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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice manual, only covers version 3 of iDVD and iMovie

The manual has some insightful tips but I was disappointed to find that it covers version 3 of iDVD and iMovie and not version 4 of these apps.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Tisdall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for Perl in Bioinformatics

I think this book is very good for anyone who wants to learn Perl for using in Bioinformatics. I had previous programming knowledge but I did not know Perl, and this book certainly helped me a lot. The exercises at the end are good. I would definitely recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Only buy if your a dummy

This book teaches you the VERY basic of BASIC. I got almost got zero out of this book. It only teaches you very simple and worthless programs. Only buy if you know zip about programing. The only thing I really liked abot his book are the funny little comics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book rules!

Listen Software Solutions: Kimball is considered by many to be the father of data warehousing. I learned how to set up an dimension and fact table from this book. This was cool and very different. I had a complete set of Oracle data warehousing books, but this book was the beginning. I've read many books on data warehousing that reference Kimball. I spent alot of time thinking about SQL pivots, group by. In fact, I wrote a simple OLAP tool that allow search through the dimension into the fact table. Kimball explains the purpose of data warehousing. He also helps one realize the planning necessary to manage a data warehouse. One thing is clear, data warehousing is important and companies are using them. One significant point he makes in the book is that relational databases were intended to make data retrieval simple. Wow, what happen? The most complex code I've ever written was for report, hugh SQL statements with numerous joins spanning numerous tables, functions, and subqueries. Additionally the book covers advanced topics like data marts, cubes, and snowflakes are described and illustrated effectively in the book. I enthusatically recommend this book. Data Warehousing is the next revolution in information processing. It was very exciting to see concept become reality, a 3-Dimensional look at your data. Most of my work was using Oracle and Oracle Discover. However, I did build a few cubes using Microsoft OLAP tools. This is the book to buy.