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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A worthy reference and a good read


I count this book among most used in my personal library. It is clearly written and a solid reference. If you use Perl and you work with databases, you need this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access Version 2002 Inside Out (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Helen Feddema
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
InsideOut A Winner


I have spent the last several days with this book building a database for a list rental company. Being used to Access 97, I appreciated the chapter devoted to the differences in version. Compared to the Access Bible by Prague and Irwin, the language was easier for a novice to understand, less technical, more end user friendly. The step by step instructions are great because of the abundance of screen shots used. When I couldn't understand the words (like when you are trying to create a complex report), the pictures were priceless. The InsideOut text boxes kept me from a few pitfalls, like the advice on wrting SQL statements. I apprecited the explanations of how to perform tasks in more than one way, both suggestions in the same place, alleviating the search thru the index and table of contents. The only thing I haven't been able to find an explanation for is manually setting a primary key when you want it to AutoNumber, but with your own number. It's probably something really simple. I've written a lot of tech bulletins, and I can appreciate the minute detail that went into the how-to's in this book.I highly recommend this, intermediate to advanced DB Admin.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle SQL High-Performance Tuning (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Guy Harrison
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oracle SQL Developers - Buy this book now!


This book has it all. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I can only hope that there are similar books available if my work ever shifts to competing databases.
After 3 years of working with Oracle 7, I've only amassed about 1% of the practical knowledge and insights that Mr. Harrison shares with us in this book. Like the title suggests, it teaches Oracle database and SQL statement performance tuning rules, strategies and tips. However, it also dips into other valuable topics like principles of indexing, explaining the ever-mysterious tkprof output, configuring and tuning the database server itself, and listing other resources to fill the void of Oracle documentation.
This book and Fuerstein's PL/SQL programming book have become standard issue for all developers on our project.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have - don't admin AD without it!


We are deploying AD at my company, and unfortunately, we are severely understaffed for AD support at this time. This book has been a life saver! Being able to script many of the things that I need to do has allowed me to retain my sanity and be more productive. I expect the pages to become tattered from use soon; it's the first place I look when I need a solution for something in AD. It is easy to understand and easy to find what I need.