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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference


Without a doubt, the finest asp book I have read to date. Although not going into low level detail, a reader of this book with no web / database experience could easily build a full fledged application after reading this.



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
A Very Useful Resource!!!!


I was fortunate to be one of the pilot readers of this book. I found it very interesting and informative. I think that the PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide is the book for which many of those preparing for the PHR/SPHR Certification Exam have been waiting! This study guide is a welcome addition to the materials already available. It is a clear and concise review of the Body of Knowledge. At first reading, it is quite apparent that Ms. Bogardus not only understands the material, but also presents it in such a manner that it is easy to comprehend the application of the terms, theories and procedures. The study guide includes cross-referencing, indicating where additional information and clarification may be found, and the self-assessment questions help the learner review the materials. In addition, excellent examples are presented, and the "Real Life Scenarios" assist even the seasoned professional in confirming his/her grasp of the application of the information. In my opinion, I believe you will find this Study Guide to be very beneficial in your preparation for the PHR/SPHR Certification Exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Problem Solving, Abstraction, and Design using C++, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Frank L. Friedman, Elliot B. Koffman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Horrid


Provides very little applicable knowledge of developing code for an enterprise. Buy ANY OTHER BOOK besides this one!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Proven Portals: Best Practices for Planning, Designing, and Developing Enterprise Portals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Sullivan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An explanation of portals at the level of managers


A portal is a way to electronically access the fundamental information concerning your business, most commonly over the Internet. Therefore, an enterprise portal is one that can be used to access all public business operations. Since it is designed to perform all business functions, it is much more than a set of hyperlinked web pages. To start with, there must be some overlying consistency to the display of the pages, independent of what operations they provide the user. The links between the pages must also make sense, in that while there is a sequence of pages to follow, a way to jump to key initial pages in logical sequences is available.
Beyond the presentation issues, the following must also be considered:

*) The order in the way the supporting database(s) is accessed and organized.
*) The integrity of the data must be maintained.
*) The cost of the portal must be justified using an understandable return on investment (ROI) analysis.

All of these features are handled in this book, which is written at the technical level of the manager. In that vein, the most significant chapter is number five, "Measuring Portal Return on Investment: A Crash Course." The days when one could justify an Internet presence by simply stating something like, "It is the new way of business" are long gone. IT budgets are still tight and everything needs to be subjected to a thorough ROI analysis. The techniques to do that described in this book will sharpen your skills as you try to put specific dollar values on something where not all values are clearly delimited and specified. For many managers, that chapter alone justifies the purchase of the book.
The rest of the book deals with general design issues, such as a three-tiered architecture. Tier 1 is the presentation layer, what the user sees on their screen. Tier 2 is the application server layer, or the functionality that serves the specific application(s) being used by the client. Tier 3 is the enterprise information services layer, where the application server layer interacts with the remainder of the organization's information infrastructure. This is a sensible approach for many reasons, and a solid overview of those reasons is given.
The second half of the book covers the different types of portals and the common themes shared by those that are effective. Not a great deal of technical detail, but enough so that a manager can intelligently converse about the subject. As someone who is technically literate, I found the bulk of the material routine. However, for the manager trying to make an informed decision about their company's portal design and justification, the book is perfect.