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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

For beginners to Oracle like myself, I cannot stress how useful this book is. Don't pay thousands for a course in Oracle, or even begin a course at a community college, until you go through this book first. (This would be the ideal CC book). Allen's ability to "teach" SQL and PL/SQL in a logical and well thought out progression is to be commended! This book is written for the beginner and will give you a solid foundation in the basics of SQL and PL/SQL, so you can make the most of your time in the expensive classes later. If you have more than a year's worth of experience in SQL or PL/SQL, you may do better to just get the Sybex book to prepare for the exam since it is more comprehensive and comes with the software and test question. However, Allen still does a better job of writing and presenting the material without dumbing it down. If you're new, like me, you'll wish you read this book and gone through his examples (you can download his code from osborne.com), before taking any courses. You will be able to keep pace with the instructor better and ask more intelligent questions. This book will not cover everything that may be on the exam, but it will help you make better use of other more comprehensive books. Believe me.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
For Dummies

I was somewhat surprised about some of the reviews saying that is was too elementary; the title says VB for DUMMIES! I thought the book was a good starting book, but wished there were more coding involved especially in the later chapters. I was also a little put off by some of the examples that seemed a little unprofessional (refer to page 107 and 118 for examples) But overall it was a good book for the beginner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No Strategies and Basic Concepts

WOW !!! is all i can say ! well done Dan Appleman on a fantastic, fresh and interesting book. who would have thought that a developer could have a sense of humor :)
As an experienced VB Developer myself, i found Dan's outlook incredible. Once again he does not simply rehash the documentation but actually shows you how to think ...
Eg. he starts off the section on MultiThreading by showing you how not to do it and introduces you to some of the pitfalls of using this powerful new functionality. imagine trying to debug an error that only occurs one in 14 million executions ... hmmm

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft .NET Core Requirements, Exams 70-305, 70-315, 70-306, 70-316, 70-310, 70-320, and 70-300
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

Sorry Microsoft, Although that I like Microsoft Products and Technologies as much as I like the sun in our country but these Training Kit is useless. I'm MCT for MCSD.NET and never liked it. you can think of it as just titles for subject so why we will get it?Michael YoussefMicrosoft.NET Architect/Trainer