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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Reference But don't Completely Rely Only on this


I just Passed the OCP-9i Upgrade Exam .I Mostly relied on this book.After the exam i'm realising that,i should have read Documents parallely.So if you are planning to take OCP,put equal or MORE effort to read the Documents...About OCP : You will get More multiple choice questions than earlier exams...so time will be a costraint...Best of Luck for the exam...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Reference But don't Completely Rely Only on this


I just Passed the OCP-9i Upgrade Exam .I Mostly relied on this book.After the exam i'm realising that,i should have read Documents parallely.So if you are planning to take OCP,put equal or MORE effort to read the Documents...About OCP : You will get More multiple choice questions than earlier exams...so time will be a costraint...Best of Luck for the exam...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: W. J. Gilmore
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Positive sum game


PHP and MySql are two very successful open source packages. Here, Gilmore tries to explain both within the covers of one book. If you just need to learn one, you can certainly use this book for it. The book cleaves neatly into three parts. One on PHP. One on MySQL. And the last part on combining the two packages.

Gilmore chose this mixture to, in essence, use one as a foil for the other. The key chapters are at the end, where he demonstrates how to integrate the two packages. In doing so, you can see in a non-trivial fashion, how to more fully use the expressive power of both. If you like, consider the MySql as an important use case for PHP, and vice versa.

Granted, this makes for longer reading and assimilation of the details. But the tradeoff is that potentially, Gilmore offers you a positive sum game over learning each package in isolation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office XP Step-By-Step (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc., Curtis Frye, Kristen Crupi, Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc.
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good place to start for beginners


This book is a good place to start to learn Office XP (which is the upgrade from Office 2000). Basically, this book has step by step lessons for beginners in the individual application programs in the Office XP suite (which are version 2002). For more advanced users, Microsoft Press used to have the "Running" Series - which has now been replaced by the "Inside Out" Series.
The Step by Step series by Microsoft Press has improved significantly. Although I like this book, I would recommend buying the separate Step by Step book for each application program - for example, buying Word Version 2002 Step by Step, Excel Version 2002 Step by Step, etc. The individual books are more comprehensive and have additional features. But if you're on a tight budget, this book is a good place to start.