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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not Real Impressed !

The book is very wordy, but vague. It should not take 1200 or so pages to explain it's contents. The book does not readily get to the point. The chapters on SQL were very poorly written. The syntax for commands were not adequately explained and were horribly intertwined in the examples, such that it was difficult to derive the real syntax for individual clauses and commands. Chapters on modeling the database via ER and EER were also vague and written very poorly. Examples throughout the book used coincidental values and scenarios that mask out the true nature of the concepts being proposed. The author should have taken the time to put in "meaningful" examples. The exercises at the end of each chapter do not define the scope of questions being asked. They are too open ended. If it were not a requirement that I use this book, I would not waste my money on it! I could have written a better book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: DINO ESPOSITO (WINTELLECT), Dino Esposito
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Terse and lacking description

As previously stated with the other reviews, the guide presents some interesting aspects of data presentation and manipulation with .NET. The text greatly lacks in the area of explanation leaving the reader to make conclusions for themselves; Thus, flying in the face of the purported purpose of a technical treatise on ASP.NET and/or ADO.NET. This did serve as a good companion to the other ASP.net books in my possession. Donny Mack's Programming Data-Driven Web Applications and Jesse Liberty's well known ASP guide for overall coverage.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Go ahead.. add another to your Fowler collection

Martin Fowler does it again. He manages to capture complexities of enterprise class application development in a simple, easy to read book.
If you've read any of Fowler's other titles, the structure of this one will come as no surprise. The first have of the book discusses the patterns in "narrative" format, and the second half presents them in reference format. If you are new to this subject, I highly recommend reading through the narrative section to understand how the patterns fit together.
If you've been involved in enterprise application development before, chances are you can simply flip to the second half of the book and start skimming the patterns. Each is only a handful of pages long and is accompanied by a description, use cases and example code.
Like other "patterns" titles, if you've been doing software development for a while you'll read the patterns and think "oh.. of course, I did that in xyz project". The patterns themselves may not be groundbreaking and chances are you've seen them in some form, but having a well documented reference of them nearby will be an asset to any software development effort.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book with some issues.

This book is huge... I mean... HUGE!!! There is an incredible amount of information. You will learn OOP, TCP/IP, multi-threading, some ADO.NET and a whole lot more. One of the problems is that since this book covers so many different topics, most of time you're really only scratching the surface. That isn't all bad however, as you will get a basic understanding of a lot of different subjects and from there you can pick up other books that delve deeper and you can go through them with more confidence. One other problem is that the book seems to get quite dry and after awhile it feels like a chore just to get through to the next chapter.

This book packs in loads of examples, quizes and excercises that force you to really learn each topic covered. Some excersises can actually get quite tough, which is good. If you can make it through this entire book and complete all the quizes, excercises and such, then you will come out a pretty good programmer.