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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Broad coverage, but lacks depth


This book is a handy reference to a variety of ORACLE 8i topics. But, it doesn't go into any chapter in depth. For instance, if you look into PL/SQL, there is hardly 15 to 20 pages of reference material. Most of the times, I end up searching the web to get the answers (technet, metalink etc).
The syntax reference that you can view online at TECHNET.ORACLE.COM, fills up almost 25% of the book.
Overall, it is a bulky but shallow reference book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Targeted audience


This book is targeted for business people. As a CISSP, there wasn't much surprising here, but a lot of information that might help cut down on the mythology surrounding security (i.e. firewall=security). I bought this based on the author's reputation and based on that I'll finish it, but any engineers that are used to reading technical books will find the manner of writing frustrating; non-geeks will appreciate the plain English.
To be fair, slashdot gave it a 10.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Be a SQL God


If you need to sling some really nasty SQL which you probably shouldn't be writing in the first place, then this book is for you. Celko is the man. As a cover-to-cover read, you will pick up on a lot of new SQL techniques, but in general, this is a "I know where to look when I need to know that book." If you know the basics of SQL and want to start your SQL Master training, then start here. Just keep it close by when you need to remember how Celko was able to get "that" to work.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Accessible treatment of complex topics


This book does a great job of presenting all details of operating system design and operation. When appropriate, the authors point out how Linux, Solaris or Windows implements a given topic. This is valuable for software developers who work on these platform and need to understand how the scheduler is going to react if you spawn new threads/processes.

The one bad thing I can say is that some examples are too general and do not convey the proper detail. This is just a minor distraction and does not take away from the book's overall effectiveness.