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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good reference book

As you I go along developing my web app, this book answers most of my questions, fexample, how to unload/load your application when you want to unload your dll from the application and vice versa. Before finding the answer in this book, I just rebooted the server. Along the way, it always answers my question to perplexing problems that I stumble upon, i.e why isn't my web app preserved the session id.
I have to admit that this is not a book that I would read on spare time. I don't know whether it's the flow of the structure or what. But I always get lost in the "too much" information supplied. Hence I cannot give it 5 stars.
For reference, this is a book to keep if you're developing ASP for one reason; as you become more comfortable with ASP, this book provides answers to your "no-more" beginner questions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Rex Black, Rex Black
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Thanks for identifying what I already knew.

The author has an innate knowledge of surrealistic holography that transcends the space time continuum. Bottom line: he has no clue.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Certified Developer Study Guide
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Matt Voerman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The exam was a big suprise

I purchased this book after taking the test online at forta.com. I scraped by with 75% and decided that I needed to study a little to be confident when I sat the exam for real.

After purchasing the book and studying each chapter carefuly, it vastly improved my score to around 90%.

I continued to study hard on the topics I was not acheiving good scores on for a following two weeks, and felt confident enough to take the test.

What a big mistake. I found the questions far more difficult and felt extrememly under prepared about five minutes into the exam. I found the questions structured quite differently and the choice between answers far more obscure than in the book.

The book has definitely clarified a lot of things for me, especialy web services, which I have not used very much, but I feel it does fall short in other places.

One thing I do know for sure is that you cannot rely on this books entirely as a study guide. If there are areas where you have little knowledge you would be better off researching it further online or through another book.

For the record I got 65%, so I agree, bring down the pass rate to 65%.

The difficulty of the exam is definitely reassuring and in my eyes, adds a lot more weight to the qualification. It means that not every Sam, Dick or Sally can get qualified.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Work!! Bill connects the dots in easy-to-follow style

It was easy for me to notice that I have found the perfect book. Bill's style is so simple that even "I" could comprehend after the first reading.
I strongly recommend this book and Bill's other articles and books... His book on the Corporate Information Factory is also phenomenal and should form the basis for a novice. I hang out on his website a lot. I'm now familiarizing my self with Bill's Government Information Factory (GIF).
Great Work!!