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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice Book; Some Organization Limitations

I got this book based on other reviews here. For the most part, I agree that this is a good book, and it has been helpful for me. However, for someone who has never done Oracle and needing to do Triggers specifically, I find it difficult to find any information about how to do Triggers, special contstucts available for Triggers, etc. Other technical topics are good, though, and as a novice it helps me greatly to see potential for Oracle application programming.
Index and TOC could be better organized; I usually can't find what I'm looking for in the index.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disorganized, Haphazardly Assembled

One would think that purchasing the official Microsoft Press self-study guide would be the best way to study for MCSE Core Exam 70-290 without taking expensive instructor-led courses. Apparently, this is not the case. Of course, Microsoft has no other recommendations for supplementary study for this exam, only this book. So here you are, this is your only choice.

After reading some of the reviews here, I had my reservations but decided that they were unfounded because Microsoft wrote the book and Microsoft wrote the exam, it didn't make sense to go to a third party for information for the exam.

I am extremely disappointed with the quality of this title. The lessons are not organized and skip steps, apparently assuming that the reader has the ability to read the author's mind. There doesn't appear to be a logical progression from chapter to chapter, lesson to lesson. Or perhaps they expect you to already know the content, but then this begs the question: What is the point of a study guide? Just go test out.

Out of the world's largest software company that makes hundreds of millions of dollars annually, I would have expected a top-notch title complete with though lessons and real-world information. I also would have expected a toll-free number where I could request a refund if I wasn't happy with the purchase. I have yet to locate the quality lessons a handful of reviewers speak of, and no telephone number to speak of - toll free or otherwise.

Regardless, this title most definitely should not be considered to be the excellent study aid Microsoft has billed it as. At best, it is someone's shorthand notes published as a hardcover book with a shiny cover with a 15% off coupon taped to the inside back cover as a come-on.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Anne M. Bogardus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Resource

This is a very informative resource guide. Very easy to understand and apply knowledge in obtaining HR certification.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

It is a great starting point for many other books trying to put some order in objects world. But none has reached the same level of simplicity and understandability.