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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation, Ninth Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David Kroenke
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not worth the paper it's printed on


The only thing that rambles more than this awful book are some of the "positive" reviews that appear here. WORST book I've ever read. Save your money and buy something else.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Alex Kriegel, Boris M. Trukhnov
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Non-Comprehensive Review


I bought this book because it was cheaper than 'SQL: The Complete Reference' and I am using it mainly as a reference tool, syntax, structure, inner/outer joins (I always forget how it works), etc.
I needed to do an Update and wanted to find out the correct structure and looked it up in the Index, which had this listing:
'updating. See modifying'
I am being picky, but I would expect the index to have an actual page reference to the Update Statement, instead of having to go to another section. I am concerned about other short comings within the book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on Perl - but you can't just read it


This is the ultimate perl book - but there's so much in it, you can't just read it. Read "Learning Perl", and the write some perl for a while. Then read the first 14 chapters of "Programming Perl", and write some more perl. Then read the first 14 chapters again, and keep writing Perl. Then move on to the rest of the book.

Also, read Lord of the Rings first - it makes the examples much, much easier to follow.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Very Comprehensive Web Design Book


I had bought other HTML books, including some that promised to be simple, but they merely confused me. I felt defeated. Then I saw a copy of this book, read a few pages, and immediately bought it. I have been delighted.
First, it is very readable-clear, logical, and thoughtfully illustrated with useful examples. Second, it is organized in a way that truly helps neophytes. It begins by explaining some general points that page designer needs to know. Then it gets more specific, and then finally it begins explaining the mechanics of creating a page.
The order in which topics are introduced allows the user to put up a simple site and then continue to improve on it. I found that satisfying, because I could get something up and running quickly, which was a thrill, and then I could improve on what I had done.
The web links are very helpful. For instance,the chapter on color provides a link to color charts, so readers can see the colors they will be working with.
This book has made me believe that I will eventually not only design web pages, but also web pages that load quickly, are easy to use, and that can be read on most browsers. I plan on buying another book by this author as soon as I finish this one.