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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a real-life application book, but good for academics

This book is not good for anyone that wants to get into the practical applications of Relational Databases immediately. This book is geared to people interested in learning the theoretical analysis of Relational Databases stemming from mathematical analysis. This approach is highly impractical for real-world applications and will remain as conversation material for academics. This book is frustrating to read since the author constantly makes references to material that is not addressed in this book, illegal use of SQL (utilizing the "#" for illustration purposes) and not indicating clearly how his examples have deviated from the way it is "traditionally done". The author is frustrated and spends too much time berating other people's work, and his attempt to explain SQL is poorly illustrated. This book is mistakenly referred to as the bible of relational databases and the only explanation I can think for this is that it has been around for so long and read by so many people that are endeared by the unreachable tone of his writing, that they assume this is how it should be written. After seven editions I would expect perfection, and this book is a far cry from it. Spend your money and desire to understand the theory behind Relational Databases somewhere else.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect Book For Telecommunications

This is the best book for the whole industry. I have been learning a lot from it and I just can't stop reading it. It is not like most of the telecommunication books which are nothing but boring. This book is very close to the Dummy's Series but more serious than that. I recommended the this book to all my new trainee. First Edition was good but the second edition is perfect.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent HTML guide for all levels

I am a java programmer who never really learnt HTML formally. I needed to learn it for a project, and I was looking for a book that starts with basics, but doesn't leave you hanging after just explaining some basic concepts. Great reviews prompted me to buy this book but when I received it, I was disappointed with the small size of the book. But after reading it, VOW! Make no mistake folks. This book beautifully covers everything in its small size which many other books cover in thousands of pages. An excellent tutorial, and even a better reference after you have read it once. Despite its small size, I can't think of a topic that has not been covered well in this book. Easy going language, and visual depiction of concepts, I have never written a review for books before this due to lack of time, but I had to review this one as I was so impressed. And at this price, it's a steal. Covers the latest HTML 4 version which should last for some years to come. Don't think twice, buy it now.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A most valuable resource

I agree with Saleh: this book tries to be everything to all people. Some parts are good, but some huge mistakes (sysdiff doesn't exist anymore in Windows 2000 !!). I can't believe why so many people rate this book with 5 stars. The book is written by four authors and this shows in writing style (inconsistent) and the level of difficulty. Some chapters are aimed at beginners and some at experts. It's not a bad book, but it's not nearly as good as the NT4 edition by Minasi.