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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exceptional quality in a computer manual


I cannot work without this book. Stuck with a poor database structure and huge volumes of data, I have had to explore every trick of the trade. Few computer books in general provide information that is accurate, helpful, and not repetitive of manuals and online material that is already available to you. This book is of exceptional value. Someone swiped mine and believe me, I must have another copy. How many of the computer books you have purchased get that kind of respect?
Warning: Beginners may need another book and it is not a replacement for your SQL vendor specific reference.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
FF7 strategy review


This guide is good, but sometimes the maps are a little hard to understand. However, it is organized, neat, and descriptive. a good guide that covers all the kinks of an awesome game. AN ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE IF YOU WANT TO FIND ALL THE SECRETS THIS GAME HAS TO OFFER. Note that this guide gives everything away, and is best used for going back through the game after defeating Sephiroth the first time. A 5-STAR GUIDE!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP and MySQL, 3rd Edition
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Kevin Yank
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Introduction for beginners, has technical flaws


I'd like to recommend this book because there is a lot going for it. The text is readable. The illustrations and screenshots are well done. And the book presents a nice learning curve from beginner to reasonably high level concepts. But the book has some technical flaws that other beginning PHP books do not. An example is the authors use of SQL, a primary feature of this type of book, which is implemented using string concatenation. This type of SQL is not only inefficient, it's also prone to SQL injection attacks which means that any code based on this book will have serious security issues.

There are some very good parts, however. The chapter that introduces relational databases is very well done.

I recommend O'Reilly's Learning PHP 5 as an alternative to this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
VERY GOOD GUIDE


The guide told me where to get and find the best armor, accessories, Materia and so much more. I never would have gotten a Gold Chocobo or "Knights Of The Round" or defeated Emerald WEAPON without it. Nice job!!