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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for all business units!


Rich's book has simplified the complex, all too often overwhelming topic of the IT infrastructure and broken it down into a non-technical, common sense format. For those immersed in their highly technical, specialized computer focus, he has brought together the IT Big Picture - A must read for all business units and IT departments. Mark A. Morales, Manager of Telecommunications, Option One Mortgage Corporation



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering ColdFusion MX
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Arman Danesh, Raymond Camden, Selene Bainum
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Standard Fair, nothing special if you've used CF before


This book is ok, especialy if you are a newbie to CF programming. My problem with this book is that it reads alot like the CF 4.0-5.0 books that I've seen. The vast majority of the chapters are the same as the books befor this one, which is fine if you haven't used CF before. If you have, save your money, and get the CF MX Developer Cookbook, or The CFMX Bible, which will give you more "how to" info. You'll find the same how to create queries, how to create a loop, how to ...etc. type info that the CF 4.0-5.0 books offered. Of course this book includes new info (e.g. using CFC's, new functions. etc), but there's not enough of this to justify the money. Again this book is fine if you're new to CF, but if you've got experience with at least one previous implementation of CF, save your money, and buy one of the other books I mentioned.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'm reluctant to write this but I owe it to the author


The first thing I realized reading this book was that althoughI've played alot of poker (successfully) in my life I did't know much about Hold'em. I am sure a player can make money playing against less infomed players.The problem is I am (still learning)the less informed player. I now know I can't win without abetter strategy. This book has a better way. I also found it a comfortable read although it contains alot of statistical information which is absolutly necessary to understand before any real progress can be made in your game. Lets face it if your looking for a hold'em book things arentgoing so well. I'm confident your game will improve as mine has.I highly recommed this book



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Spectacular!


This book has many positives with few negatives. The topics covered are diverse and extremely relevant. The book starts out with am overview of DTS and its wizard. It then covers the designer, the DTS COM object model, and even the interface required to build your own tasks to include in DTS. An unexpected and added benefit was its delineation between SQL 2000 and SQL 7 DTS functionality. This book can be reliably used as a reference for both environments.
The only downside was the books length and the inclusion of extraneous material, such has how to load a data warehouse with DTS. However, as the chapters were well encapsulated, these areas could be skipped without missing core DTS information. It is still well worth the five stars.