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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good starting point

This book won't teach you "everything you need to know", but it's a good starting point and it's inexpensive. The sample code is well set up - you can see the JavaScript with the surrounding HTML (the JavaScript is in red type, HTML is in black, so it's easy to spot) - much easier to understand what is going on when you can see both together. Too many other books show "snippets" of code in isloation and get you confused easily. Again - this book isn't the "JavaScript Bible from A-to-Z", but it doesn't pretend to be. It's a good buy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit (Pro - Resource Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Bill English
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Late but well worth the wait.

Bill English and crew have come through. Haven't completely digested it yet(1172 pages) but my initial take is that it is worth the investment. Easy reading for a technical tome. The first six parts, Chapters 1 - 18, provide everything you need to design, setup, and configure your solution. Parts VII through XI, Chapters 19 - 42, provide specific details for customizing, managing, and maintaining your implementation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Impacting Business: A Simple Model of IT Management
Publisher: Managebright
Authors: Reid Shay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Sensible approach and excellent presentation of essentials

The simple model that is described in this book is straightforward and represents a viable, effective starting place for establishing process-oriented management. However, in my opinion the best features of this book are found in the chapters on fundamental knowledge and background material.
Section One, in particular, is one of the most readable and accurate summaries of the economics of IT management I've ever read. If this section alone was read and understood by IT managers and consultants, and then put into practice it would go a long way towards improving the way IT supports their business constituents. The material covers subtle and not-so-subtle aspects of investing in the right initiatives for the right reasons, and will cause any IT professional to alter the way they view their role in an enterprise.
Psychology of IT management covered in Section Two is equally valuable. It accurately portrays the separation of concerns of both IT and business, then provides tools and techniques for aligning the two. Entire books have been devoted to this subject area, yet the author manages to capture all of the important points in a mere 26 pages.
The sections on understanding problems and understanding change also stand out as exceptionally well-written recipes for managing two key elements of any process-oriented approach to IT management. The material in these two sections are directly applicable to anyone who is involved with implementing an operational model based on the ITIL.
While the model presented in this book is not 100% consistent with the ITIL, it is close enough, and if properly implemented will give a solid foundation for an ITIL-based operations management paradigm.
If you work in IT operations this book is one best investments you can make. It's short enough to be quickly read, and is rich in knowledge and techniques.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE book to get on SQL Server XML

When I heard that Ken had written a book on XML for SQL Server, I knew I had to have it. I ordered it the day it came out and I have been tearing through it since. I had the first Guru's Guide book and I knew if he did for SQL XML what he did for TSQL, it would have to be one fine book. I was not disappointed.
There is chapter after chapter of great coverage of the XML features in SQL Server. Ken starts with the basics and ramps you up to the most advanced topics on the subject. If you are one of those TSQL programmers who wants to know what all this XML stuff is about, you have found your book.
I am confident that anyone who reads this book will agree with me that it is the best book on SQL Server XML in print.