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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
BUY THIS BOOK!


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.