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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good telecom intro for novice

Remember in grammar school when you had to write a long book report and you did everything you could to cut corners? Well, bingo, that's what this book is all about. For example, on page 29 she discusses (VERY mildly), Bridges. All she states is when they became available (1980s) and the advantages and disadvantages of them. The same sequence is repeated on the following page about Routers. It would have been wise and helpful to at LEAST state whether a Bridge or Router is a hardware or software or external or internal device! These shortcuts are repeated throughout the entire book. Save your money and just opt for a proper Telecom book that is offered through a college book store.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worked For Me

It is a nicely structured book for Oracle9i DBA upgrade exam. The author tries to cover all the topics but lacks the depth. You have no choice other than to refer other documentations from Oracle in addition to get a better score in the exam.Of course, everybody I saw on the reviews were pessimistic about the book. I would consider this book as a better support for the exam. All I insist is to peruse every page of this book. Of course, It does have some grammatical and syntatical errors. I just overlooked them all instead of writing a letter to the author to inform of all those dopy mistakes.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible with CD-ROM
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Paul Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Chapter highlights

The entire book is fantastic, but the specific chapters that have helped me in daily work with SQL Server are:

Chapter 5: starting at "Understanding Indexes", p 149 thru the end of the chapter.
also, chapter 28, "A Balanced Index Strategy" (p768-777)
Chapter 7: the WHOLE chapter!
Chapter 11: "Transactional Integrity" (p337-349)
Chapter 18: the WHOLE chapter
Chapter 26: "Recovery Models" (p688-693)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Writer and Great Book

This book is probably best suited for Intermediate level Pro/E Wildfire users who are looking for ways to improve their productivity. This is a 700+ page book that is very illustrative inside and has a killer tip per page. If you tried to learn these productivity and usage tips on your own without this book, you could spend at least an hour on each tip and still miss quite a few tips. This book will eliminate 1-2 years from your learning curve and save you hundreds of hours that can be spent on doing more projects.
Here's an example of how valuable the book is- if your client needs drawings of a product along with the BOM and title block then you will have to search for another book that discuss Drawing mode of Pro/E. Do you know how NOT to lose your work? This book alone saved me a lot of time when it happened to me (given enough time, it will definitely happen to all users). Not only the Drawing mode, using this book you can learn other modes of Pro/E that are helpful in completly designing a product. The book covers, Sketch, Part, Drawing, Assembly, Format, Report modes of Pro/E Wildfire. The chapter on Surface modeling is also available on the Author's website. If you want some sample chapters then visit www.cadcim.com.
This book is full of tutorials that you can practice. The best part of the tutorials is that while working on the tutorial you can never get stuck in the middle of the tutorial. If you have started a tutorial then there are 100% chances that you will be able to complete it. I have not found this quality of a book in any of the other books available on Pro/E Wildfire.
The best part about the book is that you can open the book on any page and learn something new for the day. If you spend a lot of time designing, you won't regret completing a tutorial per day and in the process benefit tremendously from the time spent with the book. The price is not too bad either so don't hesitate to buy this book. Enjoy the tutorials and exercises in the book!!!