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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not for the faint of heart, the book is ADVANCED!!


If you are brand new to SQL Server, get a simpler book.
If you've been working with SQL Server for awhile and want to improve you Transact-SQL skills, look no further -- this is the book for you.
I've been working in MSSQL for many years now and this book taught me loads I didn't know the first night I opened it. Undocumented DBCCs, cool statistical functions, array handling, extremely useful administrative code (you can use lots of it right out of the box), etc., all combine to create the most comprehensive body of TSQL work I've ever seen.
Note: the book requires and repays careful rereading. You will not be able to read it in one setting. I spent a week and a half on it the first time through, and that was hitting the book every night. It's very dense, and you'll want to study the annotated code listings to get the most out of them.
Like the other reviews have said, this book is not just for gurus. It's also not for the faint of heart -- you will have to study it to get the most out of it. However, if you learn everything in it, you'll be a guru yourself when you get done. I'm still working on that one myself.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Could have taken alot of tips from Versus...


This guide is umm well not the BEST in guides... but being as, as of this writing its the ONLY (book) guide around it sort of has to do. This guide could have taken tips from versus books(who, in my not so humble opinion, make the best guides around) they should do away with the beastiary and just have a list of monsters in each section.(flipping through and seeing certain suprise bosses REALLY blew the plot.) the guide was laden with spoilers whether or not they were intentional. it was also wrong in a few places(you can complete alot of side quests well before the books says you can.) This book should have gotten a 2 but...the fact that its the ONLY one gave it that extra star.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PMP test prep


Taking the test? Buy this book. It covers what I wanted it to cover.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book saved my sanity


Ok, picture this: You get off an airplane after a 10 hour flight. Get 2 hours of sleep because you are jet lagging so bad you feel like you have been smoking ... all day. You are then informed that what you thought was a routine API programming assignment is now a Cross Browser support nightmare. I mean I had to create Javascript that would work with both Netscape 4.X - 6.X and IE 4.X - 5.X and in many ways mimic Server Side error handling on the Client. Frantically searching the web for references and materials for some form of stratedgy to start coding I came across this book. I have read Danny's Javascript Bible and decided to give this book as shot. In terms of DOM reference and listing what does and does not work in Netscape and IE I was able to develop a pretty decent API in 5 days.
This is not a HOW to BOOK. This is not for beginners. Will have to know how to code. This is a DHTML reference with some decent generic code examples. Combine this with the Javascript Bible and you got all the weapons you need to tackle Cross Browser DHTML. A must have for anyone forced to support various versions of browsers.