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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Save your money, and time..

If you are looking for a Transact-SQL reference book this is NOT it. Perhaps it was my fault in buying a book based on the title "SQL Server 2000 Programming". I thought what I was getting was comprehensive text book with a lot of tricks and tips, and examples of how to program in SQL Server 2000. What was I thinking? I wish I had a nickel for every time I have looked the index for a certain topic, only to find it wasn't there. In a 1389 page book about SQL Server programming, you would expect to find a reference to `SET ROWCOUNT' somewhere it in. Well, guess what, it isn't there, at least not in the index. This is only one of many examples. I have yet to find any useful information in this book, yet its packed with verbiage. So I can only conclude it was written for someone else, and mis-titled. Wrox has dropped the ball with this book. Save your money, and don't waste your time with this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great place to start.

Anyone that's ever touched a programming language that wants to learn C should start here. Especially all of you recent additions to the UNIX/Linux world -- buy it now, pass it on to someone else later.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
excellent introduction and good HTTP discussion

This is a great book if you'd like to get going with JSP/Servlets. Especially usefull are the bits about HTTP headers, response codes, things like that, which really get you into the heart of the HTTP protocol and using servlets to actually extend the power of the server, not just generate dynamic documents. Also, very cool display of servlet power by creating dynamic excel spreadsheets- a good example of how you can use servlets to build a server to serve just about anything. A bit weak on applet/servlet communication. I would recommend this book and the O'Rielly "teakettle" book on servlets as a good basis, taken together.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Perspective From the Inside

Having personally worked (and plan on working for after I graduate from college) for Intel, Corp. Mr. Grove offers some of the insights to the success of Intel. Strategic Inflection Points (SIP) are applicable in any business, but in a high tech world, SIP's tend to occur more often. Mr. Grove, currently also teaching at Stanford Business School, offers examples of SIP's and how he, and Intel, has dealt with these market changing pressures. In addition, through his book, he also gives insight to the type of company, and corporate culture that is present at Intel, and how only through this type of verticle cooperation can a Santa Clara start-up become the techology giant it is today. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever heard of the name "Intel" and discover what it really means to be "Intel Inside"