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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Learning Tool; Not Really a Reference

This is an excellent book to learn the language of PL/SQL; but not really a good reference material.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best how-to-books ever

I have purchased 3 other photoshop guides and manuals and this on is far the best I have ever used. It covers everything one that one would want to fix, eenhance and WOW your photographs. What make this book one of the best is its step-by-step fully illulstrated technique that is easy to understand. Don't buy the other book, just get this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but not for VB.NET / C# Newbies

This has a number of good examples, real enough that you can use them as a stepping stone to your own programming.
This book is also something of a 'Rosetta Stone' by listing the equivalent VB.NET and C# code for exploiting ADO.NET.
Shortcomings? Well, the examples, as noted in many other reviews, require a level of expertise in VB.NET and/or C# that frustrates folks who just finished a language 'step-by-step' book. Sometimes the objects that connect to Access and SQL Server databases need a tweak for your particular machine, and the error messages generated may send you scrambling for the installlation notes.
Anoher caveat is that you can't run the ASP.NET examples with a standalone XP Home Edition system - it doesn't include IIS.
Nonetheless, a good book, perhaps one you'll want to keep as a reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-316)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kalani Kirk Hausman, Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have

Passed 70-316 today with a score of 940. This is the only book that I've used to prepare for exam. This book gives you exactly what you need for this exam in a condensed form. Some of the practice questions in the book were on the actual exam! It can't get better than this :-)