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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server 2000 Fast Answers for DBAs and Developers
Publisher: Glasshaus
Authors: Joseph Sack
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Immediately Useful


Not a tutorial, but a practical working guide to administering SQL Server 2000. Lots of "How to" items covered.
You don't need to read the entire book in order to benefit from it. Specific topics are covered using Checklists to make sure you don't miss anything important. Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
only book for A+


I read the book to help me pass my a+. i had no real previous knowledge of pc's b4 this book. as a total beginner, i read the book, studied and passed my A+. not only that i went from not knowing how to remove ram, to building my own pc from scratch and pc's for friends and fam. the A+ certification passport, also buy mike meyers is an ok book, but id stay away from it. anyways, this is the only book id recomend for the A+ exams. the acompanying software is top notch 2. id give it a 10 star rating if i could!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Treat for students and educators


This is a great introductory networking text. Kurose and Ross acknowledge that today, when we talk about "Computer Networking", we are really talking about the "Internet". They explain computer networking using the Internet as a guiding light. Besides being a great textbook for an introductory networking course, the book is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning what makes the Internet "tick".
Kurose and Ross' writing is direct, to the point, and easy to follow. Oftentimes, networking principles are explained with human analogies, which really help in getting the point across. Kurose and Ross manage to convey the principles of computer networking (often considered "dry" material) in a technically precise yet entertaining way. A good measure of humorous bits and off-the-cuff remarks are sprinkled throughout the text, making the reading fun (students love it).
Interesting sidebars on the history of the Internet and the implementation of networking principles in practice provide additional background. The book features interviews with the very people who designed the principles upon which the Internet is built. The interviews add to the "entertainment value" and lend the book a sense of authenticity.
The book is accompanied by a great web site (password comes with the book), which provides valuable web links and applets to play around with. There are also on-line quizzes, which are graded automatically and allow students to test their knowledge. These web features are especially helpful for distance learning students. The authors also provide a full set of lecture slides, which are an invaluable resource for instructors.
In summary, a highly recommended book, learning about computer networking has never been more exciting and fascinating.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Critical: Gaining Competitive Advantage through High-Quality Web Content
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Authors: Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An appeal to sanity in creating meaningful Web content


Too much, far too much content on the Web is not presented in a way that makes use of the media the way it is meant to be used. I have been guilty of this myself and soon realized that a different approach to writing and presenting content on the Web was essential. Since reading this book eagerly from cover to cover I soon realized the wisdom of the approach presented by Gerry McGovern and Rob Norton. Less is more! Yes! Drill down to the facts and the heart of your Web content. I'm looking for information, don't waste my time with pretty colors and graphics, I want to learn!
This book has inspired me and given me a new attitude to my work - I teach System Analysis and Design at the University of Regina. My students now use this book in my classes! They tell me this book has been invaluable in creating effective Web sites for clients as part of their term project. I have observed that the extent to which the Internet has penetrated organizations has outstripped our understanding of the effective use of the technology. This book resolves that conundrum. You won't go wrong in buying this book.