If you haven't seen it yet, T-Nation just put out an article on The Texas Method by Mark Rippetoe.
What is it? Essentially, the mark of a beginner lifter is that you can do the same compound exercises every workout and add more weight each time for the same reps, even if it's only a small amount. The mark of an intermediate lifter is that this becomes a weekly event, and requires that you fluctuate between harder workouts and easier workouts in order to keep gaining steadily. The Texas Method is one way to do that.
What if I'm a beginner? Stick with something like Starting Strength, and get as strong as you can as quickly as you can. Save the intermediate methods for when you just can't show up each workout and load more onto the bar.
It's been written up before, but it's good to see it written up by one of its originators.
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