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Java 2 in 24 Hours by Rogers Cadenhead

Sams, April 1999.
Trade Paperback, 429 pages.
ISBN: 0672316307
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by Rogers Cadenhead This Java programming aide, targeted at beginners, provides an introduction to the Java language, instruction on Java programming and information on how to use Java programming tools. Instruction in the book covers basic Java coding concepts including: variables, strings, conditions, arrays, objects, applets, graphics and user interfaces. The reference also covers programming basics, playing games with Java, other Java resources, configuring the Java Development Kit and provides a glossary of Java terms.

This Java reference is targeted specifically at beginning Java programmers and includes valuable sections including "Writing Your First Program" and "How Java Programs Work." The text also includes screen shots, question and answer sections, self-tests and lots of example code. A recommended text for Java first-timers.

Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days by Laura Lemay

Sams, April 1999.
Trade Paperback, 680 pages.
ISBN: 0672313057
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by Laura Lemay Teach Yourself Perl is a comprehensive guide to programming in Perl, a popular language of choice for creating CGI scripts for websites. This edition provides coverage about how to program in Perl, and includes the latest features available with Perl 5.005. Coverage in the book includes: basic Perl coding, operators, lists, arrays, hashes, conditionals, loops, strings, regular expressions, creating subroutines and working with files. The book also provides coverage for debugging Perl, example programs (including an address book, homepage generator and a web log processor), a section about CGI scripting, and an appendix with Perl functions and modules.

Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days is a valuable resource for Perl programmers that provides instruction for numerous Perl topics backed with example source code and advice. It is also a handy reference for looking up Perl functions, modules and subroutines.

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