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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Common Statistical Methods for Clinical Research: With SAS Examples
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Glenn A. Walker
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
decent book

This book have a lot of examples with sas codes, outputs, and explanations of outputs, which is useful for practitioners. Recommended for practitioners, but not for serious statisticians who seek in-depth and accurate, a little more mathematical treatment of the topics instead of just explanations of sas codes/outputs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must for the PMP Exam!

On May 3rd, I took and passed the new PMP exam with room to spare, and I give a lot of the credit to this book. Due to the excellent coverage of the material, there were no questions or topics that took me by surprise. If you're preparing for the PMP exam, this text is a must!
Good luck on the exam!Chris Miller

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for the Apple computer user

I would highly recommend Apple Confidential 2.0 to ANY computer user, whether a PC slave or dedicated Mac addict.
Mr. Linzmayer's insight into the Apple world should answer any questions regarding the history of personal computers and his knowledge of the Apple Company is second to none.
Who knows, after reading the book, current PC users may even acknowledge that the Mac and Apple operating system is superior and may even consider a switch as many of us have done.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quality content that's easy to understand

I ordered this book in a time of need: what was supposed to be someone else's project was left hanging when they transferred away, and I happened to be the next best candidate, despite knowing very little about PHP and SQL. So, I checked around, and this book was brought up on a number of occasions as a quality source of information for beginners. A few days later it was sitting on my desk, and I began thumbing through it to get a feel for it.

First of all, I was very impressed by the style of the book. The author uses visual cues to great effect, showing you how your code and the finished result should look. This promotes writing pretty, manageable code, and ensures that you get the right results (or, when you're getting an example of a common pitfall, that you messed things up properly). The author starts you off on what could be real project, and builds useful skills that you're likely to use in a variety of projects. Layers of complexity are added to this same project, with detailed and clear explanations of what you did and how it works. The introduction of SQL is done well, and ensures you've got a solid foundation in the principles of how it works before you add it to your script.

Much, much more is covered by the 'tutorial' bit of the book, and there's also a number of case-study-style projects after it. A number of common projects are built up on the assumption you've read the rest of the book and know what you're doing, and the code itself (downloadable from the author's webpage) is very useful as a starting point for your own projects. Ullman's webpage is also an exceptionally useful resource, far surpassing any other I've seen. There are regular giveaways of new books, all the code samples are collected there, there's detailed errata collected by the author himself, and most useful of all, there's a forum where the author and other readers of the book can help you with your coding struggles. I asked a few questions there and got a quick, detailed, useful response, and a good explanation of where I'd gone wrong. Help like that will normally run you $75/hr.

After reading through the book (and referring to it as necessary), I was ready to go. Over the span of three months and starting with essentially zero knowledge, I wrote two fairly large and complex scripts with the help of this book. My stumbling points were few, and the work impressed everyone who saw or used it. If you need a crash course in PHP/SQL site development, or are simply interested in a comprehensive book that'll bring you to a solid intermediate level in your PHP scripting with an SQL backend, this is an excellent choice.