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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman, Warren Selkow
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Tries to do too much...and often not well


While well-written and clear, too much of this book is spent on ancillary topics (like world history and how to play office politics) and not enough on enterprise and systems architecture techniques. I was also quite surprised and disappointed at the authors' naive approach to project maangement, which goes hand-in-hand with enterprise and architecture efforts. Either the interface of PM to EA should be expanded, or not mentioned at all. In total, a disappointment...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must read this!


This is the best book for writing Linux Device Drivers. I, knowing nothing about hardware programming, was able to understand better how a computer works!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation, Ninth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Kroenke
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read the title completely!


There is a problem in the IT learning experience that surrounds textbooks. The problem is that their is not a logical learning path to follow to obtain the prerequisite knowledge to progress in the field. Data structures and Discrete Math are two prime examples of this. Its not like traditional math where you take Alg1 then Alg2 College Alg...etc....Its more like boom here it is with Discrete. Anyhow, I have been over many textbooks in IT and this is the problem. IT authors are either way too indepth and write textbooks that are practically impossible to understand or...??? Well in lots of cases there is no alternative. Database texts are no exception. I studied Conelly/Begg's "Database Systems" and found that to be an exceptional book for Intermediate level study, however it lacked any systematic learning approach. Its more encyclopedic and detailed than what is needed in a first course. Thats the problem with learning from IT texts. We are forced to learn from texts that are written from a high level non-structured format in entry level courses where structured learning is most critical. So how do we learn and progress when this is the case...answer: you dont...its a weed out. LOL? Anyhow, look at the title, it says FUNDAMENTALS! Then look up the word in the dictionary if you dont know what this means as it seems that some people in the IT teaching/learning world dont understand this word! Kroenke writes this book as an entry level, basic, introductory and FUNDAMENTAL course in database processing. After understanding these basics then you can move on to Intermediate and more Advanced Database courses. Thats what the IT teaching and learning experience is lacking. A Progressive structured learning format with texts written with appropriate titles which is seldom the case! Kroenke does this however as the title suggests. The text is progressive and structured and teaches the FUNDAMENTALS! Hopefully the textbook teaching world will evolve from the dark ages and professors will start writing texts in a progress oriented format in order to make the learning process more efficient and effective. Hmm..maybe thats why we are losing out to other countries, they teach this stuff more effectively? In brief conclusion, although this text isnt perfect, Kroenke provides what many of us are really looking for; to learn the basics of database technology. Thanks Mr. Kroenke!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Google Geeks Beware


Dont make the same mistake I did: on the advice of numerous sites around the net (/. for one), this book is supposed to deliver loads of new material to both novice and veteran googlers. To the former, definately, as for the latter, there is nothing in this book you have not picked up already.