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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Engineering Design with SolidWorks 2004 and MultiMedia CD
Publisher: Schroff Development Corp
Authors: David Planchard, Marie Planchard
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great 2004 SW book for begineers to intermediates

I am 47 years old and have been through 3 company downsizings. I've been a draftsman for 20 years. What did we ever do without software?
At my new position, I needed to learn SolidWorks quickly. I did my research before I purchased this book. I talked to the authors and downloaded a sample chapter off the publishers website. I am very glad that I did this. The book provides excellent examples and procedures for the beginner to the intermediate. A lot of the other books out there are not as complete and they assume that you know various areas of the software and manufacturing procedures. We all know that happens when you assume!!!! I have been there!!
There is a great deal of emphasis on creating and modifying parts and thinking about the manufacturer's process. I've been in the industry for 20 plus years and there were some design hints that I did not know. Thank you. If you are looking for a SW dictionary this is not a book for you. If you are looking for a great design book to learn how to use SW and to learn about manufacturing and design intent, this is the book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
There are better books for your money.

I like to find the good in all things so I will say something good about this book. This book takes a person new to networking and introduces it to them. It also tries to focus on what you need to pass the exam. I did not like the book. The information was presented with loads of mistakes from grammer to actual information. I used this book as one of the books to prepare me for my network plus test and found it a waste of money. It is better to get your information from as many sources as you can -just don't use this book. I also did not find the testing software that came with the book any help at all. None of the questions on the exam even remotely resemble the questions in the book. You find better value for money in books like networking complete for around 19.95. It is better to know all you can about networking in general than just the material to pass the test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Overshadows all other VB Books

Just like to add my two-cents to the excellent and accurate reviews which follow. This really is the only VB6 Programming book you'll ever need. Balena's authorial voice is an active and intelligent one, which experiments with and thoroughly explores the entire range of VB6 programming. What you get are sophisticated techniques not tricks, and superb, reusable and elegant code examples, not mere tips. I believe there is stuff here you simply will not find anywhere else. An epic work for VB Programming...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Sajal Dam
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Horrible, don't waste your money

I'm the author of the book "SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled." To address the concerns of the readers of my book, I have started working with Apress. Apress understands the popularity of the book and has rendered the code samples for download at www.curlingstone.com. Apress is putting sincere effort in promoting the book. Meanwhile, if you find the content of the book highly useful for your database team, then I can consider sharing the knowledge with your team; if time permits, I may be able to deliver a good part of the content in a two-day presentation. If you feel that such an effort on my part will be useful for you and your team, then please feel free to write to my emailid sajaldam1@hotmail.com.