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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe GoLive CS Classroom in a Book, Revised Edition (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Time for a Recall

I consider myself an intermediate software engineer, and this book was written way too fast, and released for publication even faster. It's better than nothing (not many "Go Live" books out there) but I wish I'd waited to spend my money on something better written AND USEFUL. C'mon Adobe - you're better than this!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCDBA, MCSE, MCSD, MCAD Training Guide (70-229): SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation
Publisher: Que
Authors: Thomas Moore, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent SQL Server resource

Despite the fact that I've worked with SQL Server since the days when the manual said "Sybase" (SQL is a spawn from Sybase), I am always amazed and delighted to find the pieces I still don't know. One of the benefits of studying for exams is that these tidbits become more relevant. Programming is a great field, because we can never get bored.
This book assumes that you are a relative beginner, and the 70-229 test assumes both programming and administration knowledge. There is therefore a lot of ground to cover. Due to its Que Training Guide format, the information is properly chunked for digestability. The first 9 chapters talk to the programmer, the rest to the administrator.
You need two learning styles to pass the exams: one for understanding and one for memorization. I not smart enough to do the second without the first. This Training Guide is an excellent resource for understanding SQL administration concepts.
The fact is, the 70-229 is a moving target. I base this on the fact that all 70-229 books carry both programming and administration information, but the Microsoft "Skills Being Measured" focuses almost solely on programming skills. I think that one is well served by reading and truly understanding this book, but then getting the latest certification buzz before taking the exam.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSE/MCDBA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation, Exam 70-229, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Sales book, not good for certification

I bought this book, thinking I would get certified.
I spent 2 months reading the pages, and doing the exercises.
Then I went to take the exam... Failed 3 times before I actually threw the book away and searched for another training source. And I'm not a dufus; I've passed many certification exams in the past.
This book contains SOME quality information, but if your goal is to get certified, just read Books On Line and totally disreguard the existance of this book.
Its common knowledge that the goal of MS certification tests is to test your ability to transform working knowledge of a product into real world application, and for that reason, an effective training source should simulate that real world expierence. This book fails to do this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Kevin Loney
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

As a DBA who travels around the country constantly, my main reason for purchasing this book was the CD-ROM which claims to contain a copy of the book in pdf format along with code examples. Imagine my surprise when I found the included CD is blank. The book is for the office, the CD for the road. Osborne needs to get their act together. I haven't a clue how to get a good CD without returning the book.