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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

This book is very much hands-on. Every component in SQL Server DTS is described step by step with examples. It also contains a chapter for helping out with error-handling, which in SQL-server can sometimes be be tricky since there's not much help in the tool itself.
I sometime feel that I loose myself in some of the various examples when trying to learn the tool - maybe a book in color with arrows and color coding could have helped the confused beginner. Otherwise for a programmer used to her profession it contains a great deal of advice and guidance of how to use the tool properly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent detail on the Framework...

Unparalleled .NET coverage, authoritative, basic but critical. Basic does not mean simple - this is not a book to learn programming, but for experienced programmers who know their OO. This is not like anything you would have read about .NET. The book draws a clear distinction between what the CLR can do and what the languages present (so far) can do. At times it makes for dry reading but then it is close to a reference, like Richter's earlier works. This book is not for first exposure to .NET either, one should have some exposure to programming against the CLR. Missing stuff - remoting for one! No .NET library is complete without this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning C# Objects: From Concepts to Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jacquie Barker, Grant Palmer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is an outstanding book on C# objects!

The book is broken into three parts. Part One gives you the ABC?s of objects. Part Two discusses object modeling. Part Three translates a UML ?Blueprint? into C# code.

Part One is by far the best section in the book. I can honestly say I understand basic C# syntax and how objects are applied in C#. It flows very smoothly and makes learning C# very easy.

Part Two is a good introduction to UML. If you want to get into architecture, this is a good start but you will definitely more.

Part Three takes the ?blueprint? that was built in Part Two and builds the application. The first chapter of Part Three is over 100 pages of a more advanced looked at C#. Chapter 15 goes into file persistence. It was nicely laid out but I wish they had used a database instead of ASCII files. Chapter 16 ties the GUI to the business object. Personally, I think this chapter should have had a little more meat.

This book definitely gets 5 stars and if anyone ever tells me they don?t understand OOP or C#, I will tell them to read this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Decision Making with Insight (Includes Insight.xla 2.0)
Publisher: Duxbury Press
Authors: Sam L. Savage
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding Bang for the Buck!

Dr. Savage, a second generation statistician and consulting professor at Stanford University, provides a practical and hands-on introduction to analytical decision making. The book is jam-packed with extremely sound theory presented in an easy to read format. The methods presented use the familiar language of Microsoft Excel to crack complicated problems with relative ease! This book & accompanying software helped me better understand 6-years of advanced engineering and business training. If we had computers 2000-years ago, the entire sciences of calculus and statistics may never have evolved -- theory becomes far less important in a world of modeling and simulation! Highly recommended as an excellent resource for researchers, practioners, and educators alike.