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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of three "must have" resources for SQL Server


If you want to be a SQL Server DBA, there are really only three resources you need in order to gain a solid foundation of knowledge. Your first resource is Books Online, which is part of the SQL Server software. Next, read Ken England's book on Performance Optimization (ISBN 1-55558-241-9). When you finish those, read this book.
What I like about this book is that the author explains WHY SQL Server does things in a particular way. The book goes into great detail about SQL Server's architecture and internal processes. For this reason, the book is a great ally to have when you're working with a developer who doesn't understand database concepts. Yet, at the same time, it is easy to read.
This book is especially ideal for those who need to get a thorough understanding of transactions, locking and performance tuning.
When you're ready to become an expert in SQL Server, read this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I saw this book on a colleague's desk...


...so I picked it up and flipped through it. It is packed with valueable (and useable!) information. This book seems so useful, I ordered myself a copy. Nothing else out there talks about how to write (and test) the security aspects of an application.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Up and running thanks to this book!


I had a device I needed to control via computer and just couldn't get the serial port to do the job. Bought this book and was up and running in no time with very little starting knowledge of using USB. This book was awesome and went all the way from the basics to the in depth info I needed to complete my project. Buy the hardcopy and save yourself the headache of trying to get an ebook to work.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Open Source Licensing : Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Lawrence Rosen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Readable and by a Lawyer.


Open source software is growing explosively around the world. The SourceForge web site now lists 87,006 projects being done by 912,545 people. That's almost a million people writing code, probably more than all of the programmers employed by Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, etc. etc.

The code being produced is distributed free of charge. Free of Charge, but not without restrictions. This book, written by the general counsel of the Open Source Initiative is intended to explain the various licenses that are in common use in the Open Source Community. It is written in English, not lawyer-speak, and intended for developers, managers, users and of course lawyers. If this is what you need to know, you'll not find a better source.