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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books on SQL Server

Kalen does it again. This is one of the best books that is available on SQL Server and talks in detail about how sql server works. The code samples in the book are excellent and are very helpful to illustrate the points that the author makes.
She is an excellent author. I storngly recommend this book to all SQL Server professionals.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Causality : Models, Reasoning, and Inference
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Judea Pearl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pearl summarizes his work on causation.

Judea Pearl and his colleagues at UCLA (and elsewhere) have published a large number of papers and written unpublished reports over the past 15 years, in which they have developed a modern, analytical approach to causation. Many of these are in somewhat obscure publications, and so it is especially helpful to have the most important of them collected together in this volume. Pearl has edited, written new chapters and connecting prose, to weave this summary of a substantial amount of research.
Although the dust-jacket suggests that only modest mathematics is needed, and although this is technically true, it is misleading, because the whole area requires a sophistication of thought that goes well beyond the simplicity of the tools. Nonetheless, there is currently no other volume that is as easy to read as this, and summarizes so much material so compactly.
It is possible that the new vision of causal analysis developed by Spirtes, Scheines, Glymour, Pearl, Robins, Verma, Heckerman, Meek, and others, will have profound effect on how we analyze research data. If so, this book will be necessary reading for decades to come.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA/MCSE Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-290)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Dan Balter, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

This is a good review book in some respects and in other respects it is average. Look for my reviews of the other 70-290 books to get a complete view of my opinions concerning the material offered for training. I think that that the main reason for the various praise of these training books ( from great to no help) is because each person encounters a slightly different test. I am convinced that Microsoft makes the test harder if you fail it the first time and for what reason I really can't figure out. It's like you have seen the test in one form and Microsoft wants to make sure that you don't use the "preview" of the actual to pass it the second time. This book helped me for the first test but didn't really help for the second actual test.
On the first test, I had vbs which this book doesn't mention.
It seems that each book offers some different perspective on the subject and a person shouldn't rely on just one source of training. This book had some good sections in it but shouldn't be used solely as training material.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Front Page 2003 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Asha Dornfest
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I'm lost

I've never written a review before, but I'm so lost after reading this book that I had to warn others before they come down the same road.

I agree with "a reader" that the author will "introduce a topic but, before developing it, tell the reader that she'll explain later how it (method, procedure, &c) should be accomplished." It's enough to drive a person crazy. Also, if you run into a problem, too bad. Troubleshooting is a nontopic in this book.