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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 2000 DTS Step by Step (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl Rabeler
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The Book is Good but DTS is still full of bugs

The book is a good way for learning DTS.

But DTS being still ful of bugs does not help the author (try loading a flat file with more then 78 characters par lign and you will understand what i mean...).

Also - there is not much on XML - and some XML-related new patches Microsoft has added to its original SQL Server 2000 product.

I recommend this book in this only case: DTS has already been choosen as the ETL for your company - for some other reasons than simple of use or speed (it might be the price which is low -DTS being part of the SQL Server 2000 package).

I all other cases i recommend choosing another ETL.

Hope SQL Server 2005 (the new release of Microsoft's solution) will be a better product...


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Duncan Davidson, Inc. Apple Computer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Introduction/Tutorial

Learning Cocoa with Objective-C presents a clear series of short examples that demonstrate many key aspects of Cocoa. The writing style is direct, and free from distracting stories or other fluff. I first purchased Hillegass' book, but started to become flustered with some of the examples which implemented concepts that had yet to be explained.
I then purchased Cocoa Programming by Scott Anguish which gave me great insight into the Cocoa concepts. After reading about half of Anguish's book I returned to the Hillegass book to get me hands dirty with some of the tutorials again, but I just couldn't get into the style of the book.
I then picked up Learning Cocoa and found great relief in the clean format of the book. While the topics discussed aren't explored to a great depth, I feel that such brevity is appropriate for a tutorial book. Davidson does a good job of keeping the examples short and to the point (shaving literally pages off the Currency Converter example which is also presented in Apples docs).
My recommendation would be to buy this book as a tutorial and buy Cocoa Programming by Scott Anguish for reference and deeper exploration.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Using Primavera SureTrak Project Manager Version 3.0
Publisher: Eastwood Harris
Authors: Paul E. Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Makes an incredible program more incredible

When I reviewed the SureTrak program here last may I considered myself to be an experienced used who fully understood the features of that powerful PM application. After reading this book I found out that I was only using a fraction of the features that are built into SureTrak. For example, while I knew that it supported multiple calendars. This feature gives you absolute control and is especially useful when you're using subcontractors or multi-national resources. Until I was stepped through it by the book's lessons I didn't know how to fully exploit its power.
It was the same for reports. SureTrak includes reports for every conceivable management style and project type. The problem is there are so many that it's difficult to select the ones best suited to each project's unique requirements or your PM standards. This book clearly explained the reports and clearly explained how to create custom reports in the unlikely event that what you need isn't already included. I also learned a lot from the lessons on resource management, as well as the author's tips for project management in general.
If you're using SureTrak you should get this book because it's a safe bet that you're not using everything it has to offer for planning, scheduling and control - and this book will reveal them.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Elliott, Marc Loy, David Wood, Brian Cole
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst book among the books about Java Swing

This is by far most useless book among the books about Java Swing. It does not explain the concepts well. It doesn't serve as a reference well. The example are not good either. Overall, this book makes the developers completely confused. You are not going to waste your money, nature's resource (trees for making papers for this book), and most importantly your time. Go to SUN's web site and grap the SWing tutorial and Java 2 API reference. Together they will serve you 1000 times better than this book.