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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Getz, Paul Litwin, Andy Baron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of a kind.

Finally a book that teaches you real practical previously undocumented tips and procedures. Getz does it again, as always.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Useful and accessible with an irritating flaw

This is a handy, inexpensive memory-jogger for those of us who can't seem to recall everything we need to know about using SQL. The format is more accessible than the small type and monotonous layout of the otherwise excellent O'Reilly books.
I have two suggestions for a third edition. I wish the author had explained how to use INSERT with composite datatypes. And by the third edition, I hope the editors rethink the idea that DBMS' forms the plural of DBMS. It's jarring to find a systematic error in a reference book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Kernel Development (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Novell Press
Authors: Robert Love
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read book for kernel developpers

The author is really a good teacher. He gradually takes the reader into the dark woods of kernel and still assures the ease of understanding the programming concepts well.You really feel the joy of evolving into a professional as you read this book.Kudos.I own it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Made me think!

I'm about to design my first corporate web site, and I'd heard aboutthis book so I purchased it recently. You can read it in one day Isuppose, but I spaced it out to about 5 days. Lots of screen shotsand sample graphics help make it clear exactly what the author istalking about.
I usually highlight the good parts when I read (forlater reference), and some of the pages in this book were gettingsoggy with all the yellow ink I was slapping on!
The best chapterswere the ones on navigation - it's made me rethink the navigation forthe site I'm about to start work on, and really helped give me somenew insights. Also good is the chapter on usability testing, whichnever even occurred to me.
The only downside is the price... Thatsaid, it's a very well laid-out, nice-looking book. Even thepaperstock is of very high quality, but of course you're paying extrafor that slickness.
All in all, I'm glad I read it and wouldrecommend it to anyone who's thinking of designing a web site -especially graphic designers who think web page navigation is merely anecessary evil!