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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports(R) 9: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: George K Peck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very helpful Reference


Right now we're working on web based reporting and Window apps. So Part II and Part III are very helpful. Instead of hacking around and wasting time, just open this book and find what you need.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
typos wreck this potential masterpiece


This book is not his basic volume in SQL, but his advanced volume. It helps you along explaining different issues with an excellent explanation of NULLS, their pros and their cons. It gives examples of solving problems in different SQL ways. A great buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent basic reference


I read the book in about three days and found it to be a good primer for one leaning towards computer forensics. While some of the technology and tools described in the book will undoubtedly change within the next few months, a lot of the basic principles will remain pertinent for a long time to come. I heartily recommend this book for anyone with more than just a casual interest in Computer Security.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
$($) worth of information + $($) worth of bloat


LIke most Wrox books this one has a great deal of very useful information for the beginning programmer. They're well written, informative, and present the topics needed to understand ASP in a logical manner.
Like its predecessor and just about any other Wrox book, its horribly bloated. While most authors will develop an example application as a way of illustrating techniques, Wrox gives it several of its own chapters. I suspect this is either due to some childhood grudge against trees or pure greed on the part of the editors as most of the book is completely unnecessary and will never be used.
This is unfortunate as they're rather good for beginners.
If you're a programmer with more than 1 year of experience, you should be reading something more conscise like an O'Reilly manual.