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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David McAmis
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Leaves a lot to be desired


I am developing VB.NET application and this applications needs to print out several reports and I have found out that one of the reports is very complex. I have heard of how "ease-of-use" is Crystal Report, and I buy this book and try to find out if this book can offer me solutions to build the type of report I want. To my disappointment, it cannot produce the report. The complex report is like this: I have 3 tables. One is header and the other two are details tables. The header and the details are linked by a primary and foreign key. Whatever matched in the header primary key, the detail records must be shown. (Left outer join I will say). One of the detail tables must display the record in horizontally and the other detail table must display the record vertically. I know this can be achieve if I use programming to program it, but it time consuming and more effort have to be consumed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows XP Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Readable and Detailed


Mark Minasi is a great writer, with the ability to take a complex subject, like Windows XP, and make it fairly readable. This book is typical of the "Mastering" series, however, and is not intended for light weights. If you are a home or private user, you may be better served with something akin to the "Windows for Dummies" variety. I'm not trying to be condescending, just realistic. This book is highly detailed and goes well beyond the average users needs. However, the first 89 pages of this book present a color plated introduction to using XP, which I found very helpful and better than most related products on the market. The first 89 pages alone are worth the price of this book for most of us. As an administrator, this book will also serve you well with its detailed explanations, extensive graphics and screen shots, and Mark's interpretation of Microsoft's technical manuals.
Compare this book to Microsoft's publication of "Windows XP" (ISBN: 0735618054).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Efficient and effective PMP preparation tool


This 244 book fills in the gaps in the PMBOK 2000, and also provides complete coverage of professional responsibility topics and requirements. It's designed as a 120 hour course of instruction, and is focused on the important knowledge factors that you'll encounter on the PMP exam.
It provides clear and complete explanations of the PMBOK 2000 core concepts without the fuzziness or verbosity that characterizes the PMBOK. It also contains exercises and practice exams to help you prepare, and gives tips on what to study, including material that will be on the exam that is not covered in the PMBOK.
What I like about this guide is the lack of fluff, the focus on learning the exam and the preparatory advice that is given.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Official GNOME 2 Developer's Guide
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Matthias Warkus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book


As the author already states in the introduction the book doesn't cover all the aspects of gtk and gnome, because then the book would be over 1000 pages, but with what it covers it covers very well and you can have a great start with gnome programming.

The rest you can probably find out from the online documentation or the author has to write a part II