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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Different from my usual tastes

Are you put to sleep by briefings on a regular basis? Do they become more colorful and simplified as the intended audience rises in your company hirearchy? Do you feel that you are being talked down to by a lot of fluff that could be condensed by a factor of say, a million? If your answers are "yes," but you cannot provide a good alternative, then this is the book for you. It changes the way you look at data. Through numerous examples, Tufte demonstrates how to rearrange and simplify tabulated lists, schedules, graphs, diagrams and maps in a way that elegantly reveals otherwise hidden relationships and patterns. I have applied his techniques to my own briefings as well as to vacation itineraries, meeting notes, and to do lists. But be forewarned. I have touted this book to my peers and managers and of the four people who have read the book none have had the epiphany I experienced. This book may be only for those who are fed up enough to change.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Certification for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All you need to pass exam

Hats off to Mr Gilster again. I also used his A+ book which I found excellent. Although N+ is generally an excellent book, I do have a few niggles. It seems that the book was probably rushed out as there are numerous errors including some wrong answers. I was also frustrated to find that although the book claims to be validated by Sento for technical accuracy with updates supposedly at their site, a visit to the site proved otherwise as this book is not registered with them. Once you know the material the errors should be easy to spot as a lot of material is repeated in the different chapters that it relates to. I sat the N+ course which used Wave Tech course material, however, I used Dummies to study for the exam and got 92%. One word of advice, even though Ron says the exam covers only the first 4 OSI layers, know the rest as they turned up as wrong answers on my test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely a good book for beginners

I was first reluctant exploring myself with web development since I was more into PB database programming. Fortunately, I was able to get the right book. Learning ASP 3.0 with this book is really very interesting. You feel not stopping once you get started reading from day 1.
With the step by step approach, the content is very easy to understand. Exercises at the end of every chapter provide a deeper understanding on the lessons discussed.
For starters of ASP, I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Infinite riches in a small room

This book is a carefully documented manual for learning PL/SQL that is written by the one and only Steven Feuerstein. His unique style of writing coupled with his intricate knowledge of the subject makes it a pleasure to read and learn. Programmers will actually learn the most effective way to write the best PL/SQL code by following Stevens practical advice from real life experiences with PL/SQL and the examples that are so clearly explained. Don't miss the humor too. The book covers virtually everthing one needs to learn PL/SQL including Packages, procedures, functions and Oracle's built-ins. It also tells you where and when the differences arise between the various revisions and their numbers. A great benefit along with the book is a diskette with code and a few utilities. Most of the code is generic and can be simply cut and pasted into the application with little or not trouble. If you don't have this bible of Oracle on your desk, then you don't want to learn PL/SQL. And remember Steven is the world's leading authority on PL/SQL. Drop in at his site to know more about him http://www.revealnet.com