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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
For beginners - darn good start.

Ok - so I agree with most everyone else - for my exposure to databases it was a ways below my level. But for a beginner it is a great book... lighthearted and easy to read and understand.
Do you want to buy this book - answer this... do you know the PROPER way to create a many to many relationship in a database? If you do - then you dont need this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Chappell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Guide for Sifting through the .NET Maze

I am very pleased to highly recommend "Understanding .Net A Tutorial and Analysis".
To quote the author ".Net is Huge." Which, as a software developer, was my first impression too!
This book successfully addresses the first two .Net issues. What is it? Where do you start exploring?
"Understanding" is not a code intensive cookbook describing the "how to's" of the .Net system. "Understanding" does tackle the technical management issues from a general overview to a very detailed bullet by bullet explanation of the major components, their purpose and how they fit into the bigger .Net picture.
Most concepts are summarized on margin notes and major concepts are analyzed as a half and full page breakout discussions designed to put the concept in perspective. This technique makes the book true to its title and an interesting read.
If your company is considering .Net buy an extra copy for your boss.
Pat Tormey PEFoursquare Solutions Inc.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Good Introduction

Hunter & Crawford present a solid introductory text to the subject, presenting fairly little fluff. While they avoid discussion of more complex issues, the clarity with which the topics are handled allows the reader to scale the examples to real world problems easily. The only concern I had with this book was the coverage of Java Web Server to the exclusion of all others. Overall, a worthwhile purchase.