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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Pedantic and sluggish

I know the Inmon vs. Kimball thing has turned into something of a feud. Having owned the first and second edition of this particular book (the first edition is now more useful than ever hollowed out with a knife to hide jewelry) and having browsed through the third edition that a colleague purchased, I must say that the major change since the obscure first edition is that Inmon has now taken a much more defensive tone now that Kimball is out there presenting clear, concise and useful real-world concepts and implementation techniques and gathering followers. I also own Inmon's "Using the Data Warehouse", "Data Warehousing and the Zachman Framework", and "Exploration Warehousing" and the question that comes to mind most after reading through these books is why did I waste the money. The reading is difficult, not so much because the subject matter is difficult, but more because it seems to be dry theory and has little advice on how to actually design a real working data warehouse. When later, Kimball came out with his breakthrough book: "The Data Warehouse Toolkit", it all seemed conceptually so much simpler and straightforward.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Linux exposed was much better

I like the other exposed book much better. This book contains too many outdated hacks and again very little detail.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book for beginners!

I purchased this book from the local book store and had no previous knowledge of HTML 4, all I can say is it's GREAT!! Easy to follow step by step instructions for everything from begining scripting to Paint Shop Pro tips. If you don't know anything about HTML BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!! after reading it you will!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Internet Marketing
Publisher: South-Western College Pub
Authors: Ward Hanson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Quantification of lessons learned

Ward Hanson's book does an excellent job of quantifying useful lessons and guidelines from the many Internet marketing plays that have succeeded and failed over the brief history of the commercial net. A must read for anybody who is serious about the net.