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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
MySQL for everyone

This is without a doubt the best MySQL book I've read. It covers everything from the basic beginnings of creating tables and choosing data values, thorough advanced table selecting and administration of mysql. It even covers Perl, C, and PHP DBIs for using MySQL in your programming applications. The book is thorough, well-written, and easy to follow without being to basic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Security Assessment
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chris McNab
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
nice book but unix based

the book is good, but its almost totally unix based, I downloaded the tools and they all require unix systemswe just use Microsoft, and 99% of our clients use MS onlyReally should be called unix security hacks

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Guide for a great RPG

This guide is the greatest guide I could ever think up myself. I believe maybe they did leave out a few glitches in the game that could help out later. For instance, the infinite item trick. But this thing provides a great map and walkthrough. I also think that the map is a great one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
World-Class Advice on Managing Projects

The traditional methods for dealing with risk are typically:
(1) Ignore it. (2) Pretend it does not exist.(3) Look upon the messanger as "Not a Team Player" and finally ...(4) Pressure
DeMarco and Lister blow the lid off this approach by making a compelling argument that 1-4 are irresponsible and unethical, then pointing to a better way.
The "toolset" that DeMarco and Lister provide is very specific and will help, but I think they are getting to something deeper. Ever since "PeopleWare", the impression I have of these authors is that they are trying to get IS folks to think for themselves - to have a very large toolbox and to pick the right tool for that particular job, instead of "Standardized Procedure where you do everything by the book."
The fact is, IS people can add value and clarity by knowing that we can't do everything and picking the highest ROI items to work on. (Or helping Sr. Management to decide what to work on ... however you want to word it.)
The book can help your organization deal with reality, instead of hoping for fantasyland. If you struggle with projects with unrealistic deadlines and artificially compressed schedules (because if the project was scheduled in a sane way, the ROI wouldn't make it worth doing) - this book can help.