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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A computer book that won't send you to sleep


Unlike most computer books, I found myself reading whole chapters at a time rather than one of two sections. While some of the earlier chapters on initial software design - having lots of meetings - was a bit of a hard slog, the remainder of the book is an interesting if not relaxing read. Although it is a Microsoft Press book, and the author has worked for Microsoft, he gives examples in C++, Pascal, Ada, Basic etc. and does not promote MS as such. Because the book is getting a little old now, 1993, it does not cover some of the newer languages such as Delphi, Java. He has interesting thoughts on the naming of variables, procedures, functions, modules etc. I wish more people would try to implement some of his ideas in their own software. While reading the book I found that he has "discovered" many of the same things that I have, perhaps if I had read the book earlier I would have discovered them sooner. He also discusses some of the more "religious" aspects of computing such as indenting, commenting, globals and gotos. In general he admits that while some things should be avoided at all costs, there are times when a goto or a global is a truly "elegant" solution. Although the book is a long read, over 800 pages, it is handy to have nearby for a quick read while there is nothing on TV!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brilliant


Others have said all I had in mind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Computers: Tools for an Information Age, Eighth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: H. L. Capron, J. A. Johnson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
THERE ARE MANY BETTER BOOKS


SAME OLD REHASH OF EARLIER EDITIONS.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Developer's Workbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Oracle Pl/Sql Programming Developer's


Only a few book can jump start you to another level, and this is one of them. Great to learn and work for newbie and even experienced pl/sql developers.