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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I am not sure if this is for beginners

I had 6 hours of C++ programing in college in 1990. At home I used the MS QuickC program. I thought the begining of this book was execellent in getting be started with C++ using Visual C++ Ver 6. I did execellent command line programming with the help of the first 10 chapters. At Chapter 10 I started getting lost and in the later chapters hit a brick wall. I was able to do the programming project in the book but I am not able to write my own programs. This means to me I need to step back and get a beginners book. I am not understanding the Windows programming concept the way it it explained in this book. I have gone through other books with the same problem. This one has come the closest to getting me started programming windows, but I am not there yet. To be specific it is the MFC's that have me against a wall. Mark

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The bible of DW

if you want to understand the idea of DW, if you tired with Kimball's BS that "set of data marts is the DW" - that is the book for you. Excellent introduction into date warehousing. You read only what you need to know to build a DW - it saves your time. Before I had only Kimball's books and I was thinking - so what is so special in DW? It is just stupid - transform everything to dimensional model and build several data marts - you've done. What are the advantages of this design? It looks like a database with set of subject-oriented views. How this support decision making and analysis? Then I've bought Inmon's book and spent two day reading it - now I know all my answers why DW is good, why we need DW, why it is better than operational database, etc.Read this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is chock full of details that you may not have known about Apple. Whether you're looking to be the next Apple copycat, or you just want to start a business in some unrelated field, this is the book you should read to get mentally primed prior to siezing your market.
Owen Linzmayer is a fine journalist, and a well-known authority on the company everyone loves to love (or hate, depending on who you've invested in). If I ever meet him at a party, I will slap him a nice high-five.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty good book

While preparing for the A+ exam, this was the only book I read. I passed both of the tests the first time I took it. You can't go wrong with this book for the hardward test. But for the OS test you may want to find some more material to study from. I relied on my pc experience and what I learned from the book to pass the OS test. Overall this is a pretty good book to start perparing yourself for both test.