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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in Ada 95 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Barnes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK, but not for beginners

Like the Ada language itself, I find this book wordy and repetitive, but complete. It really does seem to have full descriptions of all the language features. I'm not sure, because I have to flip to so many different sections to see one feature described, that I really don't know whether I found everything.
This book reads like a standards document, designed by commitee. (If you're never read standards, imagine reading 'War and Peace' by selecting pages in random order.) In the bigger standards, any given component tends to make sense only when you've mastered all other system features, so you understand how that component fits the system as a whole. That means the learning curve includes a jump discontinuity, from zero up to where you've absorbed some critical mass of information. That's what this book is like.
Yes, Ada is a complex language, so a truly brief description is impossible. A better writer knows, though, that brevity (to a point) improves clarity, and that the organization of content is at least as important as the content itself.
The one real strength in this book is the many examples. They are sometimes over-long for the points they make, but seem to demonstrate most of the important language features.
If you already know a few languages including at least one with object orientation, you should be able to hack a trail for yourself through this thicket of information - the author has not paved a clear path for you. If you are a beginning programmer, you're likely to have a hard time of it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: HP-UX CSA : Official Study Guide and Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rafeeq Ur Rehman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mr. Rafeeq you did good job.

Author has done a pretty good job, topics are well covered.
Today I passed the exam using this book,Really its Reference and a Study Guide.
Totaly The exam is easy and cost less than 75% ,comparing to Solaris exams.
Thanks to Mr.Rafeeq.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Web Pages All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Emily A. Vander Veer, Doug Lowe, Eric J. Ray, Deborah S. Ray, Damon Dean, Camille McCue, Emily Sherrill Weadock, Joyce J. Nielsen, Mariva Aviram, Stephen Lockwood, Madhu Siddalingaiah
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great, as long as you know a little bit before hand

This is a great book. I love it. But there is one thing that some people may be looking for in it that isnt there. This book will not tell you everything that you want to know about making a web page. It is exactly what the title says, it is a desk reference. I would not recommend it to a person that has no experience with web pages (mainly HTML), but if you know the basics behind a web page, and want to know how to improve your web page, buy this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best I've ever seen!

I teach an introduction to Database Design course at the University of Cincinnati. I have searched for three years for a non-technical, introductory textbook for my class and have been unable to find one until reading the Hernandez book. There are plenty of advanced textbooks out there, but no real book for "the mere mortal". Bravo, Mike! I just placed my order for the 97-98 school year today. We will be ordering approximately 150 copies. If anyone wants to take the evening class at U of C, The class number is 30-441-291 (sections 001 and 002) all 4 quarters. The course title is "Database Overview". Sincerely, Joe Herzo