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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Dark Side Sourcebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, J.D. Wiker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Dark Side...

It is abouttime that the OTHER side of the Force is reveled. I like the book as a Star Wars fan and as a role-playing sourebook. I like all the stats, the background on the Sith and information I didn't know. I can't wait untill the other sourcebooks come out. Until then, pick up a copy and KNOW THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An introduction to advanced SQL

This is a good book when used correctly: as an introduction to advanced database topics for someone who is already comfortable using SQL for "normal" problems. It is not a manual, a textbook, or an introduction to SQL. There are many parts of this book that I did not understand at all the first time I read them, but that I understood and found useful later when I returned to the book in the hope of getting ideas for a particular problem. Also, this book does not shy away from providing useful suggestions for procedural algorithms in areas where standard SQL is not enough. A few thought-provoking technical books like this are a good addition to a technical reference library.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-291): Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: J.C. Mackin, Ian McLean
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book, poor exam

Having experienced the monster exam 70-216 for MCSE 2000 I was very curious whether this W2k3 book lived up to the task. The 70-216 MS Press book was poor to say the least.
I was surprised that not only this book was excellent to read, but it even filled in some things I didn't know before. The hands-on exercises were good as well.
Things like CIDR were discussed in a very clear way which made me think why did I find this difficult before. Likewise the book isn't superficial but goes for in-depth knowledge and insight, just what you also need in real-life.
Simply stated this book has excellent depth and covers nearly all subjects, only some security related things get less attention than on the exam (SUS is emphasized in every exam so it seems). Then again, these should be known from the 70-290 exam and seem to be common knowledge for just about every exam.
What was disappointing however was the exam, of the topics in the book only 1/3 was covered in the questions I got.
This is the type of book MS Press should have made for the 70-216 exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a must have for beginner

I look for a beginning perl book that teaches me Perl in a programmer to programmer tone, assuming I already have basic programming skills. After many books, finally, I got learning perl which helps me learn as well as appreciate Perl as a programming language. I always think that perl is only useful as a CGI scripting language. But it actually is a very good language to work with UNIX and to do text formatting. This book presents different topics of Perl, including Regular Expressions, Filehandles, Formats, Directory Access, Database Access, CGI. I particularly love the regular expression chapter, it's concise and simple. though you may find there are not enough details on some topics e.g. CGI, please remember this book is only 302 pages for beginners. If you want more specific details on a particular topics. you should go to another book. The examples in the book are not just naive and useless in the real programming world, but they are really useful and handy for you to cut and paste to your perl projects. One of the best features of the book is the exercises after each chapter. Those questions are really testing what you have learn in each chapters. From the questions, you will know whether you already master the chapter or not. the answers provided are not just answers, the authors explain the them too! As a beginner's book, "Learning Perl" does a good job to teach readers to write useful perl programs and scripts.