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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server 2000: The Complete Reference
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Jeffrey Shapiro
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
What a disappointment!

The content of the book doesn't match its title. By no means it is "the complete reference" to SQL Server 2000. It merely touches SQL 2000 functions here and there. For Internet/Web functions, for example, it only gives a tiny portion to mention XML, totally ignoring SQL Server 2000's other web functions, such as ASP and ISAPI. If you are looking for a reference book on SQL server 2000, stay with Microsoft IT Professional books. The bottom line is: it is misleading to claim to be "the complete reference" of SQL server 2000 while the book merely touches some (not all) surface of SQL server 2000.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Howard Rheingold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Keen on Smart Mobs

Smart Mobs are dynamic groups of people who can act together cooperatively even if they are complete strangers. Their communication is facilitated by a new wave of wireless, mobile, portable computing devices. Howard Rheingold provokes us to foresee a future where people spontaneously interact and exchange ideas in a manner that will transform how we work, play, trade, govern, and create.
Rheingold cogently explores examples of what he refers to as a "social tsunami". Special attention is given to mobile telephones which are transforming how youth exercise their social power. Teenage "thumb tribes" have developed new ways of communicating using SMS text messaging in Tokyo and Helsinki. Spontaneous groups coordinated by SMS messages had a more serious impact in the Philippines in January of 2001 when groups of protestors responding to SMS messages managed to play a primary role in overthrowing then President Joseph Estrada.
Much attention is also given to networked PC's and how supercomputers, open source software and the mobile internet are facilitating social networking. Rheingold adroitly explains how these tools can be both weapons of social control and resistance.
Perhaps the most provocative ideas revolve around the fact that we now have access to information about each other as never before. He explores privacy and trust issues and appears particularly concerned with surveillance web-sites, software and the electronic "bread crumb" trails that we are unaware we are leaving.
Overall, Rheingold expertly weaves his experiences, interviews with experts and solid research to elucidate his interest in how human behavior will change as a result of the latest technological advances. He convincingly argues that our changing notion of community needs to be used in a beneficial manner to create a more humane and sustainable world.
This book is a must read for academics, corporate types and anyone interested in how technology can promote grassroots social change.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-284): Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ian McLean, Will Willis, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, but a few errors

I have to say, I kinda liked this book, even though I found a number of errors. Between this and Unleashed, you probably can't go wrong. But both left holes and technet wasn't much help. Eventually I found what I needed and agree with the other reviewer that winstructor's website is brilliant and I consequently passed my exam using their videos.
This book has quite a few labs, which were nice. But very little on things like Certificates and Front/Back End Servers.
Overall if I had to choose either book, I'd go with Unleashed, even though its not an exam prep book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# Network Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Richard Blum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book - deserves way more credit that it's getting

I bought this book based on the previous reviews and I really regretted it. The book is
1. hard to read due to lack of detailed explanation as to how an why certain things are done that way2. does not give comprehensive information on important topics3. not enough examples4. give superflous explanation like "property getxxx - this property gets the property xxx".
You should all read the excellent books by "amit kalani" to compare how a technical book should be written.