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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Crystal Reports Professional Results
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: George Peck
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very valuable

This is a disappointing read. Half of the book is the reference material from the help files and the other half is random report design techniques that don't fit together. Give this one a pass.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book isn't good

I am finding this book as an extremely useful reference tool for writing my senior thesis at Rutgers University (NJ) on the Internet and B2B transactions. I find it very easy to read and useful, and some of the case studies are very interesting and helpful. Some of the other buyers don't seem to think the book is worth its price but I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THEM. I believe the book is worth its price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Weak for Dos/Win, Great for Core

I teach a class in A+ Certification and we used the Dummies book. There were some errors on the CD and a few errors in the book. It gives you enough for the Core part of the test but not enough for Dos/Win. The book reads easy and fast.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I am not going to say this is the worst book I have ever read, because it was useful considering that I didn't know anything about .NET before starting on this book. However, there was just way too much space spent on the calendar control, and on setting up the database. More time and pages should have been spent on actually connnecting and using the data! Yes, stored procedures are essential to writing real apps..but I bought this book to learn ASP.NET...not how to write complex sql stored procedures. And if you are going to spend so much time writing the procedures, then at least build an app worth having them! Overall, this book wasn't bad, but it is very frustrating as a reference. It DOES cover the controls very well, but if you want a real world application example, you will be left in the dark. I am now reading Programming C# by the same author, and it is a great book for learning the language...which is what led me to believe this book was going to be good. This book is worth having on your shelf for the control coverage. (Especially the calendar!) For COMPLETE coverage of how to use ASP.Net, buy something else.