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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Janine Warner, Susannah Gardner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thank you for making it so easy

I've been wanting to learn to develop Web pages for a while and I finally made it my New Year's resultion to figure out how. Thank you so much for helping me not feel like a "dummie" and making it so easy to put up my first Web site. I'm still a college student but now that I've gotten my resume and other info online, I know I have a much better chance of getting a job when I graduate this spring!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great SQL reference guide the experienced sql user

Being a professional Database Administrator using Ingres, I wanted a good SQL reference book and I found it. This book does not teach you SQL it is designed for those who are already familiar with basic conventions; what it does do is to highlight areas where you could improve the efficiency of the code you write. This resides on my desk permanently and should be treated as a reference bible rather than a tutorial. The gems it contains cannot be absorded at first reading...you will refer to it again and again. A fine book and a great buy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2000 DTS Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl Rabeler
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The best practical coverage of SQL Server 2000 DTS

Unlike "Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS" by WROX Press, this particular book does not cover (nearly) every topic under the umbrella of Data Transformation Services. It does, however, address as many relevant aspects to DTS functionality as possible throughout the development of a 'data movement application'. Having worked with SQL Server since 1998, I can vouch for the concise teaching approach this book follows. It certainly stands out as the best book I've seen to both help introduce SQL Server professionals (especially juniors) to DTS as well as serve as a quick reference for more seasoned veterans. I can only hope future SQL Server Step-By-Step titles closely follow the great model of practical real-world relevance and clear instruction demonstrated by Mr. Rabeler's book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ACT! 6 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Karen S. Fredricks
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The Title Says It All

I have not actually read the book, but I have used ACT! (I should say, I have tried to use ACT!) and the title says it all - you would have to be a dummmy to buy ACT!
It is without a doubt the worst piece of software me and my company have ever used. To make things even better, technical support is not only worthless, they are rude, bossy and generally have a bad attitude.
This program is nothing but a waste of time and money. We are in the process of replacing it.
(Don't believe me? Go to ACT.com and go to the discussion boards. The hundreds of complaints about bugs, terrible technical support and all the rest should convince you.)