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Unlike some other people, I really like this book, although I would agree that "Reference" is a bit of a misnomer. What it does is give an excellent, padding-free, guide to the language in a form that is perfect for the experienced programmer. I also like to have Mr Flanagan's outstanding "Definitive Guide" on the desk, but this volume is a much more convenient size to carry around, and the larger print is easier on the older eye.