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 <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Raymond’s Site</a>.
 </p>
 <p>
-This book is a set of very mind-revolving essays about the Free and Open
+This book is a set of mind-revolving essays about the Free and Open
 Source Software world - their culture, conventions, customs; organizational,
 cultural and economical conventions - and by inflection on Free/Open Culture
 in general. It is a must read for every person living in the 21st century.
                         <desc>
 
                     <p>
-                    This book, written over 20 years ago, by the project manager of IBM’s OS/360
-                    is one of the classic texts on software engineering, and for a very good
-                    reason. It still feels very fresh now, and supplies a lot of insights about
-                    how to manage a software project. It will also prove of interest to managers
-                    of other teams (that do not necessarily work on software).
+                    This book, written over 20 years ago, by the project
+                    manager of IBM’s OS/360 is one of the classic texts on
+                    software engineering, and for a very good reason. It still
+                    feels very fresh now, and supplies a lot of insights about
+                    how to manage a software project. It will also prove of
+                    interest to managers of other teams (that do not
+                    necessarily work on software).
                     </p>
                     <p>
-                    The 20th anniversary edition, contains some later essays and conclusions by
-                    the same author.
+                    The 20th anniversary edition, contains some later essays
+                    and conclusions by the same author.
                     </p>
 
 
                         <desc>
                     <p>
 
-                    A great book about designing for usability. Instead of covering software, it
-                    covers everyday things like doors, taps or phones , and why or why not they
-                    make sense. This book is amusing, insightful and makes a very good read.
+                    A great book about designing for usability. Instead of
+                    covering software, it covers everyday things like doors,
+                    taps or phones , and why or why not they make sense. This
+                    book is amusing, insightful and makes a very good read.
 
 
                     </p>
                         <desc>
                     <p>
 
-                    This books tries to answer the question of why did different human societies
-                    evolve differently. It demonstrates that geography and bio-geography played
-                    a big role in shaping the destinies of people in different places on our
-                    planet. This book contains many interesting anecdotes, a wonderful theme, and
-                    is a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.
+                    This books tries to answer the question of why did
+                    different human societies evolve differently. It
+                    demonstrates that geography and bio-geography played a big
+                    role in shaping the destinies of people in different places
+                    on our planet. This book contains many interesting
+                    anecdotes, a wonderful theme, and is a pleasure to read.
+                    Highly recommended.
 
 
                     </p>
                         <creator type="author">Larry Wall et al</creator>
                         <desc>
 
-                    <p>
-                    This is the canonical reference to the <a href="http://www.perl.org/">Perl
-                    programming language</a> by some of its best and best-known experts. It covers
-                    the entire Perl language as of perl-5.6.1, with any nuance and any
-                    fine point being mentioned. Furthermore, it is a very entertaining read: the
-                    style is lightweight and easy, and it is one of the funniest technical books
-                    I’ve ever read.
-                    </p>
-                    <p>
-                    Note that programmers who don’t know how to program Perl at all yet, cannot use it
-                    in order to learn the language. Instead, it is
-                    recommended, that they first learn Perl and only then
-                    read “Programming Perl”. For learning Perl, see
-                    <a href="http://perl-begin.org/">the Perl Beginners’
+                        <p>
+                        This is the canonical reference to the <a
+                        href="http://www.perl.org/">Perl programming
+                        language</a> by some of its best and best-known
+                        experts. It covers the entire Perl language as of
+                        perl-5.6.1, with any nuance and any fine point being
+                        mentioned. Furthermore, it is a very entertaining read: the
+                        style is lightweight and easy, and it is one of the
+                        funniest technical books I’ve ever read.
+                        </p>
+
+                        <p>
+                        Note that programmers who don’t know how to program Perl at all yet, cannot use it
+                        in order to learn the language. Instead, it is
+                        recommended, that they first learn Perl and only then
+                        read “Programming Perl”. For learning Perl, see
+                        <a href="http://perl-begin.org/">the Perl Beginners’
                         Site</a>. (Thanks to “infidel” from Freenode for
-                    suggesting this.)
-                    </p>
+                            suggesting this.)
+                        </p>
 
 
                         </desc>
                         <desc>
                     <p>
 
-                    A great book about logic design and how to construct a computer from very
-                    basic elements. Also covers some layers above the digital circuits level,
-                    but this material did not particularly interest me. I studied using this
-                    book in two of my <a href="http://www.technion.ac.il/">Technion</a> courses,
-                    and can highly recommend it.
-
+                    A great book about logic design and how to construct a
+                    computer from very basic elements. Also covers some layers
+                    above the digital circuits level, but this material did not
+                    particularly interest me. I studied using this book in two
+                    of my <a href="http://www.technion.ac.il/">Technion</a>
+                    courses, and can highly recommend it.
 
                     </p>
 
                         <desc>
 
                     <p>
-                    An excellent book that teaches the basics of good software design using the
-                    Scheme programming language. Introduces very interesting techniques, and
-                    demonstrates how they can be useful for real-life tasks. I took two courses
-                    in the Technion based on this book, and they also were very enlightening.
-                    </p>
-                    <p>
-                    The text of this book and other related resources
-                    <a href="http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/">are available online on its site</a>.
-                    </p>
+                    An excellent book that teaches the basics of good
+                    software design using the Scheme programming language.
+                    Introduces very interesting techniques, and demonstrates
+                    how they can be useful for real-life tasks. I took two
+                    courses in the Technion based on this book, and they also
+                    were very enlightening.  </p> <p> The text of this book and
+                    other related resources <a
+                    href="http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/">are available online
+                    on its site</a>.  </p>
 
 
                         </desc>
                         href="http://www.joelonsoftware.com/uibook/chapters/fog0000000057.html">the
                         online version of the book</a> when I read it on Joel’s
                     site, and the printed version contains several additional
-                    chapters. This book is very funny, very enlightening, with
+                    chapters. This book is very funny, enlightening, with
                     many screenshots and diagrams. It’s a must for anyone doing
                     GUI or Web design. Highly recommended.
                     </p>
                         <creator type="author">Dave Sill</creator>
                         <desc>
 
-                    <p>
-                    A very good book about the <a href="http://qmail.org/">qmail mail
-                    server</a>. Introduces the fundamental concepts of the server, and then
-                    instructs how to operate it, and configure other software for it. One thing
-                    to note about this book is that it convinced me that I should avoid using
-                    qmail unless it’s already installed and has a configuration. qmail has a very
-                    problematic license, lacks most necessary features out of the box, is no
-                    longer maintained, has a very problematic creator and copyright owner, etc.
-                    </p>
-                    <p>
-                    If you’re going to install a new mail server, take a look at
-                    <a href="http://www.postfix.org/">Postfix</a>,
-                    <a href="http://www.exim.org/">Exim</a>,
-                    <a href="http://www.courier-mta.org/">Courier</a> or whatever. These are
-                    open-source, are actively developed, and lack all of the aforementioned
-                    problems. “The qmail Handbook”, however, is useful for those who need to
-                    administer existing qmail configurations, or migrate them to a different
-                    implementation. You can also take a look at
-                    <a href="http://www.lifewithqmail.org/">Life with qmail</a> which is a guide
-                    to qmail, by the same author.
-                    </p>
+                    <p> A very good book about the <a
+                    href="http://qmail.org/">qmail mail server</a>. Introduces
+                    the fundamental concepts of the server, and then instructs
+                    how to operate it, and configure other software for it. One
+                    thing to note about this book is that it convinced me that
+                    I should avoid using qmail unless it’s already installed
+                    and has a configuration. qmail has a very problematic
+                    license, lacks most necessary features out of the box, is
+                    no longer maintained, has a very problematic creator and
+                    copyright owner, etc.  </p>
+
+                    <p> If you’re going to install a new mail server, take a
+                    look at <a href="http://www.postfix.org/">Postfix</a>, <a
+                    href="http://www.exim.org/">Exim</a>, <a
+                    href="http://www.courier-mta.org/">Courier</a> or whatever.
+                    These are open-source, are actively developed, and lack all
+                    of the aforementioned problems. “The qmail Handbook”,
+                    however, is useful for those who need to administer
+                    existing qmail configurations, or migrate them to a
+                    different implementation. You can also take a look at <a
+                    href="http://www.lifewithqmail.org/">Life with qmail</a>
+                    which is a guide to qmail, by the same author.  </p>
 
 
                         </desc>
                         <isbn>1590590198</isbn>
                         <creator type="author">Kurt Cagle</creator>
                         <desc>
+
                     <p>
 
-                    A great book about <a href="http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/">SVG</a>
-                    (= Scalable Vector Graphics), the emerging standard for vector graphics,
-                    animation and interactive applets on the web. It explains the standard step
-                    by step, with many nuances covered. The final chapters cover some advanced
-                    techniques. Highly recommended.
+                    A great book about <a
+                    href="http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/">SVG</a> (= Scalable
+                    Vector Graphics), the emerging standard for vector
+                    graphics, animation and interactive applets on the web. It
+                    explains the standard step by step, with many nuances
+                    covered. The final chapters cover some advanced techniques.
+                    Highly recommended.
+                    </p>
 
 
-                    </p>
-
                         </desc>
                     </prod>
                     <prod id="mastering_algos_with_perl">
                         <desc>
                     <p>
 
-                    The first installment in the series of three books containing a collection of
-                    articles from “the Perl Journal”. Very nice book, with interesting articles.
-                    You can <a href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/0596003102.html">read my review
-                    of it</a> to the Perl mongers.
+                    The first installment in the series of three books
+                    containing a collection of articles from “the Perl
+                    Journal”. Very nice book, with interesting articles.  You
+                    can <a
+                        href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/0596003102.html">read
+                        my review of it</a> to the Perl mongers.
 
 
                     </p>
                         <desc>
                     <p>
 
-                    The third installment in the series of three books containing a collection of
-                    articles from “the Perl Journal”. As a whole it is very entertaining and
-                    enlightening. You can <a href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/0596003129.html">read my review of it</a> to the Perl mongers.
-
+                    The third installment in the series of three books
+                    containing a collection of articles from “the Perl
+                    Journal”. As a whole it is very entertaining and
+                    enlightening. You can <a
+                        href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/0596003129.html">read
+                        my review of it</a>
+                    to the Perl mongers.
 
                     </p>
 
                         <desc>
 
                     <p>
-                    “Higher Order Perl” is both enjoyable and accessible. Mark Jason Dominus
-                    demonstrates some techniques that originated from the LISP world and shows how
-                    to implement them in Perl, and how they can be put into good use. I learned a
-                    lot from this book: how currying, iterators and streams can be useful, how a
-                    recursive descent parser can be implemented, and many other things.
+                    “Higher Order Perl” is both enjoyable and accessible. Mark
+                    Jason Dominus demonstrates some techniques that originated
+                    from the LISP world and shows how to implement them in
+                    Perl, and how they can be put into good use. I learned a
+                    lot from this book: how currying, iterators and streams can
+                    be useful, how a recursive descent parser can be
+                    implemented, and many other things.
                     </p>
                     <p>
-                    Also see <a href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/1558607013.html">my review on
-                    the Israeli Perl Mongers site</a>.
+                    Also see <a
+                        href="http://www.perl.org.il/books/1558607013.html">my
+                        review on the Israeli Perl Mongers site</a>.
                     </p>
                         </desc>
                     </prod>