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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Required for any Oracle Library

If you are looking for only one Oracle book to get, get this one. It's got the basics of SQL, SQL*Plus, and PL/SQL, as well as plenty of the background - the whys and wherefores - of the core technologies that are the foundation of any Oracle application. It is not a single comprehensive reference for absolutely every single Oracle-related topic - THAT would be completely impossible . Instead, it thoroughly addresses the core topics that are the foundation of all Oracle products and applications.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Anthony Sequeira, Kevin Wallace
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource for my students

As a CCSI that teaches the DESGN course for the CCDA, I highly recommend this resource. It definitely gives students an edge going into the exam. It is very Exam-centric.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
nice try

For authors with the skill to note every flaw in a website, they certainly didn't put this book through any rigorous review process. The idea is good and the treament is nice, but the books biggest problem is that it isn't subdivided into problem areas. It's just 50 web pages with the problems of each cited in it's own list. Why 50? Seems arbitrary. (because 20 wouldn't make a whole book?) This book is just begging for more structure.

Want to know the most drastic problem on each page?
Want to know where the concept went wrong?
Want to know what has the potential to do the most damage or give the most frustration?
You're on your own, because whether a button is off by a pixel or the whole idea is bad, the items are just run together in long unprioritized lists. Beyond that... If a site has (say...) 24 problems, 12 of the items will be trite and nit-picky things you'd fix without even wasting your clients time. Got time to read through over 1000 call-outs to find the 50 pivotal problems? Set aside a lot of time to weed through the dross.

Smells like padding.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-270)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Dan Balter, Derek Melber, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book was just ok; CD was not...!

I would recommend this as a 3rd or 4th source but not as an only source for 70-270 exam preparation...
CD was substandard...first of all, PrepLogic was only demo version without any provisions to discount the full version upgrade and the book pdf is a very poor image copy without any index so it is semi-useless. For me eBooks have become my main way of using reference material and this one is very poorly done to the extent of forcing me to the hard copy.
Here's the real test...after close examination, would I still buy this book? NO I would not but if you prefer to read hardcopy, maybe it's for you.