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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Poorly worded. No depth


This book was essencial for me to dig deeper into data mining techniqes and methonds. It is a good guidance book for beginners and also for advanced practictioners and researchers. It covers systematically all major themes on data mining and provides additional references for briefly covered topics. My subject area is web mining. I found this book as an overview book. I could get a wide view of the field. I got good hints for my specific field. It is very strictly written book not preferring this or other products as several comercial books of today do. The book is very up to date. I would say it is a current bible of data mining science, though there could be some similar or even better books on the subject in last month but maybe I'm not up to date.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference section, but TERRIBLE examples


Though I didn't need to learn JavaScript for my job, I was curious to know how it looks like...
This book is excellent. You can learn very quickly how to write simple programs with web-page interface (especially if you have already a knowledge of C/C++ and HTML languages). Everything is thoroughly detailed and very well explained. It's also the ultimate reference book for a confirmed JavaScript programmer.
O'Reilly computing books are definitively the best.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Material Lots of Depth but several short comings


I took an A+ class several years ago and I build computers and repair computers ( not the ones I just built! =P ) several times a month. Im pretty much the go to guy for anyone who knows me. However I had no piece of paper saying im good with computers or building them and most employers don't trust computer repairs to anybody so I decided to get my A+ and I bought 2 books ( this one and mike Meyers A+ which is AMAZING! )
First Amazon says this book is 500 some pages ( normally Amazon exaggerates the page numbers that's not the case here ) it's really 1000 pages. But the book covers in a lot of detail about computers and the sections on the boot up process in the operating system are really worth reading.
All that being said I have to rate this book a 3 out of 5 for some very compelling reasons. If this is your only book and your trying to take the test as the book would instruct you will spend many many nights memorizing IRQ's and DMA conflicts and less time studying about scsi or other import aspects of the exam which you are actually tested! I must note that the memorization techniques are great ( the one about the laser print process for one ) but doesn't really help you for the exam or real life.
Also their are several typo's ( calling things wrong as well ) which means I have to take off some points.
All in all this would be ok if you have taken an A+ class and feel you need to study some more before you take the A+ test and don't wish to read mike Meyers huge ( but amazing! ) book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Fantastic Beginning DTS Reference


I'm a new DBA and an ex-ASP developer. When I found myself needing to import flat files exported from an AS400 into a new SQL Server 2K database, I turned to this book for guidance. I'm glad I did.
I've used the DTS wizard a million times, and I thought I knew DTS's capabilities. I had no idea it was as powerful as it is. Due to the usual downtime the first week of a new job, I was able to run through every example in the first four chapters. All worked flawlessly and were extremely enlightening.
The first 4 chapters essentially explain the DTS Designer (very different and more powerful than the wizard) and the 17 built in tasks that DTS can perform. By the end of the week, I was importing data from all over the place, scrubbing it with VBScript built into the job, and capturing any errors in logs.
The remaining chapters deal with more specialized topics, and I expect to refer to them as needed. There is a very good introduction to VBScripting for those that might need the basics or just a syntax reference. Other topics include creating custom tasks, error handling, and data warehouse loading.
However, if you are looking for a guide to using the DTS object model, this is not the text for you. The book limits its scope to the GUI. It provides an excellent introduction to using DTS, and I know that the jobs I have been able to create have saved me a ton of time at work, even if they are heavily dependant on embedded VBScript.
Four Stars
-HawkeyeGK