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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Devil Awful Book!


What the Torah is to Judism, what the New Testament is to Christianity, so is "Intro" to relational database theory and practice. One can not reasonably consider themselves a competent practitioner (or even student) of the topic without thorough mastery of "Intro".



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
All the information, poorly organized


There's no way you will read through this book and find yourself less prepared for the game. It's written in an easy style, with a tendency to hide major plot points, and all the information needed to beat the game lies herein.
The only problem is, it's all over the place.
In the end, my wife and I ended up using a series of Post-it notes and envelopes and several times in the game we both had to consult the book to find out how to continue onwards. Rather frustrating.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: GarageBandThe Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Sophisticated compositions


I have several friends in the Los Angeles amateur music scene. Amateur because none of their bands are financially self-supporting. One perennial complaint is the cost of recording a professional, high quality demo CD. Which they can then take to a label or directly sell copies of.

GarageBand offers a way for them to drastically lower the cost of recording. It gives them a means of becoming digital composers as well as actual musicians. While Apple proudly released GarageBand with little hardcopy documentation, Pogue shows us here a convenient supplement. He pitches it squarely at musicians, not programmers or sound engineers.

Thus, there is nothing discussing signal to noise ratios, oversampling or the maths behind sound compression algorithms. Whereever possible, he tries to speak the language of musicians. He does not patronise you just because he has a technical background and you might not. But be warned that the book is not trivial. GarageBand is shown to offer a lot, but only if you concentrate and visualise the possibilities it gives your music.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Every Software Engineer Would Benefit



Every software engineer would benefit from this book! This book shows you how to write code correctly, as you write your application/system, to save time and improve quality/maintainability.

Most developers do not write good code. Most are hacks! If you don't think you have time to read a book like this or that it isn't worth it, you may very well be one of these hacks.