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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Allan N. Packer, Sun Microsystems Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Total Coverage

This book doesn't belong on your bookshelf it belongs on your desk beside your workstation. Mr. Packer's clarity, conciseness and comprehensiveness in his coverage of a complex topic is a tour de force that few technical writers are able to achieve these days. Written for an intelligent reader in mind, the subject matter is explained simply, directly and elegantly. No profusions of analogies, this author knows what he's talking about and he can explain it.
The organization of the chapters is first-rate. You can get to the heart of the matter with a quick glance at the table of content. The indexing is excellent. I'm amazed that I can find an entry for most of the topics I'm looking up. It has become my first point of reference for configuration and tuning issues.
Do yourself a favour, BUY IT! I'm already looking forward to the second edition of this masterpiece.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
EXCELLENT book for beginners!

I read another famous book for beginners, but things did not become CRYSTAL clear until I started reading this book. The examples and analogies to real life examples are great! This book is VERY clear! You may have to read another book for beginners to appreciate this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are an ASP newbie - this is the only book

The book helped me make the transition from an HTML hack to an ASP coder. I have been working with HTML, JavaScript and Perl since 1994, and a year ago, I became involved in a project that required learning ASP quickly. I purchased this book along with Active Server Pages for Dummies and Beginning ASP, and this one was by far the best. It says 21 Days, but working around the clock, I got through the book in about a week.
If you are a web developer, this book explains 95 percent of the stuff you need to know - like how to set up database connections (DNS and DNS-less), how to code pages to add, update and delete items from a database, how to use the many VBScript functions in ASP, ASP components, and a great chapter on debugging ASP. (Every code example in the book works!)
There are only a few minor shortfalls, like there is nothing on how-to add password protection, security, and the database examples are primarily based on Access rather than SQL Server, but this information is freely available on the web and shouldn't stop anyone from buying this book. Even though it has been months since I worked through the tutorials, I still find myself using it several times a week as a reference.
This book has helped add ASP to my programming skills and it ranks among the top five computer books that I have purchased.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Vision: A Modern Approach
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David A. Forsyth, Jean Ponce
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very difficult to understand

this book sucks! terms are often inconsistent and expressions always unclear. Many simple concepts are written in very complicated ways. Perhaps this is because the author want this book to look more "academic". Don't buy this book unless you are already an expert in this area