use.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Practical Common Lisp
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Peter Seibel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very solid book with many practical examples


Practical Common Lisp does a few things very well:

1) It explains basic Lisp syntax, semantics and philosophy. Not beginner programmers, but for people who did some code crunching, perhaps in other languages. The explanations are lucid, followed by many examples that clarify the topics.

2) It presents practical, real-world examples, proving that you can write complete applications in Lisp.

3) It does well getting the essence of Lisp to the reader. No programatically-inclined person will stay indifferent to the grace and power of the examples provided by the author.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl Objects, References & Modules
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for intermediate perl programmers


To me, this book seemed like two books:
1) Shared Libraries, References, Data Structures, Scoping, and other things in perl. -- For internmediate programmers.
2) OO Perl, Distributions, and Testing in Perl - Step-by-Step - For advnaced perl programmers who aspire to be wizards.
For me, part 1 was mostly review. Part 2 is good schtuff, but it's not very deep. You could call it "a gentle introduction to OO"
My conclusion: The earlier in your career you read this book, the better. If the topics in #1 or #2 are "new" to you, go buy the book. Seriously. The comments on h2xs and the design patterns that schwartz sets up -alone- make it worth the price.