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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book to start learning data warehousing.


This book will give you understanding of what you should bear in mind while you are building a data warehouse. It is equally good for the beginners and for people doing data warehousing for some time. The effort of getting everything in one book deserves respect. The chapters on dimensional modeling are very good (the author is famous for popularization of this modeling approach). The CD-ROM wich goes with it is quite usefull and can save you a lot of time if you are starting from scratch.
Nevertheless, after you have read the book you will go and look for books dedicated to particular areas of data warehousing, like metadata or data quality, since they are not dealt in detail there. I would have rated the book five stars if there was not an explisit agression against ER-modeling which I believe has its own place in data warehousing.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD-ROM
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen Brown, Zvonko Vranesic
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Examples as teaching aid is not good pedagogy


Being completely new to VHDL and only somewhat experienced with TTL circuits, I needed a book that would cover all the basics of logic design before getting into VHDL. Logic concepts I previously had trouble grasping were made much clearer in the context of the VHDL examples. Definitely five stars!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tcl and the Tk Toolkit
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John K. Ousterhout
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The bible as far as I am concerned


An excellent book. Easy to read, good practicle examples, clear concise discussion of each subject. Quite simply the best book on Tcl/Tk around even if it doesn't cover all the nuts and bolts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You gotta have it.


The title says it all: the primary problems in software development are socialogical and not technological. It's fun to read it, too.