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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Just the right amount of theory


This book has just the right mix of database theory and its practical applications. I've studied other books of the ilk and found that this book has a leg up on them in that it doesn't get too hung up on providing proofs for concepts that are either very intuitive or just not worth going into too detailed a proof for. It also provides a good review of "modern" database techniques like Object Oriented database, deductive databases, etc.
The book could use a little more polish in terms of grammatical correctness. Besides, in my opinion, some concepts, as explained in the book, are just plain wrong. There is no way for one to contact the authors for clarification either.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mike Meyers' Network+ Certification Passport
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Mike Meyers, Nigel Kendrick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mike Meyers' Network+ Certification Passport


I have purchased this book because I have heard from friends that this book has the 2002 objectives and is the most recent book for Network+. I also have read some of the pages and I really liked the material that is included on this book. I also hope that this book is easy to read and understand.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pointers on C
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Kenneth Reek
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great book but costs way too much


Other reviewers have actually said it all. This is a great book to learn the language. However a few things should be pointed out:1. The book is not all about Pointers as the title implies.(Most of the book is about other aspects of the C langauge)2. The price of this book cannot be justified.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Linux users need this book


I am fairly new to Linux, and started by purchasing a number of O'Reilly's other titles on Linux. Some of them were very good, some of them not so good. While I have two working Linux boxes on my company network, I still had many unanswered questions about why things worked the way they did. I initially avoided this book because it was for Unix system administration, however, in a fit of desperation I purchased it and it has been *the* most useful general purpose book I have purchased for using Linux.
Certainly there are a number of specific purpose books that cover many of the topics presented here in greater detail, however, for an overview of the entire system--how it works and why it works the way it does this book is indespensable.
All you Linux users out there should get this book!