Re-post: Still time to answer the Labor Day Weekend Question: How Does O'Reilly Help You Work Better?

Chance to Win O'Reilly Ebooks

By Laurel Ackerman
September 3, 2009 | Comments: 26

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time and thought to answer our question about how O'Reilly books help you; for those who are still planning to you have until 5PM Pacific time today to have your comment enter you into our random drawing. Here's the original post:

We get tons of great feedback on oreilly.com; most of it positive, all of it appreciated. We hear how much people like the content, the format, the authors, and the forums. One additional thing that we're especially interested in, though, is hearing about how O'Reilly has helped you. Has a book helped you build a great project?  Has attending a conference given you an edge at work? Has a training course helped you to advance your career or start a new one? Please tell us! We're going to leave this post open for comments through Tuesday 9/8; after that we'll randomly choose 5 commenters to each win a free O'Reilly Ebook of their choice.

We're really looking to hearing from you!



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26 Comments

Using the iPhone is intuitive, yet I've still relied on "iPhone: The Missing Manual" for help. Without the book, I never would have discovered how to do a screen capture (by holding the Home button and pressing Sleep/Wake.) Even basic iPhone typing would have been a drag to learn without David Pogue's book to refer to.

When I'm learning a new language or technology, O'Reilly books are always my first choice because I know that I can find both the most precise and accurate theoretical info as well as a glut of practical how-tos. And I always need both!

Hi, first of all sorry for my poor english. I still remember how my first book from O'reilly changed my way of work. It was a book about photoshop almost 6 or 7 years ago, and thanks to that book i discover all the potential within both, photoshop and me. Today i can do what i most love, im a graphic designer in a multinational enterprise, and i can proudly say that is thanks to that old book that opened the way for my career developement. I bought when my best friend found it on an internet shop, and thought it will be interesting for me.

Thanks for all your work to improve our lives.

Luis from Seville (Spain)

The Head First Design Patterns book has become a required reading for Jr. Devs at our company. It's a fantastic intermediate step between the OO basics they've learned in college and the heavier architecture work that the senior devs shoulder. We're also big fans of the beautiful series.

In the course of an average day I need (or choose) to brush up on some new or forgotten aspect of probably 80% whatever it is I'm working on.  Today alone I've needed to look up a recipe to make pancakes, and some refresher instructions on using the VLookup function in Excel.

Irma Rombauer's "The Joy of Cooking" made my pancake project painless and delicious. Office 2004 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual got my workbook functions running smoothly.  

I'll probably look things up at least three more times before I go home today, not counting Wikipedia or a quick Google search, and I know for a fact that I'll be reading Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual later this evening to help me with the basics(A note: This book is great.   I am NOT a programmer.  I wrote a tic tact toe game in BASIC when I was about 10 and that was the end of that. But it's easy to use and really really useful in getting me going).

O'Reilly has taught me not to look at the cover when you are looking for books (not a fan of animals, but that's completely another topic for another time). I learned about O'Reilly when I wanted to learn PHP and when I got my chance to go the US to get some books. I spent a lot of time checking all the books in a library, and the Programming PHP book really caught my attention.

It was the first programming-like language I was learning, and because I didn't have any books before, I tried with tutorials but not all of them were good. When I was learning PHP I also had many difficulties understanding concepts, but O'Reilly really made them clear. So in short, O'Reilly really helped me to work with what I really love. I am a high school student, so I don't work yet, but thanks to O'Reilly, I am having the ability to see many topics before I hit college AND I am also starting a few projects myself (like a website, that I am making thanks to the PHP knowledge I got from O'Reilly).

Also, I am learning C++, and the "C++ In A Nutshell" book is really being helpful, helping me review some things and is also a great reference overall.

In short: I am learning thanks to O'Reilly, thought fortunately I don't have the resource to go to one of the conferences, the books do a good job helping you with everything tech related you may need.

O'Reilly takes a great part in what many people do for living. It hugely impacts OQ of companies that favor O'Reilly products and services. From on-going weekly webcasts (let's not forget - free webcasts by the best) to safari books online, from every technology related subject matter beautifully wrapped in the book covered by yet another exotic animal you barely know the name of, to Tim's twitter page and O'Reilly Facebook presence - it's all useful and follows technologists wherever they go. At times, it's almost impossible to keep up, but don't sweat - you'll get friendly informative reminder, then follow up, then replay, then download - everything's on the table, and for people. I watched a number of webcasts: security and social networks, social media policy, cloud computing, YQL, twitter for marketing... and many more. Always on top, always to date, and it doesn't end there, it's like an eternal wheel. You're not feeling alone 'in it'. O'Reilly knows how to get momentum and keep it. If I don't win the book - it's fine, I'll surely buy one out of plenty on my list. Thank you!

I am currently going to school part time to earn my Computer Science degree. One of the things I have learned to do is to reference the O'Reilly library to see what books they have that parallel the course I am taking. Since the classes are compressed and the textbooks are designed for full time students attending a full semester, they get a little cumbersome for me. Some of the O'Reilly books get to the meat and help me understand the material much easier. I know I wouldn't be nearly as successful in class without them.

O'Reilly books have played a strong part in my professional development over the past decade of building websites, tinkering with open source operating system, and being a general geek-at-large.

I build websites for the nonprofit sector; your books help me deliver a better solution at a more affordable price, for folks who are making the world a better place. Thanks.

The first O'Reilly book I encountered was the Perl "camel" book in 1993. I used it to create what was probably one of the first corporate intranets---a CGI application that examined the (Informix) sales database and created fancy little tables. I used version 2 to create shipping labels for fulfillment. It was AWESOME.

The two books which have had the biggest impact on my skill level were both O'Reilly books.

The first was Steven Feuerstein's "Oracle PL/SQL Programming." I was a junior developer in an IT shop supporting a CRM system that ran on Oracle. That book not only got me comfortable with the PL/SQL syntax but more importantly provided guidance on how to write more effective, reusable code. It would be difficult to overstate the impact this book had on my approach to programming.

The second book was "Head First Design Patterns" by Elisabeth Robson, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra. This book helped me progress to the next level of design skills and opened my eyes to the world of design patterns. I've given several user group talks based on what I learned in that book.

I use O'Reilly books to prop my monitors up to just the right height, They're perfect!

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Well, the out of date ones anyway. I do use the current ones :-)

Thanks for all the great content.

i own so many of your books!
last one was 'Regular Expressions Cookbook'

i think out company has single hand-idly funded many release through purchases

NOW GIVE ME FREE BOOK

Laurel,

The O'Reilly books have been marvelous for a guy like me, a technically minded dilettante working in the humanities field but who, by dfault, gets given the technical tasks around the office.

The pocket references have been great since I don't use most of the commands in CSS, xhtml, java, etc. often enough to have them at the tip of my fingers.

Learning ActionScript 3.0 A Beginners Guide and Essential ActionScript 3.0 has been build my fundamental of ActionScripts 3.0 as well as the OOP knowledge where it make me has the ability to understand the "ActionScript 3.0 Language and Components Reference" by adobe and also easy understanding what other people code.
and i will say that Oreilly Missing Manual book and CookBook is the best learning book available in the world

My school had a site license for the Safari bookshelf. The access to those books allowed me to learn many of the fundamentals of web/software development. I've used that practical knowledge again and again.

It was long ago, but the books about HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby were a big contributor to the beginnings of my career. Having searchable, readily accessible information like that made me better at what I do.

When someones needs to search for technical books or general knowledge about IT the first thing running on my mind is:
"have you taken a look on O'Reilly list?"

I started coding in Unix some ten+ years ago. Your Unix in a Nutshell saved my bacon. From there I advanced to most of the Java books and the core networking books and the programming books. I've spent so much money on O'Reilly books I could have bought a brand new car by now! Now I'm very successful at what I do because of the excellent books you've provided over the years. Thank you.

I made a corporate decision to subscribe to O'Reilly books from the start of our company in April 2009. Aside from knowing one O'Reilly author personally I find all the books we have bought and viewed to be written at our experience level. In the past I have purchased "technical" books, only to be disappointed in the low-level teaching or condescending tone of the author. O'Reilly books are great, well-written and worth the money. I especially like the ability to start reading online to determine if the book is a fit.

As a result of our use of O'Reilly books we are well on our way to accomplishing our 1st year goals.

I've used O'Reilly online books to find info on topics I can't find in local libraries or bookstores. Our pc club has reviewed technical books from O'Reilly just to stay on top of changing technology. Thanks!

I have to say oreilly website has taught me a lot about the web technology over the years, thank you for your open mind approach and letting us to learn from your great articles and tutorials. I also enjoy your unique approach of layout and writing style and of course the unique approach to book cover illustrations! I have a few numbers of your books in my collections.

From time to time I would also registered for your live webcast and web on demand and read your radar blog. Keep up the good work!!

I learned Java from "Java in a Nutshell," and have found many other O'Reilly books to be invaluable references over the years.

I've been using O'Reilly books since my college days (I think Java in a Nutshell for version 1.0 was my first) and have been my go-to books ever since. Most recently what has helped me at my job is the excellent, DRM-free ebooks that I can copy to my home laptop, my work PC, and my iPhone! It's been a real productivity booster to have all this knowledge available in one place.

I finally have my dream: I can search all my books on Safari Books Online and read them from anywhere, so I don't have to carry many pounds of books around with me (saving my back, and wear-and-tear on my backpacks). Of course, I still buy the print books because there's nothing like reading a good O'Reilly book in bed.

I'm currently studying computer engineering at a school that quite never teaches past basic Java and C. Being in contact with everything O'Reilly, the books, the school and even the Twitter feeds have helped me see what's really out there, have a very respectable curriculum and has even landed me part time
jobs at tech shops.

It is by far one of the best resources of knowledge out there. Does what Wikipedia can't. Promotes new technologies and documents them in an understandable fashion. I'm pretty sure I'll do a great job as an engineer thanks to O'Reilly.

question of the decade and the best answer I can think of is O'Reilly helps me make the better of the best.

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