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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is possibly the greatest "technical" book i've read.

Simply put, this book is amazing. Now, I've gone through my fair share of tech books on various subjects and not once has a book grabbed my attention quite like this one has.

This book is a very fun and easy read, yet I have never absorbed so much information from any other tech book like I did with this one. It takes learning back to the old-school. It's almost like getting in touch with your inner-child. I was reminded of how learning was back in elementary school. It sounds bad, but really it's the best way to grasp such a complex subject. The pages are riddled with elementary school-esque drawings and humor is peppered throughout this book so heavily that you can't help but turn to the next page and keep on reading.

Now, don't you think that this book is a complete breeze. Yes, it is an easy read, but you will still have to study this book to really absorb the information. There are some practice exercises that can seem a bit daunting at times, but once you do figure it out you will get the "I am THE man! (or woman)" feeling. You will get a rush of understanding that only the best books can provide.

The design of this book truly is genius. I wish there were more books like this out there. I have never learned so much - so easily. I give this book my highest recommendation EVER! yes... EVER!

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
Immediately useful

Robbie, Excellent book and site for us AD guru's. The cookook has saved me from writing a bunch of scripts. Thanks!
David ChianeseIT - Server ServicesDelaware Investments / Lincoln Financial Group

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Sally McGhee
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Do you have the time to Take Back Your Life?

What you need to know is that going through this entire book takes a lot of time. In order to do everything required you have to reorganize every way you store information. This includes actually going through every email you have either in the inbox or stored, all your paper files and all the documents in your folders on your computer.

You cannot just do one thing and keep working because it is a whole new system you have now commited to. One person said it took them 10 days and this is no stretch. To do this while you continue to work is like cooking in a kitchen that is being completely remodeled.

As also mentioned it's not broken down in a step by step method but as one complete package. So if you start to reorganize your inbox you better be able to do that and everything else at once.

The book also mentions stating your meaningful objectives and sub objectives. But there is no assistance in doing this. Yet this is important as everything flows from this. It even mentions setting up your email this way as folders. You are supposed to have as few folders as possible but still mentions a Personal folder for email being "Working out 4 times a week". This is only an example but of course I don't get emails on "Working out 4 times a week" That is also why some of these folders are long and don't work when you move the files to a Palm.

I wish I knew all this before I wasted a lot of time putting this together. Furthermore, the book does promote Sally's consulting services. You find as you go through it you will have questions to fit your needs and this is where you will pay for her services.

If I had to do it over again I would buy David Allen's book first. He is the originator of this type of thinking. He gives the big picture view. Then you can decide if you want to buy Sally's book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle 11i E-Business Suite from the Front Lines
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: April J. Wells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pragmatic coverage

April Wells has done a great job with this text and is is the ONLY book that covers Oracle apps 11i from an "in-the-trenches" perspective.
Instead of theory, April dives-down into the real-world issues faced by an Apps DBA and covers many things that are not included in the manuals.
Most useful in the chapter on applying patches, a large job of the Apps DBA.
Overall, this is an excellent book and well worth the cost for any Aps DBA who need "front lines" tips and real-world techniques.