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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

Reading this book shows you how fast a business can grow really super fast. Dell started out in his dormroom making computers for customers and now is worldwide. Dell takes you through every step of the way in his monstorous growth. He posed problems that arised from when a company grows too fast, and shows how he solved them in turn.

The book is an amazing triumph in our computer age. You get a better idea of what happened in the 1990's with computers through Dell's unique perspective.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Carol McCullough-Dieter, Ned Dana
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Starting Point

This book is a great for the developer or DBA looking to gain a thorough understanding of the basics. Coming from a SQL Server environment, it was difficult learning from other texts that would focus on specific topics (usually DBA related) and fail to answer the questions. This book was the exception. It will not turn you into a guru overnight, but it will provide the foundation needed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Let dinner burn on the stove and read this.

I've have been involved with the software industry for 15 years as an applications engineer for process control and also as a software developer, SCM engineer, systems engineer, tester, and consumer(PTA/soccer mom).
I read this book in one sitting while dinner did indeed burn on the stove.
I was amazed that Alan managed to capture so much of the frustration that I've seen over the past few years at many levels of user/machine interaction.
I'm currently managing a test group and we are interested in engaging the user modeling to evaluate the impact of software bugs on our customers.
The reviews themselves indicate a high level of resistance from development communities which accurately reflects my own experiences. Alan has touched a hot button for many. The design teams that I work with have embraced the ideas of this book with enthusiasm and have multiple copies on the shelves.
I believe that the book should be assigned reading for anyone involved with human-machine interactions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Discovering Statistics Using SPSS for Windows : Advanced Techniques for Beginners (Introducing Statistical Methods series)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Authors: Andy Field
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best SPSS book on the market

Field's book is simply the best volume written yet for beginning users of SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Unlike most stats or software books, Field uses humor, wit and quirky real world examples to provide an easy and enjoyable read. The version I purchased came with a CD including all the data used in the book's examples. Chapters 1-4 are great primers for stats and Field does eventually take the reader into some more sophisticated analyses including Logistic Regression and Factor Analysis. Step by step instructions are supplemented by screen captures and graphs. This is an invaluable book for anyone faced with the challenge of learning SPSS for a class or for business. I would recommend it over any of the 15 or so books I've read regarding SPSS -- including the official manuals!