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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As the Title Says, For Guru's

If you're thinking of setting up a database to keep track of your local phone book or kitchen recipes, go get something else. (That is, if the price hasn't already told you that.) Note the title: The Guro's Guide. And he means it.

If you're a database developer or administrator using Microsoft SQL Server, get this book today. It would be nice to think that all the big databases met the ANSI standard and were therefore truly portable from database to database and it would be nice to have a Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny. Instead we are left with really having to understand deeply. And this Guru knows what's going on where.

There are three books in this series. I'm more into programming so I found the book on Transact-Sql to be the one that I pick up the most. It's got more stuff on T-SQL than any of the half dozen other books I have, some of which are much bigger. What that means is that the writing style doesn't waste a lot of time on excess verbage. It's tight and concise. And that means not for beginners looking for a lot of this is a database kind of stuff.

But the volume that I need the most is the Guide to Architecture and Internals. I don't use it often, but when I do it is likely to be the only book available that tells me what I need to know at that moment. It's also something you might keep by your bedside. Unless I'm working on a specific problem, thirty seconds and I'm out.

The third book is on Stored Procedures (just in case you want to run faster), XML and HTML.

Conclusion, if you're serious about SQL Server, you can't do any better.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Contextual Design : A Customer-Centered Approach to Systems Designs
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Techniques requirement

This book provided a method to gather requirement efficiently but the rest of the method should be revised.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition
Publisher: Charles River Books
Authors: Ben Long
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good but no so "very"

A good book for a beginner, but not satisfying when you finish reading it. Something is missing. You still don't know how to fix that picture with a roof in the cloudy morning. It reminds me of those Java books that do a little bit more than reiterating an existing free documentation in different words than the original. Density of detail and theory lowers as the book reading goes towards the end. As in any course, the best is left at the end of the course and taught if there is time. A good book for the masses. Excelent packaging. Big minus: you can not save your work from the demo software. Hint: Use select all, cut/copy, and paste it in another software.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Robert Penner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great for professionals!

This book's a must have for everyone, who wants to develop high-level Flash-movies using Actionscript for Visuals.
With Actionscript you can do everything you can do with the timeline and much more: particlesimulations, 3D in Flash, dynamic web content, effects, drawing,...
Robert Penner writes in a very clear style, starts with his own "getting into Flash" goes thru basics of object-oriented programming to heavy scripted movies (with dynamic drawing/painting, (movieclip-)duplications, 3D, particles and much more).
The book concentrates on mathematics, vectors, classes, coloring, drawing, event handling and physics with Actionscript (sounds harder than it is ;-} )
All files of the book are online
If you're a beginner in Flash, you'll feel blue with this book, if you're an intermediate in Flash who wants to draw his lines with Actionscript this is your choice.