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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent intro to XML, XSL

The XML BIBLE is easy to read, provides a great introduction to XML, XSL, but with deep detail and does so without bogging the reader down in terse theory and techno-babble.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A networking classic

Another masterpiece by the late Richard Stevens. This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand what goes on at the protocol level whenever any kind of interaction happens on the internet. Take any application level protocol - FreeNet, P2P, RTP, and you will understand its underpinnings thoroughly after having read this book. If you find the content a bit overwhelming, make sure you read Tanenbaum's "Computer Networks" before diving into this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Biz Stone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Witty instruction for the web-challenged

This is a great book for those of us who weren't born with an innate sense of how to do HTML and other strange web stuff. Blogs are a really fun way to publish your thoughts and photos to the web, whether you are an established print writer or a mother-to-be who wants to keep friends and family in the loop about the new baby.
In really simple terms, you'll learn how to put your thoughts online and even make it look pretty! I especially liked Chapter 5, Blog Design 101. Stone tells you how to make your blog cool instead of cheesy. And his wacky writing style is unexpected for a computer book; I found myself laughing out loud while reading about links and HTML. In short, fun and painless. You will feel like a genius!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great beginner book!

This book takes the beginner from scratch to being able to competantly handle PostgresQL databases.
The only real drawbacks as far as I could see are the lack of some python examples, and the use of MS Access. Even though I am a linux convert, I am not necessarily biggoted against Micro$oft.
But while I have a wealth of RDBMS background, I needed to know two things: one, how to configure and execute postresQL under linux, and two, what GUI tools are available to do this. Hence my disappointment at the use of MS Access, which I already know anyway.
Still it is a good book to kick off with.