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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle SQL High-Performance Tuning (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Guy Harrison
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best Oracle SQL Tuning book available

I do a lot of SQL tuning for Oracle. This book is the best book I have read in this subject. It is not bias, it is clear, easy to understand, with good practical examples. It is written for a truly expert in Oracle SQL tuning. Using plain english the author explains a lot of concepts that are fundamental for a successful SQL tuning effort. I read the 1st edition more than once, and I am reading the 2nd edition for the second time. If you already have the first edition, it is worth to purchase the second edition that has been updated and feeded with additional elements. If you only have the time to read one book in Oracle SQL tuning, this is your book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Confusing and Useless

This book is at best a jumble of words with a few readable sentences, and at worst could be written in greek for all the good it does. Without a clear path, the book bounces around off different subjects, and all to often goes ahead of itself in the examples. NOTHING is more anoying then finding a piece of code that you've never seen, and isn't explained for another 4 chapters afterwords. Especially in the first few sections its not uncomon to find an 'ignore this line "..." you'll find out what its for later'. On the upside, it has very few typo's, which doesn't help much as the chapters are so confusing. The best part of this book would have to be its analogies, which are amazingly sensable, such as relating objects and classes to bicycles (One class, 'bicycle' objects of the class such as 'racing' or 'mountain'). In all, its a bit above average but there are much better choices out there for the same price

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2ME Game Programming
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Martin J. Wells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Game Programming

This book really explains in depth how to make a game on a mobile device. The book is well organized and he makes the difficult parts seem easy. Almost all code is based on MIDP 1.0. There is a chapter on MIDP 2.0 also. For the sake of game programming I'd say this is the book. Maybe we'll see an updated version concentrating more on MIDP 2.0 later on? All in all a very good book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft SQL Server 2000 in 21 Days (2nd Edition, Book Only)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Richard Waymire, Rick Sawtell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well written, worth your while to learn SQL Server

This is a well written book that covers a lot of topics...in the end you'll have a very clear understanding of SQL Server 2K from both the administration and programming perspectives.
I disagree with the other reviews posted on here about this book being too wordy or poorly organized. Perhaps those folks work for Oracle :-) There is a lot of material covered in this book, and for the most part, it's concise and doesn't adopt a condescending attitude towards the reader.
In my search to learn SQL Server, I've found this book to rank at the top for general coverage of most of the DBA and programmer/user topics you encounter.
Worth your time to read, and money to spend.