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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Larry P. English
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book I've ever read on Information Quality

This book takes the reader from understanding and applying principles of Quality Management to a step-by-step guide for implementing a quality improvement program.
I liked the organization and writing style of this well-referenced text. I found the diagrams and tables very helpful.
In the introduction, the author states that the text is a "concept book, a textbook, a reference book, and a practitioner's guide." At first I didn't believe it. Now that I've finished the text, I believe every word.
When I read the "Author's Warranty" (and how many books do you know come with a warranty?), I had an inkling that this would be a good book.
I was wrong. This is a GREAT book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert G. Freeman, Matthew Hart
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oracle 9i RMAN Backup & Recovery

For anyone who wants to implement RMAN, this is a must-read.
This book covers RMAN like Rama Velpuri book covered backup and recovery many years ago. If you're new to RMAN, this covers the 9i aspect of it very well. There is also an appendix entry to cover the differences if you're still stuck in the 8i world. The chapter(19) on case studies(from noarchivelogmode complete loss of everything to duplicating a database even AFTER a resetlogs) is great. It also includes chapters on using RMAN in a RAC environment, using OEM for doing RMAN backups and the various Media Management Tools.
Extremely well written.
Worth its price and then some.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must have for aspiring A+ Technicians

I have written and passed my A+ exams. It was made easy with the help of the A+ Certification for Dummies book. It provides a "laymans" explaination where it is neede most.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible of RegEx

One of the hardest things, even for a seasoned programmer to grasp is regular expressions. They are powerful ways to search, manipulate and parse text fields and can often take several lines of code and shrink it down to a mystic, but powerful, expression.
If you have ever had to parse a file for information, you know that one of the things that still haunts any programmer nowadays is how to match text. In this day and age of Object Oriented Programming, Web Services, etc. the power of Regex holds firm.
Throughout this book the author takes great care not to overwhelm the reader with tons of code that has no meaning. The power of the book comes from the fact that if you read, and follow along, through the examples you will gain an understanding of how to do the techniques the author is referring to. At times it may seem like you have to read over a section twice, but you will realize that as you carry forth into the next section the material you read previously has turned into something you can now apply -- not just another example you can cut and paste and never really learn technique behind.
This is a powerful book, covering many, many pages. Noone should expect to sit down and read it cover to cover and be done with it. The benefit comes from reading, applying, and referencing. I find myself using it several times a week to lookup information on Regular Expressions and to held solidify knowledge of techniques that I have used in the past.
Whether you are a Windows, Unix, or even Macintosh person -- RegEx holds the key to text manipulation -- and this book holds the map you need to find that key.