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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Resource


If you want a great resource to maximize your Google search, the first 90 pages or so are for you. I have picked up quite a few tricks that I now use everyday in my research at work.
The bulk of the book deals with the API, and writing applications with it, or integrating it into your exisiting web pages. The next 40 pages or so get you started and are at a level that almost any web developer can understand and apply.
After that, the book hits the API pretty hard, and you are going to need a Google Developer key, and some knowledge or Perl or other scripting language to really make use of it. Even if you dont regularly use Perl, if you know any script at all you can follow along, and it is actually very interesting.
If you are looking for a end-to end Google user's guide, you will find some of that here, but web developers will benefit most.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Terrible index


The book is good, both for an experienced user migrating to Wildfire and a newbie. The author teaches the software on a step by step basis, followed by a thorough tutorial at the end of the chapters. The tutorials are useful, might as well skip the preceding sections and jump right at these to learn the software.
The book has one downside though, the author is very verbose, indicating even in the last chapter to "Click the right mouse button...", the book could've easily been 75 to 100 pages shorter.
The chapter on Surface Modeling is available for download from the publisher's website and it measures up to the rest of the book.
Overall, a good buy if you are new to Pro/E Wildfire.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Just not enough meat...


This book was a disappointment. Mostly it shows how to create packages using the Enterprise Mgr interface. I don't need a book to do that. Right now I am coding a VB app using DTS, and this book was definitely not enough. This is a beginner book, introductory in nature. There is an Object reference, but I can see that in the Object Browser. The examples are simplistic and not real-world. The examples on the SQL Server 2000 Resource Kit are better. I am moving large amounts of data data and have to deal with permissions, constraints, dependency tables -- none of this is covered. You can manipulate the object model thousands of ways; without any guidance on these advanced topics (not covered by MSDN) you are adrift... and your packages will fail every time.If you are a programmer, don't bother with this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for beginners . . .


If you were stranded on a lonely island and allowed one servlet and JSP book, then this would be it.
This book assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of server side java and is a very good book for beginners.
However this book does not cover the new features in servlet specification 2.3 and JSP specification 1.2The newer version of this book, More servlets and JSP by the same author is a much better book, if you want to learn about the features in the new specifications.
Also this is a very good book if you are planning to undertake the Sun Certified Web component developer certification.
Overall, it is worth every penny if you are starting with servlets and JSP with no prior server side java programming experience.