Sponsored links

Valid XHTML 1.0!
Valid CSS!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the one

The book is very deserving of all the hype. It's the best book on SQL Server I've found. There's nothing in the other t-sql books that it doesn't have and lots of stuff it has that they don't. My favorite chapter is the Admin Stored Procs chapter. We're using a couple of these as I write this. It's rare to find a book that no only contains excellent teaching material, but also includes code that you can put to use immediately. That alone is worth the price of admission.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Lewis Black of Software Writers

I can just visualize Mr Spolsky on stage, delivering these essays as orations, gesticulating with his fingers like Lewis Black, talking about "effed" strings and "effed" company.com. This is the first book to make me laugh out loud since "A Confederacy of Dunces", and that's saying something. It just grabs you and pulls you along, I bought it on Sunday afternoon, and was all but finished by Thursday morning -- and I had a twelve hour work day in there somewhere.

Mr Spolsky's writing is often prescient; after reading one paragraph I thought to myself "I could do that with Javascript", and in the next paragraph he himself imagines clever Javascript programmers proposing they could solve the problem at hand. The "take it with a grain of salt" department docks him one star however. For instance, in the "Best of Ask Joel" section, he rants (literally, three times in a row -- if that ain't a rant I don't know what is) "Listen to your customers, not your competitors". But three pages later he is advising someone else to "buffer for unexpected competitive responses needed because our competitor did something".

Regardless, Mr Spolsky manages to weave plenty of common sense in with his searing anecdotes about being a developer for the likes of Microsoft and Juno, so I heartily recommend this volume.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy XI Official Strategy Guide for PS2 & PC
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Michael Lummis, Elizabeth M. Hollinger, Edwin Kern, Kathleen Pleet
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

This guide is not worth the money, or the time it takes to drive to the store. You're much better off looking up information on the various online sites where it is available. most all of the information in it is based on opinion rather than fact. Descriptions of quests, missions, etc. are incorrect or vague at best. I mean oh, lets give them full page pictures of the emotes, and area maps that are the size of postage stamps. The spell and equipment lists are far from complete. save your money and don't bother with this useless guide.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
not good

People told me this book was B.S. , so I went throught the entire course without reading it and going to lecture, which worked splendidly. I got this book at another store at the very end, just as a curiousity, and promptly returned it when I saw just how bad it is.
Confusing, pointless, dumb. This isn't about the value of fundamental knowledge of computer science anymore, the book is outright poor as a teacher. I'm sure there are other books on philosophy of computer science which will teach you a lot more. This one is just a waste of money.