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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming with Visual Basic 6.0 Enhanced Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Diane Zak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book!


I am currently working towards a BA in Information Technology and Diane Zak's VB 6.0 Enhanced Edition was the assigned text for my Programming for Windows course. It was actually not the choice of the college, but the instructor insisted this be the one we use; it's great. Diane's writing style is clear and concise. The lessons build at a good pace and the questions, exercises and discoveries really help me absorb all the information. The hands on practice, practice, practice approach is truly the best way to learn. Diane makes it all very easy to follow and understand, and I'm even having fun creating the projects. I haven't been able to say that about any other programming texts (C, C++) I've read in the past. I'm going to check out Diane's C++ next.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What can they do next?


Great book. It has a great feel being told in the first person. Usually business books make you feel like you are studying for an Econ final, but this book was very interesting - even charming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
extremely useful


I have found this book to be a great resource for development, administration, and performance tuning for SQL Server. I have been working with databases for almost 10 years and with SQL Server for over 5 years. I find myself frequently referring to this book and getting useful information. I would highly recommend it for both intermediate and advanced users.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Paging Doctor Software


One mouse click to order a book from Amazon, but three mouse clicks to attach a return receipt to an Outlook email! Why has coming to work and firing up the PC ended up for so many people like wearing one of those hospital gowns that refuses to close? It's nice to find a Silicon Valley insider who is willing to acknowledge that there's something gravely wrong here in the patient service department -- and provide a vision of the solution.
This is a book that should be absolutely mandatory for every MIS/IT staffer who has to hold down a help desk, train a new user, design a web page, or otherwise hand out the tools to plain folks who just want to get their work done out on the shop floor (whether that floor is in a hospital, a law firm, a government office, or wherever). Those of us at the other end of the cable, meanwhile, will find it a comfort to know that we aren't witless curmudgeons of the Selectric age whose time has come and gone.
Cooper has it right: if our cars worked like this, we'd all be riding bikes. The book crosses the line from general interest to inside interest somewhere beyond the halfway point, and the illustrations are discomfortingly precious, but this book gives the hapless user a vocabulary for commuting his/her frustrations, while telling the techie something about his/her client that might not have been covered in the computer science curriculum.
Dozens if not hundreds of books have been written and movies made about doctors' inability to relate to their patients. This is the one the computer "doctors" should be reading before they get their licenses to practice, and the "patients" should be reading to keep their sanity. Bravo!