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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really covers issues that programmers need to know


After reading other books I realize that they just don't have enough information. They cover the basics that most people can figure out. This books gives tips and information that you can't find anywhere else. While it has the basics on controls it spends time on Databases and more complex issues. Highly recommended



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Debugging with GDB: The GNU Source-Level Debugger
Publisher: Free Software Foundation
Authors: Richard Stallman, Roland Pesch, Stan Shebs, Richard M. Stallman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worth the money


Even though this entire book is available online, I find it useful to own it. Starts with a simple example, which is my favorite way of getting started.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Beginner Book


Many people today will migrate towards writing JSP for which this book does not cover. If you are interested in JSP, purchase Professional JSP.
I do recommend that everyone read this book as well even though its techniques may be dated.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Inmon vs. Kimball????


The two approaches, Inmon and Kimball are complimentary. Kimball is not "BS" and "stupid" as stated by one reviewer. In fact, it is the PRACTICAL techniques and elegant SIMPLICITY that makes Kimball's work so valuable. Inmon is strong on theory, while Kimball is strong on the day-to-day tools required to build a useful and understandable decision support environment. This reviewer has observed many huge "pure Inmon" projects fail (and none observed succeeded) while all pure Kimball projects observed have thrived and exceeded expectations. Strong words, to be sure, but accurate to the reality observed by this reviewer. While the failures might be attributed to the particular technical teams and management groups, many of those same groups did succeed with a dimensional approach.
If you want to debate academics, read both authors and have at it. I have to actually deliver... on time or early and on budget or below. Thus, my rating reflects that reality. Give me Kimball. The techniques have worked for me (and teams of all sizes) since 1986 at many Fortune 100 and 500 clients.
Inmon provides a great perspective on the issues and on how to think about information management for decision support and this book provides some of his latest thinking on the topic. Kimball provides an excellent and proven way to get there in the real world.