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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i DBA Handbook
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Marlene Theriault
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Another Fine Tome

Kevin Loney continues to be a major force in documenting the onslaught of new database features from Oracle and this volume is no different.
Don't expect a CD-ROM to be included with this however - mine arrived without one and there is no indication that there ever was one planned. The Oracle Press web site does not mention one. This actually turned out to be a listing error by Amazon and has been corrected. If you like performance tuning, consider Donald Burleson's excellent guide to using and extending the Oracle Statspack utility.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Distance Manager: A Hands On Guide to Managing Off-Site Employees and Virtual Teams
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kimball Fisher, Mareen Fisher
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly Recommended!

Kimball Fisher and Mareen Duncan Fisher document the special skills needed for the new but increasingly common task of managing far-flung work groups. The approaches that they examine are becoming increasingly essential for all managers. Although they explore relevant technologies carefully, their human relations advice is probably more important. The Fishers emphasize the interpersonal and leadership skills that a manager needs to head a virtual team. If you read this book cover to cover, it can seem repetitive, since many of the rules and tips offered in one area overlap with those in other areas. However, the book is designed to allow you to review specific management challenges and technologies, and to ignore areas that are irrelevant to your situation. We [...] recommend this clear, practical work to anyone who leads virtual teams and to the telecommuters and freelance workers who report to them.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applied Survival Analysis: Regression Modeling of Time to Event Data
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Authors: David W. Hosmer Jr., Stanley Lemeshow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A clear, simple introduction to survival models

Hosmer and Lemeshow have given us a clear, nontechnical introduction to using survival models. The book strikes a good balance between covering the basics and addressing the most recent, state-of-the-art techniques, including repeated events, frailty models, and others. They also do a good job of addressing practical issues, including estimation details and available software. While most of the examples are drawn from medicine and biostatistics, this book could also serve as a useful starting point for social and behavioral scientists interesting in learning the fundamentals of these models, as well as a useful reference for applied researchers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise, Informative, Easy to Read

An excellent book for beginning to intermediate UNIX/ksh users. Clear. To the point. Easy to read. Few "forward references" -- those that exist are clearly explained; i.e., "X is because of Y, which is discussed in Chapter N." No superfluous diagrams or typographic fluff.