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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best of the best.


I just want to make one point. I bought and read about 40+ books over the last couple of years on .NET, and I am a proffesional programmer working on .NET every day. I will rank this book as the number 1 book among all those 40+ books I have. 6 stars!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Fleming
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Nothing new here.


I bought the book with hopes it would shed some new light on web site navigation and the approach to designing sites more effectively, going beyond the obvious rules like "no dead-end links". But in the end it I felt as though it was more an introduction to web design/navigation for those just starting to design for the web. No new information here, just more of the same, "same" meaning the same rules/guidelines you hear tossed about the web on a daily basis...like "know your audience", "use simple easy to understand navigation" and "storyboard" before you begin the design/layout. If your looking for a slightly more insightful approach, try "Information Architecture", also published by O'Reilly. Much of the Fleming's book seemed to draw from that resource anyway.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
.. a bit out dated ..


Overall, the book does do a good job on form explaination and how to create forms and the relationship between properties and other little goodies within Oracle. However, I think the whole empahsis and the focus of the book on what to conecntrate on the exams and all the suggestions and ideas given are out of date. I just did my first form exam and sad to say, it was a digusting result. This is not my first exam and I have passed on the first one easily. What is worse is that, even KNOWING the questions now - I still can NOT find anything concerning those questions in the book. All those that wrote rave reviews on the book, I am curious as to know their background with Oracle. The exams in the CD was, I hate to say this, a big joke. I was expecting to be fresh questions that will make you rethink and all, but instead, were questions straight out from the book's chapter questions. The book is GOOD, don't get me wrong, but those that says the books is the be all and end all for passing the exams are not entirely right.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Allen G. Taylor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
SQL, Unequalled


Buying any book targeted for 'dummies' sets the record straight in terms of my knowledge of SQL. I'm a South African computer science student and bought SQL for Dummies to supplement material prescribed by the university.
Firstly, the book is set out in an easy to understand manner starting with the section called Contents at a Glance and followed by an extensive Table of Contents. The text uses icons for tips, things to remember, warnings, technical stuff, etc. which reinforces key concepts.
Mr Taylor conveys his thoughts on a serious subject, particularly for first timers, in a humourous manner making the subject even more accessible. The contents of the book is set out in clear and concise way, with key topics highlighted. The book is extensive in its covering of the subject, not only directed at building and extracting information from a database, but also giving information on security issues and using SQL with the internet.
I found the book of particular use and can recommend it to any newcomers to SQL.