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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000/Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Evan Callahan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great beginner's book


Great book to use if you have never programmed in VBA before. The examples are relevant and there is enough information to get you on the road to more advanced topics. Would have given 5 stars but at times the book has a bit of a "do this, this and that" attitude and not enough "Here's why you are doing this, this and that"



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Exam 700 Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Roger E. Sanders
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Hema


A very good book for clearing the certification. Lot of explanation in this book is written keeping in view of certification. But it is a very good book for even interviews also. Prior experience in DB2 would be a plus to enhance your understanding. The chapter on locks is very good and you would not forget the different locking scenarios after reading this book. I have cleared the exam with 80%. Be careful while answering the queries in exam, becoz most of the questions look alike as in the book but answer will not be the same as there is a slight difference in framing the question.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Shelley Powers, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Like a raft to a sinking sailor!


And I mean sailor, not someone who hasn't seen a body of water and is out on a $200 cruise! In other words, this book would be a great help to intermediate to advanced UNIX users, while it'll leave novice programmers in a ball game with the vice president. Every page has at least 3 mantras and the chapters are packed with "rabbit-out-of-the-hat" tricks that'll amaze (and scare off!) anyone looking over your shoulder at your terminal as you try out one of the numerous recipes mentioned in this book. Definite asset for any serious UNIX programmers (or wannabe's)!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Crystal Reports 9
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Cate McCoy, Gord Maric
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very disappointing for a beginner


This has to be the worst title I have picked up in a while. The author rambles on and on and on about things that have nothing to do with Crystal Reports. Endless filler material here with sample code that looks like it came straight from the Crystal web site. In terms of report design and use, Crystal: The Complete Reference (Peck) is a much better book and I wish I could swap this one for it!