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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate Transact-SQL magnum opus

Because it was called a "Guru's Guide" I didn't know whether this book expected me to already be a guru or whether it was claiming that it was written by one. Luckily for me, it was the latter.
Myself, I'm relatively new to Transact-SQL. When I got this book, I very much considered myself a beginner. I'd only begun working in T-SQL about a year and a half ago.
I can honestly say that this book was so full of great information that I began moving to the next level almost immediately. The author pulls no punches and delivers on his committment to avoid filler material throughout. This is a dense, gem-packed treatise on the language that belongs in the library of every would-be Transact-SQL expert.
Favorite parts:
- Cursor chapter (the story of the ill-fated SQL Server conversion is priceless -- I have been there, I have been there...)
- Performance & Tuning chapter (could be a book unto itself)
- Undocumented T-SQL chapter (because I like hidden goodies)
- Preface (because it's honest)
If you want to be a Transact-SQL coder or DBA worth your money, get this book and learn its many secrets inside out.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Richard Steven's TCP/IP Illustrated is MUCH better

Douglas Comer was first book that I read to understand the TCP/IP about 12 years ago. However, after reading the Richard Stevens' series, I changed all of the training material that I was putting together for the company I work for to use Stevens instead.
The Richard Steven's book is much better at explaining the principles and concepts of TCP/IP and if you really want to understand the internals of a good TCP/IP implementation, the Richard Stevens, "TCP/IP: Vol II" uses the BSD (Unix) implementation, which is much better than Xinu (Comer's choice).
This is a good book, but Richard Stevens' "TCP/IP Illustrated" is much better.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book

Internet Texas Hold 'Em is one of the more meticulously put together books I've ever seen. It is strong in organization and focus. It gives chapter outlines, summaries, and test questions galore and the author indisputedly knows what he's talking about. You may recognize his name from this year's WSOP Championship where he had his Aces snapped by Al Krux on ESPN. Overall, this offering is educational even if rather dry and mechanical.

I recommend this guide as I definitely learned some things, but I will say that you may be wise to buy something else first as the price is rather prohibitive. [...]

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Introduction to Java Servlets and JSP

Marty Hall is indeed a great teacher. I bought his book, "Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages," and read through it with great enthusiasm and almost like a novel with its comical and amusing examples. For the first time, I have a general understanding of what servlets, applets, and the server pages are all about. I recommend it!