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    1. MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft .NET Core Requirements, Exams 70-305, 70-315, 70-306, 70-316, 70-310, 70-320, and 70-300
    by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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    Asin: 0735619255
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-09)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 2865
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    Four kits in one! Get self-paced preparation for the skills measured by the MCAD and MCSD core exams—all in one box. This set covers Exams 70-300, 70-305/70-315, 70-306/70-316, and 70-310/70-320, and it features rigorous practice tests and review. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars "Condensed" Version of Training Kit
    I am not going to review the content of the individual books as that is better handled in the individual book reviews. However, I think it is important to point out that Amazon is selling a "condensed" version of the .NET core requirements training kit.

    If you have seen the .NET Core Requirements set in bookstores, you remember an impressive desktop collection of hardcover books. The hardcover set takes close to a foot of real estate on your bookshelf. I was disappointed when I received this set because it is priced the same, yet is the "Paperback" version which takes about 5 inches of shelf space.

    How can this be if the books contents are the same? I checked the contents of "Developing Web Applications. . ." and it seemes that the contents are identical to the hardback, but I cannot vouch for the contents of the other books. Microsoft achieves this condednsed version by using the thinnest possible paper I suppose.

    Anyway, I kinda feel [cheated] because the Hardcover boxed set and the paperback edition have the same list price. That amazon is sending you a condensed version is not clear and you may think you are saving 30%, but you are getting only half the quality....

    Weigh this information with the quality of the content (from other reviews) before deciding to buy this set from Amazon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good single source for the MCAD certification
    This set is a great deal when it comes with the vouchers, but still an OK deal otherwise. The books for the Windows, Web, and Web Services exams are good and they were able, with no other material, to allow me to pass those three exams. The book for the Solution Architecture exam (70-300), however, is useful only as a paperweight. That book is so poorly written, I couldn't even finish half of it! Fortunately, Exam Cram 2 has an excellent book for that exam. Not only is this set cheaper than buying the three good books separately, but the paperback editions in the set are lighter and smaller as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!
    This kit is a great way to reinforce what you THINK you know and to learn new things. I'm not concerned like some of the other reviewers that the materials are not great for test cramming--these books helped give me confidence to pass the tests because I know the stuff cold! And I've passed the two Core C# tests, each the first time! Thanks Microsoft Press!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't expect everything but good certification prep books
    I have QUE books for actual hands-on studying at home. But I wanted books for a quick on-the-go studying. I'm satisfied with the sets for the following reasons:
    1) each book is light enough for me to carry in my backpack everyday.
    2) Content may not be in-depth but is decent enough.
    3) Exam questions are much better than QUE books. This is arguable However I just passed 70-315 and I can tell you that many of the questions were awefully familar thanks to the practice questions that came with the set.

    No discount code in my set but I bought the voucher from online companies that offers 10+ % discount.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not in-depth enough
    This books disappoints because the coverage is not in-depth enough. When you take sample exams, there are a lot of uncovered topics. I found Que's books to be much better preparation for the MCAD exams. ... Read more


    2. The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
    by RalphKimball, MargyRoss
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    Asin: 0471200247
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-12)
    Publisher: Wiley
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    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Single most authoritative guide from the inventor of the technique.
    * Presents unique modeling techniques for e-commerce, and shows strategies for optimizing performance.
    * Companion Web site provides updates on dimensional modeling techniques, links related to sites, and source code where appropriate.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Wisdom
    There are a lot of data warehousing books out there that try to answer the question: 'Why'? Why data warehouses are needed to help businesses make better decisions - why the OLTP systems that run the business can't do this - and sometimes even why businesses ought to invest in data warehouses. These books were terrifically useful to us years ago, when we needed help (and scholarly footnotes) in our data warehouse project proposals.

    This book is not one of those - it is all about: 'How'.

    How to actually design and build a repository that will deliver real value to real people. In this reviewer's opinion, Ralph Kimball's many contributions related to the 'how' of data warehousing stand alone.

    An engineer trying to just-start data warehouse expertise would have to read Ralph's Data Warehouse Toolkit first edition, his Data Webhouse Toolkit... a bunch of Intelligence Enterprise magazine articles... AND lurk on the Data Warehousing List Server...for a few years (all terrific resources - by the way) - in order to stockpile the knowledge that is crisply presented here.

    No shortcuts that I can spot: all of the toughest dimensional design issues that I've tripped on - and can remember surfacing on in discussion groups over the past few years - are addressed in this significantly updated text. Not all of the solutions are 'pretty' - but it is clear that they thoughtfully address the problem. This rings true to my God-given 'bs' detector.

    The authors have been listening to and addressing the data warehouse community's 'pain' through periodicals and posts - but this book pulls these point solutions together very nicely. I learned a surprising number of really useful new techniques, and was genuinely enlightened by the 'Present Imperatives and Future Outlook' section.

    As in the first edition, there is minimal philosophical lecturing, and zero religion - perhaps the only reason to hesitate in describing it as the 'bible' of dimensional data warehousing. Authors of 'bibles' sometimes appear to be handcuffed by their need to be perceived as infallible - such is not the case here. Instead, we get generous helpings of real-world case studies - aptly used to illustrate a progressively more advanced series of design concepts.

    This style absolutely works for me. And I suspect that engineering mindsets typical of the folks that build these things will surely agree.

    In short, the Data Warehouse Toolkit Second Edition will significantly lighten the load of books that I carry between data warehouse engagements...

    5-0 out of 5 stars As essential as the first edition
    I was undecided if I should buy this book after having read the first edition, but I'm happy I did.
    The second edition updates many of the concepts contained in the first and includes some new chapters on hot topics like CRM and Telecommunications (which is the most important sector for dw at least here in Italy where I live).
    I think that Kimball books are everything that's needed to design good, robust and flexible data warehouses, and this book maintains his high quality standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you dont have it you ain't a Datawarehouse developer
    The mandatory bible for any datawarehouse developer. Complete with examples and case studies, it will satisfy beginners as well as experienced professionals. I began with this.. and havent finished using it yet!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best
    This book simply is the best data warehouse book in the market, and an absolute must-read if you are in Data Warehouse field. The best part about this book is that it's not hogged down with technical non-sense, and it's quite easy to read and understand. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Indispensible Book
    After six years of creating data warehouse applications, making a plethora of mistakes and learning stuff the hard way, I wish I had had this book at the start! Every other page offers a solution to some problem or other that I have had. In the project I am just starting I am facing new challenges and am finding help with them as well. The best part is how solutions I used in the past which were appropriate for those problems are contrasted with solutions for problems like the ones I am facing now. Almost as bad as solving a problem the wrong way (or overlooking it entirely) is reusing an old solution that does not fit the new problem. This book clearly spells out when each solution is appropriate. I can not speak too highly about how useful this book will be for you! ... Read more


    3. The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Extracting, Cleanin
    by RalphKimball, JoeCaserta
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    Asin: 0764567578
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-13)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 4912
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    • Cowritten by Ralph Kimball, the world's leading data warehousing authority, whose previous books have sold more than 150,000 copies
    • Delivers real-world solutions for the most time- and labor-intensive portion of data warehousing-data staging, or the extract, transform, load (ETL) process
    • Delineates best practices for extracting data from scattered sources, removing redundant and inaccurate data, transforming the remaining data into correctly formatted data structures, and then loading the end product into the data warehouse
    • Offers proven time-saving ETL techniques, comprehensive guidance on building dimensional structures, and crucial advice on ensuring data quality
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    4. Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms
    by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Maarten van Steen
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    Asin: 0130888931
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 71438
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    Presents a complete introduction to distributed principles and paradigms. Author identifies the seven key principles of distributed systems, and presents extensive examples of each. For all developers, software engineers, and architects who need an in-depth understanding of distributed systems. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    as always tanenbaum has come up with a good book ,this time on distributed systems .Though some of the material is not up todate,still makes interesting reading. Would recommend for students and programmers .

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but poor choice of cover art
    Chapters 1 through 4 are a great introduction to Distributed Systems, in the case you have had less than optimal training on the subject in the past - I read these chapters at the beginning of a recent Distributed Systems graduate course since this was the situation I was in. Chapters 5 through 7, which were the main concentration in the course, are also the heart of the text: Synchronization, Consistency and Replication, and Fault Tolerance. The authors write very well, and the diagrams are among the best I have seen, especially if you think visually like me. In my opinion, some of the explanations are drawn out a bit much, or worded in a strange way, but this does not take away from the text's substance. What does subtract from my high opinion of the book is the cover art, which makes it look like a book one would read in grade school. At least one professor in the graduate school I am attending is not interested in using the text for his DS courses for that very reason.

    3-0 out of 5 stars You must be a serious student to finish this book
    I acquired this book after reading Tanenbaum's excellent "Modern Operating Systems, 2nd ed." While I enjoyed that book, I couldn't finish "Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms." Those without a programming background and a serious need to learn distributed design principles won't finish either.

    "Distributed Systems" doesn't engage the reader as "Modern Operating Systems" does. While important topics like communication, processes, naming, synchronization, etc. are given full chapter coverage, discussion within some chapters fall short. For example, why introduce the concept of "little" and "big endian" on pages 74 and 75, but not adequately explain what those terms mean?

    My favorite aspects of "Distributed Systems" were the chapter summaries. I could almost have had my interests satisfied by reading these concise descriptions of key computing ideas. If you don't need this book in the classroom, you'll probably be happy reading the summaries, too.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A rather painful experience
    Some people like Tanenbaum's writing style. Other people find his work tedious and boring.

    I belong to the latter group.

    Most of the book is just waffle... he explains neither the general principles nor the implementation specifics in great detail, but instead spends 10 pages explaining the obvious, follows that with a page with good technical information, then a page of insightful commentary, but then continues again with another 10 pages of pointless chatter.

    Some chapters provide practical information, but it is clearly aimed at the university student -- and has all the excitement of a monotonous lecturer.

    If you're after a to-the-point summary, try something else.

    4-0 out of 5 stars technical but well covering
    This book is the next after the adorable "Modern Operating Systems" by Tannenbaum. The book is well written with a widest and broad view of this area. No wonder because the authors are running a project of building one. The books indeed touches the basic important ideas behind a distributed systems very well and try in later chapters to give some practical view of how it is done. The descriptions at some point are too technical (i.e trivial) and sometimes repeating. a load of some 100 pages could be cut off this book. I am in junior class and I learn it by myself (I couldn't take the course) with no difficulties. On the other hand some other "ACADEMIC", but important aspect are not mentioned at all. For example: Self stabilization. You will not find knowledge on J2EE or Web services in this book, but after reading it all these ideas should look very natural for you - as after reading a good book on a subject. Read it and enjoy, just don't dig yourself too much into dull technical details. ... Read more


    5. Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
    by KevinLoney, Kevin Loney
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    Asin: 0072253517
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-05)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 7449
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    Get a thorough understanding of Oracle Database 10g from the most comprehensive Oracle database reference on the market, published by Oracle Press. From critical architecture concepts to advanced object-oriented concepts, this powerhouse contains nearly 50 chapters designed to enlighten you. Upgrade from earlier versions, use SQL, SQL Plus, and PL/SQL. Get code examples and access popular documentation PDFs--plus a full electronic copy of the book on the included CD-ROM. Go beyond the basics and learn security, text searches, external tables, using Java in Oracle, and a great deal more. ... Read more


    6. MySQL Cookbook
    by Paul DuBois
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    Asin: 0596001452
    Catlog: Book (2002-11)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 10391
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Good programming--which is to say, programming that yields both efficient code and a profitable life for the programmer--depends on not reinventing the wheel. If someone else has solved the problem you're facing (and someone almost always has), you'd be foolish to waste your energy figuring out your own solution. MySQL Cookbook presents solutions to scores of problems related to the MySQL database server. Readers stand a good chance of finding a ready-made solution to problems such as querying databases, validating and formatting data, importing and exporting values, and using advanced features like session tracking and transactions. Paul DuBois has done a great job assembling efficient solutions to common database programming problems, andteaches his readers a lot about MySQL and its attendant APIs in the process.

    DuBois organizes his cookbook's recipes into sections on the problem, the solution stated simply, and the solution implemented in code and discussed. The implementation and discussion sections are the most valuable, as they contain the command sequences, code listings, and design explanations that can be transferred to outside projects. The main gripe readers will have about MySQL Cookbook is that the author, in his effort to cover the range of MySQL-friendly programming languages, uses different languages in his solutions to various problems. You'll see a Perl solution to one programming challenge (Perl, in fact, is the most frequently used language, followed by PHP), a Python fix for the next, and a Java sample after that. Readers have to hope that they find a solution in the language they're working with, or that they're able to transliterate the one DuBois has provided. It's usually not a big problem.--David Wall

    Topics covered: How to make MySQL databases do your bidding--in terms of queries, table manipulation, data formatting, transactions, and Webinterfaces--through the database server's command line interfaces and (more importantly) through the MySQL APIs of Perl, PHP, Java, and Python. Particularly excellent coverage deals with formatting dates and times, management of null values, string manipulation, and import/export techniques. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent All-Around Guide To MySQL Programming
    I am an experienced web developer and recently started using Perl with MySQL to build database-driven CGI applications.
    MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois turned out to be a valuable reference resource.

    While the title mentions only MySQL, the book provides a great deal of solutions (and code) for using MySQL with Perl, PHP, Python and Java. If you are familiar with any of these computer languages, this book and MySQL manual is all you need to start building applications with MySQL-compatible database backend.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hand-on guide to MySQL
    There are many databases out there. MySQL is one of the better ones. It's a free (for personal use) database system which can be easily integrated into a web application on virtually any system. It has supports most of the standard feature found in most database system and has quiet a few features unique to MySQL. This particular book is a good reference for the experienced user as well as for new comers and as an added bonus even covers MySQL 4.0.

    This is book was my first introduction to O'Reilly's cookbook series. It provides solutions to some of the most common challenged faced by the particular subject being covered (in this case MySQL). I thoroughly enjoyed it and was quiet impressed with it. Too many technical books simply introduce the concept without relating it to real world applications.

    This particular book introduces all of the most basic concepts of database manipulation (table creation, data insertion, data deletion, data update). As well as writing simple and advanced SQL statements to retrieve data. It approaches database design using 4 of the most popular languages (Perl, PHP, Python and Java). These are only a few of the many possible languages which can be used to manipulate a MySQL database.

    MySQL cookbook touches on a variety of different topics which I don't have the space or time to cover in detail, but here is a list of them:

    * Handeling duplicates
    * MySQL on the Web
    * Processing Web input with MySQL
    * Using MySQL-based Web Session Management

    One of my favorite topics covered in the book is the idea of storing binary data such as images within a database. Although not ideal for most cases (unless you need fast access to a vast array of images), just the idea of it has a certain kewlness effect.

    Well, overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It needs to touch slightly more on the basic concepts of databases, and it can become the only book you'll ever need for MySQL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a nice addition to O'Reilly's Cookbook series
    As an experienced Oracle DBA I had a need to learn about MySQL for the development of the FmPro Migrator utility to migrate FileMaker databases to MySQL. This book enabled me to quickly learn how to perform tasks in MySQL which are equivalent to what I would perform with Oracle. Congratulations to O'Reilly and Paul DuBois for continuing the fine tradition of Cookbook series books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Style!
    This book is full of examples. This is perfect for a learn-by-example programmer like me. It makes a handy reference, too. He has examples and tips for just about everything the typical MySQL coder would ever need to do. Excellent reference - I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WELL-DONE, OR RATHER, WELL-COOKED
    In this "MySQL Cookbook", Paul DuBois ensured that a wide range of topics were covered. In fact, most Unix and Mac OS X users would cherish the contents of this text. Comprehensive information were presented in a very uncomplicated way. The book did advanced analysis of all MySQL-based scripts which are applicable to Java, Perl, Python and PHP. The same story goes for MySQL-based web scripts under Apache and Tomcat. It gave readers sufficient guidance to codes, using time-saving illustrative examples. However, beginners who need to start from the scratch may not appreciate this advanced approach.
    In conclusion, this is a dependable text that both intermediate and advanced MySQL learners would appreciate. ... Read more


    7. Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit (Web Application Construction Kit)
    by Ben Forta, Raymond Camden, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
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    Asin: 0321223675
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-23)
    Publisher: Macromedia Press
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    With more than 75 of the Fortune 100 companies using it (and more than10,000 organizations employing it worldwide), it’s pretty much a giventhat if you’re developing applications for the Web, you’re going toneed to know ColdFusion at some point! Not to worry: Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kitprovides everything you need to start creating Web-based applicationsimmediately—including the latest version of the ColdFusion WebApplication Server and development environment. Author and ColdFusionmaster Ben Forta starts by covering the fundamentals ofWeb-based database design and then proceeds to show you how to doeverything from create data-driven pages to build completeapplications, implement security mechanisms, integrate with e-mail,interact with Macromedia Flash, and more. From design and installationto application deployment and troubleshooting, this guide’s gotColdFusion covered, including all the features new to the latestversion: structured business reports, rich forms, Enterprise Manager(which lets users cluster multiple ColdFusion servers on a singlemachine), and more! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have 'significantly enhanced' MX 7 book
    I just finished reading ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit. This is another master piece from Ben Forta. This book is definitely "significantly enhanced" than the previous version.

    Like previous version it includes all the basic concepts from installing the ColdFusion to Database concepts, from data-entry forms to new Flash integration features. It is great as a guide to planning and making decisions about development than as a comprehensive reference. I have to say it is great in the manner of which it is written, and is easily understandable. All time favorite explanations in the book like next-n paging, error handling, User Defined Functions (UDF) and ColdFusion Components (CFC) are explained in same lucid and easy to understand language with examples.
    In this new addition, the Flash applications are described in details with examples. The new features of Graphing, Printing, and Reporting are covered in length. The tricks and tips of the MX 7 like recursive directory search using cffile, flash forms, flash paper, Dreamweaver MX 2004 extensions are explained very well by authors.

    Do not forget to read the additional chapters from CD-ROM. The appendix of the book is almost same as previous version with few changes. I will say this book is essential for beginners and advance ColdFusion MX 7 developer.

    Pinal Dave (Macromedia Certified Advanced ColdFusion MX Developer) ... Read more


    8. Enterprise SOA : Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices (The Coad Series)
    by Dirk Krafzig, Karl Banke, Dirk Slama
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    Asin: 0131465759
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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    9. Modern Database Management (7th Edition)
    by Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Mary Prescott, Fred McFadden
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    Asin: 0131453203
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-06)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
    I bought this book for my database class and I found this book to be very useful. If this is your area of study, I would suggest keeping the book as a reference guide. I regret selling mine to a friend, as there were plenty of times where I thought I could refer back to it in other courses and projects.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Up-to-date database technology
    This book not only teaches Database Theories, it also keeps up with the lastest IT happenings that involves databases.

    The DataWarehouse chapter is one article that i've not seen in other database textbooks

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Price NEW & USED
    YOU WILL NEED THIS BOOK IF YOUR GOING TO TAKE Course Materials - Pace University | Web Assisted, Pleasantville

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very practical.
    Indeed, a brilliant rendition of practical information. I am currently working as a chief technical designer in a financial data warehouse project for a fortune 100 company. Chapter 11 (Data Warehousing) unfolded some time-critical points.

    1-0 out of 5 stars IT'S POORLY ORGANIZED AND DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW; NOT INTRO BK
    This is a required textbook for an Intro to DB course. Once again, the University of Texas at Dallas has followed a constant pattern of requiring textbooks that are 1) Poorly organized/written books, 2) expensive and 3)The professor haven't read the book themselves AND are not using/following a required book when teaching their course! This said, my review of this book.

    IT'S POORLY ORGANIZED AND DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW; NOT AN INTRO DB BOOK!

    For example: "Relational Database" - The book begin this topic on "PAGE 11", but does not define nor clearly explain what this is; the book glorify how "...preliminary studies convinced management of the potential advantage of this approach...modern company should implement..." Then, it talks about "Implementing the Relational Database." Ok, but what the f**k is a Relational database! This continues on until finally at "PAGE 259" when it FINALLY defines what this is.

    Good luck! ... Read more


    10. The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
    by RalphKimball, LauraReeves, MargyRoss, WarrenThornthwaite
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    Asin: 0471255475
    Catlog: Book (1998-08-13)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 28206
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    In The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, authors Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, and Warren Thornthwaite present a structure for undertaking the awesome task of implementing a data warehouse. As part of a rather select group of professionals actually experienced in building data warehouses, the authors attempt to convey their expertise about how to approach the job. The book focuses on the "Star Lifecycle"--a high-level project-planning approach to evolving existing information systems into an ever-changing data-warehouse solution. --Stephen Plain ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book makes building a Data Warehouse Possible!
    We were at a lose on how to proceed with putting together an historical database that would track 10,000 discrete survey items from over 800 surveys per year, including survey indications, and official estimates. The real problem was doing it such a way as to make it easy to use, understandable, and accessible to all of our data analysts. We read Inmon's book and decided it would be too complicated and slow if we used his approach. Besides, we wanted true ad-hoc capabilities, and did not want to be hampered by a system that had too little data, or was being controled by someone trying to save nickles on DASD by spending dollars of our time. Kimball's book gave us what we were looking for: a way to build a data warehouse incrementally, using and tracking the lowest level of granularity in our data, and offering simplicity and service without an army of IT consultants. His engineering approach to dimensional modeling, particularly his notion of conforming dimensions puts the traditionalists, like Inmon, out to pasture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A concise depiction of data warehousing methodology.
    This book is the second in a series from the author and more concisely describes not only data warehouse methods, but also the pitfalls. Most people unfamiliar with data warehousing methods think it is simply "cloning" data. As the president of a company who implements data warehouses, we concur with Mr. Kimball and the fact that data warehousing is a "process" and the users of the data warehouse are the single most important criteria to building it. Mr. Kimball takes you through the difficult task of determining your "readiness" for a data warehouse and walks you through the entire process. This book is not for novices, but rather for the experienced individual(s) interested in exploring methods for implementing a solution that historically has at least a 50% chance of failure before it even begins. This book is an architects blueprint, crystalizing the reasons for such a high failure rate and how to avoid the common pitfalls. It won't build the data warehouse for you, but it should be mandatory reading for anybody involved in a data warehouse project.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Recommmended for Anybody
    Sorry to say! But I'm a student specializing in Data warehousing and Ralph Kimball is certainly not getting to any point in The Lifecycle Toolkit!

    1. He gives to many unstructured examples!
    2. He never gets to the point!
    3. Ralph restates and contradicts himself again and again!
    4. He could have summarized the book in 100 pages ( but then would not have made any $$$)
    5. The book might just discourage most people from Data warehousing!

    And the list can go on and on!

    Sorry Ralph better luck next time

    5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to DW Project Management!
    You won't find anything better on DW Project Management.
    Covers everything from introduction to the subject, essential concepts through to recommended and proven industrial practices with checklists. You MUST read this book from cover to cover before attempting to start a DW project. It could make the difference between project success and failure.

    If you are going to be involved in implementing a DW rather than only managing the project then it's definitely worth getting one of Kimball's other books (DW Toolkit/Data Webhouse Toolkit), which cover lower level aspects of designing and implementing a DW, although there is some overlap.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not a one-stop shop for Data Modellers
    PROS
    - Offers invaluable advice based on the authors' experience so that you don't need to re-invent the wheel or make the same mistakes they made (and subsequently learned from).
    - Most useful for Project Managers/DBAs; less so for Data Modellers.

    CONS
    - I purchased this book on the assumption that it offered a comprehensive treatment of all stages of the Data Warehouse project lifecycle (as the cover would lead you to believe). However, it does not offer a comprehensive treatment of Dimensional Modelling. For this, the book actually assumes you have read Kimball's former book - "The Data Warehouse Toolkit - The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling" (which provides a full treatment and practical examples for several industry sectors).
    - I did not like the writing-style. If the authors would have omitted all text like "we believe.." and "in our experience..." I'm sure the book wouldn't have used 800 pages.

    CONCLUSION
    This book has remained by my side throughout the project lifecycle, giving great guidance and pointers to help manage the project optimally.
    However, if you are responsible for Data Modelling, you will also need to buy "The Data Warehouse Toolkit", thereby doubling the overall cost. ... Read more


    11. Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
    by BruceSchneier
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    Asin: 0471117099
    Catlog: Book (1995-10-18)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 17390
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Cryptographic techniques have applications far beyond the obvious uses of encoding and decoding information. For Internet developers who need to know about capabilities, such as digital signatures, that depend on cryptographic techniques, there's no better overview than Applied Cryptography, the definitive book on the subject. Bruce Schneier covers general classes of cryptographic protocols and then specific techniques, detailing the inner workings of real-world cryptographic algorithms including the Data Encryption Standard and RSA public-key cryptosystems. The book includes source-code listings and extensive advice on the practical aspects of cryptography implementation, such as the importance of generating truly random numbers and of keeping keys secure. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A bit out of date, but highly worth reading
    Bruce Schneier's APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY is an excellent book for anyone interested in cryptology from an amateur level to actually being involved in the development of new encryption mechanisms. Schneier's book begins with a simple discussion of what is cryptography, and then he proceeds through the history of various encryption algorithms and their functioning. The last portion of the book contains C code for several public-domain encryption algorithms.

    A caveat: this is not a textbook of cryptography in the sense that it teaches everything necessary to understand the mathematical basis of the science. Schneier does not discuss number theory because he expects those who use the relevant chapters of the book will already have training in higher maths. Nonetheless, the book does contain a wealth of information even for the layman.

    One helpful part of Schneier's book is his opinion of which encryption algorithms are already broken by the National Security Agency, thus letting the reader know which encryption programs to avoid. There will always be people who encrypt to 40-bit DES even though it is flimsy and nearly instantly breakable, but the readers of APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY can greatly improve the confidentiality of their messages and data with this book. Discussion of public-key web-of-trust is essential reading for anyone confused by how public-key signatures work.

    APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY was published in 1995 and some parts are already out of date. It is ironic that he hardly mentions PGP, when PGP went on to become the most renowned military-strength encryption program available to the public, although it is being superseded by GnuPG. Another anachronism is Schneier's assurance that quantum computing is decades away. In the years since publication of APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY we have seen some strides in quantum computer, even the creation of a quantum computer that can factor the number 15. While this publicly known quantum computer is not at all anything to get excited about, it is certain that more powerful quantum computers are in development and classified by NSA. Because a quantum computer can break virtually any traditional cipher, hiding the message (steganography) is becoming more important than ever. In the era of Schneier's book steganography was unnecessary because ciphertext could withstand brute-force attacks, but with advances in computing power steganography is becoming vital to secure communications. It would be nice to see the book updated with this topic, because cryptography and steganography can no longer be regarded as two distinct fields.

    All in all, in spite of its age, APPLIED CRYPTOGRAPHY is recommended to anyone interested in cryptography. It ranks among the essential books on the field, although an updated version is certainly hoped for.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun
    This book is readable introduction to real cryptography. It covers a wide range of topics (block and stream cyphers and hashing and random number generation algorithms) in enough depth, and with sufficient theoretical foundation, to give the reader an honest overview of the field. The last section contains code for many of the algorithms and electronic versions are available through Schneier's web site.

    Throughout the book Schneier manages to include current references to the inevitable political and legal issues. These references are discussed in an engaging manner and without letting them hog the spotlight. On the other hand, in a fast-moving field like cryptography, they are beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. The book was originally published in 1996 and many of the remarks are noticeably dated (though, perhaps, historically interesting).

    Printings before the fifth are also riddled with errors. Fortunately, good errata are available at Schneier's website. They are essential: if you find yourself thinking "That can't be right", it probably isn't.

    Read this book first. Without some college level mathematics you may have to skim some of the chapters; still, you can probably curl up on your couch and read it cover to cover. If, afterwards, you get hooked into following up with Stinson's "Cryptograpy", or Menezes "Handbook of Applied Cryptography", don't say I didn't warn you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reference for any programmer
    Over the long term, this is the applied math book that I come back to most often.

    The first quarter of the book may come as a surprise. It's not about encryption, it's about secure protocols. This is great stuff. It includes secure key exchange, where you and I can agree on an encryption key in a public conversation, but none of the other listeners know what we agreed on. It includes zero-knowledge proofs, ways of establishing authorization without releasing your identity. It includes lots more, as well. The next brief section discusses different modes for using encryption algorithms, key management, and other logistics.

    The third section is what you might have expected: detailed descriptions of many encryption schemes, taking up at least half the book. That includes public key schemes, private key codes, secure hashing algorithms, and all the other details needed for implementing the algorithms. One of the most useful subsections here is a set of pseudorandom number generators. It's not exhaustive, by any means - it omits the Mersenne Twister, for example. Still, it gives a fair set of algorithms, some of which are "cryptographically secure". That means the generator's output strongly resists attempts to find regularities, just the way a truly random sequence would.

    The last two chapters give a brief summary of the practice, legalities, and even culture around cryptography.

    This won't make you into a crypto professional. Despite its 600+ pages, it barely introduces the world of crypto and certainly doesn't release anything from the "closed" world of government agencies. It will, however, give you useful algorithms, a basic background, and an appreciation of just what real crypto is about. That last may be the most important part. Too many people think inventing a good code is like making love: anyone can do it, and they instinctively do it better than most people. Wrong! Real crypto is not for dabblers, and this book gives some sense of what is involved.

    The first edition of "Applied Cryptography" was a landmark text, but the second edition is even better. It's so much better that, if you just have the first edition, you really should upgrade to the second, and I've never said that about any other book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a labor of love
    If you want to buy a book which is a wonderful introduction to cryptography, then you have just found it.
    Many books suffer from excessive bloat where the author tries to be everything to everybody.
    This book is not one of them.
    It's lean and clean and it'll turn you into a mean cryptographic machine.

    Some reviewrs seem to berate the author for:
    a) losing his job
    b) trying to make a buck by writing books
    c) not writing a mathematical tome

    Well, I have some news for you:
    a) Anyone can get laid off from any job at any time - period.
    b) All authors write books for money.
    c) The author clearly states at the beginning of the book under the heading, How to read this book - 'I wrote Applied Cryptography to be both a lively introduction to the field of cryptography and a comprehensive reference...This book is not intended to be a mathematical text.'

    Need I say more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Only good for beginner
    If you have no knowledge on cryptography and want to get some information, this book is suit for you. If you are doing some actual work, it's not a good one. The book does not cover sufficient mathematic knowledge, and contains errors. E.g., the proof of RSA decryption is absolately wrong! Can't beleive! ... Read more


    12. Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
    by RobertVieira
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: 0764543792
    Catlog: Book (2000-11-15)
    Publisher: Wrox
    Sales Rank: 13230
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    What is this book about?

    SQL Server 2000 is the latest and most powerful version of Microsoft's data warehousing and relational database management system. This new release is tightly integrated with Windows 2000 and offers more support for XML, as well as improved Analysis Services for OLAP and data mining.

    Professional SQL Server 2000 provides a comprehensive guide to programming with SQL Server 2000, from a complete tutorial on Transact-SQL to an in-depth discussion of new features, such as indexed views, user-defined functions, and the wealth of new SQL Server features to support XML. Whether you're coming to SQL Server 2000 from another relational database management system, upgrading your existing system, or perhaps wanting to add programming skills to your DBA knowledge, you'll find what you need in this book to get to grips with SQL Server 2000 development.

    What does this book cover?

    Here are just a few of the things covered in this book:

    • A complete introduction to Transact-SQL
    • Database design issues
    • Creating and using views, stored procedures, and user- defined functions
    • Responding to events with triggers
    • Making your SQL Server secure
    • Retrieving your data as XML
    • An introduction to Analysis Services
    • Moving data using Data Transformation Services and the bulk copy program
    • Maintaining the integrity of distributed data with replication

    Who is this book for?

    This book is aimed at the SQL Server developer who wants to make the most out of the new features of SQL Server 2000. No knowledge of SQL Server is assumed, although in order to follow this book, you do need to have an understanding of programming basics such as variables, data types, and procedural programming. Database administration is also covered but only as it affects the SQL Server developer. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete and readable guide to programming SQL Server...
    Occasionally I have the need to leave my IBM/Lotus programming platform and interact with data stored in Microsoft SQL Server 2000. I even have it running on my laptop as a higher-end alternative to Access. I found that the book, Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming by Robert Vieira (Wrox) is a very good reference for manipulating data in that environment.

    Vieira concentrates specifically on the programming aspects of SQL Server 2000 as opposed to teaching you how to administer the server. He does touch on an administration overview in chapter 30, but it's not something you'd read in order to pass an administration exam. Although the title does say "Professional", this does not mean you have to be a veteran SQL programmer to benefit from it. The earlier chapters cover the fundamentals of RDBMS technology, as well as how SQL is used in a SQL Server 2000 environment. The further you get into the book, the more you'll find subjects that are either more advanced or cover techniques you'll use in application development, such as how to build triggers and stored procedures. While you will learn all these skills within the SQL Server 2000 platform, the core technologies are transferable to just about any RDBMS. Time spent with this book will continue to pay off regardless of what database system you need to use at any given time.

    While the content is technical, the writing style is conversational and approachable. It's actually quite easy to read the material and digest the concepts without trying to fight against the author's style. If you have need to work with SQL Server 2000 from a development standpoint, this is definitely a book to consider to guide you along the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A ton of wisdom, delivering on its promises.
    Starting out fresh in SQL server, I first read most of Thearon Willis' "Beginning" book. With many years of IT experience, I quickly switched to this book, and am very impressed. I feel it has delivered on its hope to make me a competent (SQL Server) database developer.

    The strongest points in my opinion include:

    - SQL Server basics, and essentials such as data storage, index structures, locks, constraints, transactions, triggers, advanced queries, cursors, security, replication, bcp, full-text search, and XML output and reports from SQL Server.

    - An easy-reading writing style that puts information into my brain quickly and relatively easily.

    - Solid scope.

    Many other sections I may take a little for granted given experience with databases, but are more than adequate and packed with pain-saving wisdom and useful tips.

    What the author knows he can't accomplish in one book is clearly spelled out. There are solid overviews of performance tuning, DTS, WMI, and Analysis Services, and advice to look elsewhere for more information. One exception is Database Administration, which is reviewed well, but does not suggest looking for other sources of information in addition to this book (likely because a programmer perhaps doesn't need to... but an administrator must.)

    There are few typos, plenty of examples (but no exam-type questions), and good chapter introductions and summaries. 32 chapters and 5 Appendixes are all VERY well organized, from easier to more difficult (generally). One thing I like is that if I get bored or stuck on one item, there's "always" another chapter I'll enjoy.

    This is the best technical book I've read so far and I've no intention to put it down until its read 3 times over. Great value!! 70-229 is within reach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book By Far....
    I've read the MSPress Certification book, BOL (SQL server Books Online), and neither come close to the under standing this book gives. Things I've read 5 times over in the other aforemenioned book and still didn't get an understanding, I read once in this book and understood right off.

    I wished I had this book before taking the admin exam (I passed, but caught heck doing it).

    aaron@aaronford.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best sql server programming book
    This is a very good book for sql server programmers. Not like the other books where you find lots of cut and paste from BOL. I feel every sql server programmer should reed this book. Lots of insight and very good information on sql server. Only a person who loves sql server can write a book like this. A must read!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best SQL 2000 instruction from a very great teacher
    Rob is a natural at teaching his craft, which he knows extremely well. You can tell he is a professional that has mastered his craft and enjoys sharing the information that is essential for anyone to become a true professional in the field. Rob is also very honest. Some writers mention this book v. the 7.0 book not being different? Rob addresses this in the first few pages of this book, as an honest and good man would. You see, there are more differences between 7.0 and 2000 than some people have picked up on is what I believe. Sure there is much similar information. That packaging, title and Rob's own words are quick to show and tell you that. But all in all it was worth a new book for the 2000 upgrade. In fact, there are some MAJOR changes in 2000, so it's worth it just to learn about those and the same great in depth information. I've noticed a second edition of this title but can never find it available. I own this version from the year 2000, and believe me it is ragged from constant use, but would pay for the second editon if I could find it just for any new information Rob has to dispense. I feel this informtion is so well presented and such a great all around tutorial, reference, guide, all in one book I'd pay for the updated info in a second editon gladly.
    Thanks Rob. I personally think you are the best. I wish I worked for you! You are not only a master and completely professional, but you have that magic quality of not being full of yourself in any manner and humble in fact....a very admirable trait.
    A reader who is appreciative and better for your great work. ... Read more


    13. Oracle9i: The Complete Reference
    by KevinLoney, GeorgeKoch
    list price: $79.95
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    Asin: 0072225211
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-16)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 11798
    Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Master all the powerful features of Oracle9i using the exclusive information inside this indispensable resource. Written by best-selling Oracle Press authors Kevin Loney and George Koch, this volume explains how to implement all the components of Oracle9i. This is a must-have reference for all Oracle professionals. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not very thorough
    If you are looking for a brief overview of everything, this book is for you. An developer/administrator looking for detail on any one topic will not find much use for this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best book to Start Learning Oracle
    This is the book to start learning Oracle. This book assume that you know nothing and from there it builds your Oracle Skills. Oracle is very vast but this book has nicely covered all the basic aspects of Oracle that you will need in your day to activity. No doubt that this book will not make you an Oracle Expert but definitely you will learn to move forward. This is the starting point.... This book will make your base for Oracle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference
    I cannot keep this book on my desk my cube and have finally ordered more copies for the rest of the crew. It is a terrific reference for anyone using or developing Oracle products. It is very well-written and contains an index that should be a model to the writers and editors of all technical manuals.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not A Good Reference
    For a book with "Reference" in the title, this book is very poor at providing me with any information I look for in it. Virtually every time I try to find some topic in the book, it isn't there. If I do find what I need in it, the wording and description is so poor that I don't get much out of it. This book is worth having in your library if you are an Oracle DBA, but "Expert Oracle9i Database Administration" by Sam R. Alapati is far and away superior, both in content and in writing style. If you are looking for an Oracle9i book, start with Alapati's book first.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad examples poor coverage
    I've read about 30 Oracle books. I wanted to find this book useful, but after 100 pages, I could not stomach it. Bad examples, poor verbiage, lousy structure, since oracle writers have little competition, the demands for quality are not that great. I found Sams series books much more useful. ... Read more


    14. Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
    by Peter Rob, Carlos Coronel
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    Asin: 061921323X
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-30)
    Publisher: Course Technology
    Sales Rank: 41335
    Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
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    This Sixth Edition takes you clearly and effectively through the entire process of database development and implementation. This market leading text includes new Visio and UML tutorials, as well as a new chapter on Advanced SQL. All appendices are housed on a CD that accompany every copy of the text. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good, thorough book for a tough subject
    A very useful book for a complex subject. To be fair, I must disclose that I just completed the Database Techniques course at Middle Tennessee State with Mr. Coronel as the instructor (a co-author of the book). I do not know Dr. Rob, but Coronel was a great teacher and used the book extensively. We covered the entire book (5th ed) and I have actually read it; unlike some reviewers have admitted too. I believe the book is useful for learning the basics of database design. Topics such as normalization, entity relationships and SQL queries and transactions are very complex. I had been exposed to these topics in other classes, but never quite grasped them. This book helped me understand these topics and to achieve proficiency in using the tools in database design. The problems and review questions at the end of each chapter were useful for applying the knowledge in hands-on exercises to reinforce learning. Other reviewers have given the book low scores for having mistakes and unworkable assignments. Sure the book has mistakes, but I do not believe any book is perfect. The class found some mistakes in the 5 th ed, but those were noted and will be corrected in the next edition. Also mentioned by a reviewer were the assignments that were "literally impossible" to complete. That's curious? I completed them just fine. This isn't a book I would buy to just try to learn on my own. I think you need an experienced teacher to guide you through the process. However, if this book is required for a database class and you are debating whether you should by it, by all means, get it. I think you can learn much from it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting text book, make your study easy!
    This new edition text book cover every issues of modern database design and implement, with popular industral database tools such Microsoft Access and Oracle example. So you can do it right away while learning it. It covers relational database, distributed DBMS, file system, SQL, E-R modeling, normalization, client/server system, object-oriented DB, data warehouse. The book is colorful and graphical, easy to follow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best DB Design and DB Theory book on the market!!!!
    This book is top notch...I've read many DB design books, but this one took the cake..When I took my database design class at my university, the professor was great, but the book was even BETTER!!!! I never knew about "normalizing data" until I saw this book and took the class!!! The theory, concepts, examples, and illustrations are 5-star quality!! I still use this book today, and its more than a year passed now, when I need to look up or refresh myself on a concept...Excellent learning tool, as well as a great reference for DB design....Only one problem, the book is "big" in size!!! Get it IF you can!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on database design
    If you are taking a college level course in the fundamentals of database design and you are having a hard time understanding what your professor is talking about, then this textbook is a must. Your professor might cover the topics in a difference sequence, but you could very easily find your way around in this textbook. It covers all the basics of relational design (which is the topic most colleges teach) in an excellent manner. It is full of textual examples coupled with graphical representations. No need to get the latest edition. Even an older one would do. Have fun with databases.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but perhaps too much so
    First let me just say I liked this book. Why? Because it is a pretty IT book with useful and informative color screenshots and illustrations that are explanatory. It is of course both fortunate and unfortunate that the author uses screenshots of MS Access databases almost exclusively.

    I do wish the author had spent more time discussing web-database application integration. Also, he only used Coldfusion (the most expensive variety) to illustrate web-database interactivity. This is great for learning some basic Coldfusion tagging, but how about something useful for small-time web hosters and others who want to use PHP, which is not only free but more powerful than Coldfusion. Ah well.

    This book is very large in height - you'll see what I mean when you pick it up. The sections on ER diagramming, SQL, normalization, and design are top notch. However when the book gets into the later chapters, and covers more difficult subjects such as distributed database apps, transactional databases and Internet-related topics the coverage becomes a little weak. He does give a fine overview of all the topics presented however and the book is not totally boring to read either. The author is very lucid.

    I recommend this book as an introductory text on databases but nothing more. ... Read more


    15. Ocp: Oracle 10g Certification
    by Tim Buterbaugh, Chip Dawes, Bob Bryla, Chip Dawes, Joseph Johnson
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    Asin: 0782143695
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 637317
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    16. SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
    by James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: 0072225599
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-28)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 18160
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Learn all you need to know about SQL with this one-stop resource.Updated to include information on Web services and XML, this complete guide also comes with a Windows 2000- and XP- compatible CD containing 4 databases (SQL Server 2000,IBM DB2 Version 7.2, Sybase, and mySQL). ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Book covers SQL
    Excellent book, I bought it simply because I wanted to have a reference book for SQL syntax. Don't expect this book to teach you about normal forms and whatnot, it covers the ANSI SQL standard (even SQL2) only, thereby, you'd need to pick up a book on normalization.

    A note to people starting with databases: this book covers SQL syntax, it contains evaluation versions of SQL Server, DB2, and etc. It doesn't cover the actual DBMS themselves, there are books reserved for that. Lastly, before you buy this book, know the theories of relational database design such as normalization, the ideology behind relational database design is fundamental to database design, administration, and maintenance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best computer reference book I've ever read
    I was forced to buy this book for a database class. I didn't fully appreciate it until I took a programming job and found myself using SQL quite a bit. This book lives up to its name, as it is truly a complete listing of all the concepts in SQL. It gives quality examples of how to use embedded SQL, dynamic SQL, and standard SQL. The authors are to be commended as this book is truly easy to read and quite informative. If you are interested at all in working with database programming, I can't recommend this SQL book high enough!! Plus, there is software included on the CD for many DBMS (Oracle, SQL Server, and others), which makes this book a good value.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Out of date
    This book need a re-write to bring it up to the latest SQL standards. If you are still using Pre-SQL92 systems, this book is a pretty good reference.

    However, it leaves out important new information such as the new JOIN syntax.

    I recommend you check other texts to ensure this is the *one* that you want.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been great
    This book is, at the same time, too complete and not complete enough. The entire back half of it deals with things I'll never need, but when it came time to learn the functions, there was hardly any discussion. I've noted that this is the major gripe of other people as well.

    Still, it's many, many, many simple examples are very helpful to a novice/intermediate user such as myself, and I've found it easy to follow because of them.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disapponting re-package
    The book is merely a re-package of the first edition; and what makes things worse - none of the errors of the first one were ever fixed:(it still claims, for instance that Oracle's stored procedures params must be declared as VARCHAR(10) - i.e. it must be sized; such syntax could not possibly compile),some examples do not compile..... Appendix shows installation of Informix,DB2 UDB 5.2, Oracle 8 and MS SQL Server 7.0 - from the first edition,while this second edition's disk includes only SQL Server 2000, DB2 7.1 and MySQL; this had undermined my trust in the "up-to-date content", claimed by the preface and the cover. As in the previous edition, it concentrates on the standard SQL, much of which has nothing to do with implementations (e.g. DOMAIN keyword). Chapter on functions lists 7, 9 (?)functions - out of hundreds implemented by RDBMS!

    To be true, the book was spiced up with several new chapters on XML, EJB etc - a mile wide, an inch deep in coverage...I'd be better off buying separate books on the subject. I wish I could return it. If you cannot avoid it - buy the first edition and save tens of dollars; or - better yet - look for a different book. ... Read more


    17. MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
    by Paul DuBois
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    Catlog: Book (2005-03-10)
    Publisher: Sams
    Sales Rank: 68468
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The unexpected pleasure of reading books about databases is that they are often written by authors with highly organized minds. Paul DuBois and his editors at New Riders have assembled MySQL with a clarity and lucidity that inspires confidence in the subject matter: a (nearly) freely redistributable SQL-interpreting database client/server primarily geared for Unix systems but maintained for Windows platforms as well. What isn't "free" about MySQL (the application) is its server's commercial use; all clients and noncommercial server use are free. DuBois's tome isn't free either, but its list price is modest in light of its value and the value of its namesake.

    The volume is superbly organized into 12 chapters and 10 appendices and contains a concise table of contents and a comprehensive 50-page index. It is peppered with references to the online HTML documentation that comes with the source and binary distributions (which are available and easy to install in stable rpm and tar releases.)

    The first third of MySQL is an excellent instruction tool for database newbies; the second third is a detailed reference for MySQL developers; and the last third consists of clearly annotated appendices, including C, Perl (but not Python), and PHP interfaces.

    Perhaps as an indication of the collective will of the developers of MySQL, DuBois does not separate Windows 95/98/NT design or development specifics from its main discussions. Platform-independent design is a goal, not a reality, and users will have to rely on newsgroups and mailing lists for details. Moreover, security issues are addressed in a mere 18 pages, a large part of which is devoted to standard Unix file and network-access permissions. Next to nothing is mentioned about defense against common hacking strategies, the use of secure shell interfaces, or access encryption.

    Although it is nearly 800 pages in length, DuBois's book is thankfully not encyclopedic. It is a valuable précis of the MySQL database, and its easy-to-skim look and feel will make it an excellent browse for database experts who want to know what is and is not possible within MySQL, the application. --Peter Leopold ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
    When I first got this book I was put off by its size. I mean what developers have time to read books over 400 pages long? And this one is over twice that size. But I started reading it and I found that it is clear and explains things very well. I also found out that I don't need to read the whole book, because it is broken up into different subjects -- really like several books in one book. I am a single independent developer that is working on building a huge PHP, MySQL Web site and I need to know how to use MySQL very effectively and how to optimize what MySQL has to offer. Since I'm outsourcing all my hosting, at this time I don't need to know about MySQL administration, and since I'm only using PHP, I don't need to know about the other APIs, and I can use the appendixes as a reference for functions and such. So I only have to read about 350 pages instead of 1150. And if I find I need to know about MySQL admin or about another API, it's right there.So, I'm happy, and the book is great. I've read 100 pages so far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great as a reference / advanced text
    I was already developing mysql & php sites and apps when i purchased this book, so it was a good buy as a reference text, but if you intent to learn Mysql, there are better books than this one.

    It is deep, slow to read, with rather small text size. For the beginner, i think it's not a good starter. But on the other hand it has almost everything you would want to know about Mysql, with lots of examples and quite well explained.

    I learned Mysql and PHP from Sam's "Php and Mysql web development", and i couldn't recommend that one enough. It's a GREAT text for the beginner. I found myself writing Php/Mysql web sites in less than 3 months, starting from nothing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great MySql book
    I give it 4 stars due to lack of info on the Java APIs. This is the best mySql book on out there!! I have a couple of others and sometimes they conflict. The other books don't tell the whole story like how different table types impact certain features - this book does and it always seems to be right. Buy this one and leave the others behind.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coverage both Broad and Deep
    This book provides excellent broad coverage of all aspects of MySQL and very detailed in-depth coverage as well. I found the chapters on MySQL administration, backup and recovery, and security particularly helpful. The writing is very clear and provides lots of good examples and step-by-step instructions.

    If you want to become a MySQL expert, read this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars In depth look on MySQL
    This book is not for beginners, or at least not for those coming from the GUI world without command line experience. Paul makes heavy use of the command line for his examples, and the book in fact contains a large amount of reference content on the command line tools you can use.

    That said, the majority of the book is written in a well explained fashion, even the reference part at the end has lengthy explanations, so you will always find what you need. The reference section would be the ideal place to look at for type info, function parameters, etc. if the book would not be that heavy, but the precise explanations would not be possible otherwise.

    This book tries to be everything for everybody, which is hard to accomplish. The first section provides an introduction to SQL, but there is also significant info for system administrators and a huge amount of pages on programming with C, Perl and PHP in connection with MySQL. If you are a beginner, and you are not interested in having your own server, or writing C programs, then this book might not be the best choice. However, if you would like to have a broad overview with details wherever you need, this book is advisable. ... Read more


    18. Access 2002: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM)
    by VirginiaAndersen, Virginia Andersen
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    Asin: 0072132418
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-19)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 31160
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Master all the powerful features of Access 2002. This complete reference explains in full detail how to design and use Access tables, queries, forms, and reports and maximize all the program's capabilities. Chapters on VBA techniques pave your way to Access programming, and a special section on using Access on the Internet is also included. The CD-ROM contains database files from the book's examples so you can recreate the sample projects. You'll also get Test Yourself software to help you prepare for the MOUS Certification Exams for Access 2002. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good entry level book
    This book is a very good reference manual.
    It has detailed information on every major aspect of Access.

    The VBA programming and the queries are treated fairly lightly, so if you plan on doing advanced queries or use SQL a lot, you should augment your purchase with another book. The same applies for VBA programming.

    I found that there are sometimes too many repetitions of very basic UI operations, which make the book unnecessarily big.

    Overall, it is a good book to get started, then you should acquire specific books in areas you need further information. It is not a "complete" reference, as the title suggests.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference
    I needed a reference for work, one that was easy enough for a my co-worker, a non-programmer, to use and yet detailed enough to be useful for me. I browsed through most of the current versions of Access references, checking the details, coverage and examples for something that might meet my requirements. While it is impossible for any book to be everything to everyone, this one comes very close to meeting my needs with regard to Access.

    Note, this is not a manual for learning SQL, or VBA. Both essential if you want to really step beyond the basic elements of Access usage. However, this book addresses the essential usage elements of working with Access - tables, queries, forms and reports - as well as several less 'basic' elements like security, environment customization, and multi-user environments. The material is extensive, the examples are well explained, and the topics are well organized. If I were to teach a class on Access, I'd use this as the text.

    I have not been disappointed with this book. P-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Response to unfair criticism
    The person who gave this book a poor rating obviously didn't read it, or doesn't know how to read. This is an excellent book, very thorough in its coverage, and well-organized. It even has a reference guide on the cd that comes with it, which is much easier than the book to take with you on the go. I have tried learing Access using another book that covers all the programs that come with Office XP, but it was frustrating in its meager coverage of important points. The ONLY improvement that could be made to this book is a more detailed chapter on creating relationships and a more thorough discussion of designing databases. However, in its practical discussion of creating the database and searching through it, it is superb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough and Easy to Use
    This book is an excellent reference for not only Access 2002 but 2000 as well. The author does a fine job of introducing basic concepts in the early chapters and building on that knowledge toward more complex procedures. The ideal reader for this reference will probably be someone with a mid to advanced beginner understanding of Access all the way through the intermediate to advanced range. The pages are chock full of graphics (screenshots) as well as some step-by-step hands on examples. The text was clear; table of contents and index are well organized.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Reference
    I gotta agree with Bruce; a previous review was unfair. I don't know what kind of work a reader in NoCA is doing, but as an Access instructor, I can assure you, this book is no waste of time. I open it frequently. It's extremely easy to understand and full of good graphics. Easy to read and still comprehensive enough to be honestly called a reference book. Five stars, for sure. ... Read more


    19. SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
    by Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
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    Asin: 0201433362
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-21)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    To the people who are accomplished in its use, Structured Query Language(SQL) is a highly capable, eminently flexible, even beautiful way of describingthe data that you want from a database, or the changes that you want to make toa database. For the rest of us, however, SQL is a first-class nuisance that wedo our best to avoid by relying on relatively user-friendly--but usually lesspowerful--tools. SQL Queries for Mere Mortals aims to bring SQL-phobescloser to the first camp by tutoring them carefully in what SQL can do.

    The authors recognize that SQL queries usually come about as a result ofquestions from human beings, and so usefully spend a fair bit of time showinghow to convert, say, "In what cities do our customers live?" into, "Select cityfrom the customers table" and, finally, "SELECT city FROM customers" in SQL.They call this the "translation and clean up" process, and it's a fine approach.They don't press it too far, however, and are equally adept at presentingstraight explanations of SQL syntax elements in prose. They spend a lot ofenergy graphically diagramming aspects of SQL syntax in a format that requiressome up-front study. A particular reader might prefer text capsules to thisarrow-intensive format, but other learners might like the graphical syntaxdiagrams. --David Wall

    Topics covered: ANSI SQL/92 for people who need to use it to make queriesagainst business databases. The authors introduce one or two syntax elements ata time--SELECT, WHERE, JOIN, UNION, and so on--and cover data extraction, datainsertion, filtering, joins, calculations, and other capabilities of genericSQL. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Really query what you want
    After reading this book I finally understood table relationships and how to retrieve the information I wanted from multiple tables at once. I have never had queries put across in such a clear simple manner. I had been working with ASP / SQL queries for about a year and was just muddling through with sub-tables and linking. I was creating databases with redundant information just so I didn't have to link tables. This book allowed me to streamline my database and improve the speed and simplicity of my ASP pages. This book focuses on select queries almost exclusively, but this is I think a strong point not a weakness, since most of the time you are pulling information out not inserting or updating. Works very well with it's companion book Database design for mere mortals

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Resource
    I sat down with this book as I tried to bring myself up to speed on working with database design and operation. After reading the "companion" Database Design for Mere Mortals, I tackled SQL Queries for Mere Mortals. While some of the beginning was redundant, it popped me into buiding SQL queries with a ton of examples and hands on exercises. Slowly building your knowledge and allowing you to see how the pieces can stand alone or interlock in the syntax, you are given more and more specific examples to help understand the concept.

    Is it exhaustive? No. Is it a quick reference? Not really. What it is though is a good reference piece when I'm trying to remember how do write sytnax for a specific query, showing me a real life example, instead of a list of just possible uses. Many references simply give you the generic terms built into one example statement like "Outer Join Table1, Table2 on Field1 [Order by]...." Instead, this book shows you using databases you are introduced to so you see the syntax in action. Since I don't use SQL every day, it's nice to go here to jump start my brain after some time also. A great book for someone getting into database queries, or who works with them occasionally and needs a guide.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good but flawed
    First, I have to say that I liked this book very much. It is clear and to the point. The examples and excercises are also extremely helpful. I particularly like the fact that they include several very different sorts of databases on the attached CD ROM.

    There are two things that keep me from giving it the full five stars. The first problem is that the autthors introduce a method for converting requests in english into SQL queries that is next to useless. It starts with a request for data (in english) and proceeds to a "translation" into something like SQL. Finally you are supposed to convert the translation into valid SQL by "cleaning it up" (i.e. deleting extraneous words). However, there is no explanation of how you get from the request to the "translation". Luckily this method is not necessary to follow the otherwise well thought out explanations in the book.

    The second problem is that the excercises in the book don't work out the way they are supposed to (i.e. the number of rows returned by the query is not always the number of rows they tell you it is supposed to return). This is because the excercise databases are slightly different than the solution databases. This caused me plenty of headaches trying to debug my SQL until I discovered the problem.

    Even with these problems, this is the best beginners book on the subject I've yet come across.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but outdated
    This book is well written, however, it is out of date. We have had SQL 2000 installed for a couple of years now, and I was hoping to use this book to help me along. While it is good at communicating ideas, it falls down on syntax since it's out of date.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE book for beginner SQL users
    This books is about to change my life. Call me dumb, but after buying 3 other books, I was still at loss how to just sit down and find the things I was looking for in the database. This is the book that opened my eyes. If you're a beginner, start with this book and you'll save yourself money, time, and your boss asking every 5 minutes, why are you taking so long??? ... Read more


    20. Managing And Using Mac Os X Server
    by Michael Bartosh
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    Asin: 0596006357
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
    Sales Rank: 80425
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