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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
enough for the cert ...

I bought this book, wanting to prepare for the developer/2000 cert, because this is a good method for quick learning new stuff. I learned for the first exam PL/SQL with this book, and it was really interresting. Beginning with chapter 11 for Building Forms, I was very disappointed, since I had to waste my time learning, where or how to click or dbclick in the ObjectNavigator or LayoutEditor... (The 3 last exams could be summarized to only one !). I think, I will not continue my cert. But the book discusses really the needed stuff for someone, who want to be certified.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
You want to read a review of this guide? GO TO PLAYONLINE!

That pretty much sums it up. This book contains absolutely no information, other than "Go to PlayOnline!".
"There is a great power-up here! To find out what it is, go to PlayOnline!"
"You can earn a new weapon here! To do it, just go to PlayOnline!"
And what's actually in the guide is ludicrous. NO EXAGERATION, on some of the boss strategies(which are just bullets, usually two or three) it says"When you Trance, use your highest power attack!".......REALLY?!
Amazon.com now has that feature that lets you look inside a book..check out the characters page on this site using that feature...see those PlayOnline boxes? You will find up to FIVE of them on each page of the walkthrough, saying the ridiculous things I mentioned here. Awhile back I actually counted all of them, and if I remember correctly ther ewas somewhere between 300-400. INCREDIBLE!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good description of Mysql

I found the book to be very good introduction and description of Mysql. I also think the Detailed Command and Data Structure Appendixes are great. Saves my having to open my browser and flip through the manual on-line to figure out how to do something.
The book was also a good introduction on how to think about setting up a database. Probably would need more experience to do something really involved but it helped me think about setting up and Family address application.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied XML Programming for Microsoft .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito, Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
*THE* XML book for .NET

Dino Esposito has total, absolute command of the subject matter that he expertly teaches in this book. This is a template for how all technical training books should be written. I wanted in-depth coverage of the XML object library in .NET and that is exactly what this book delivers. This is THE book on XML in .NET. Don't waste your money on anything else.
It is also terrific supplemental material for the Developing XML Web Services and Server Components certification exam. I recommend Mike Gunderloy's book as an all-encompassing source (look up my review for that book); however, I recommend reading the first four chapters of this book before you start Gunderloy's book if you don't have much experience reading and writing XML in .NET. Chapters 12 and 13 on remoting and web services, respectively, are also great sources of exam prep material. In fact, Chapter 12 on .NET Remoting is the best chapter on the subject you will find anywhere.
Terry, MCAD and MCSD for Microsoft .NET