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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Value beyond the merely technical


What distinguishes this book from other computer books is that it has value beyond the technical info it imparts. If you took all the technical info out (most of the book, no doubt), you'd still have very finely crafted prose - something that you'd enjoy reading for its own sake.
The epigraphs that start each chapter are edgy and thought-provoking. The asides sprinkled throughout the book wherein the author delves into his own background to explain a concept or defend a position are interesting in and of themselves. The text is written quite well, and provides insight into what it takes to write world-class code in the first place, regardless of whether it's in Transact-SQL or some other language.
And one more thing: the author has been extremely gracious with me personally. I wrote the email address included in the book with some essoteric questions that I didn't really expect to even garner a response. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a reply a few days later. Since then, I've quizzed him over several other little difficulties I've stumbled upon in my work. Each and every time, he writes back - often with very novel and clever solutions to my little problems. He's the most gracious author I've ever "met", and his book belongs in your library if you do anything with SQL Server's Transact-SQL.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS & BIND Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Magic bullet for quick DNS fixes/receipies


If you need to understand the difference between BIND 9 or Windows AD DNS and BIND 8, this is not the book for you. But if your management decides to tell you about the imporant new product launch on 20 servers in a new domain they just bought and kept under wraps to stun the competition which they need implemented in some novel way that requires a DNS twist, THIS will save you.
It will also save you if you are really a Windows admin, but you need to configure something in BIND. Or if you need to do something in BIND that you haven't done before.
Or if you don't care WHY you have to do task X, Y and then Z to get the desired result, but you need to know HOW? This is your book.

The WHY is in the BIND book from O'Reilly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference


This book not only helped me get certified with a good score but also helped deepen my understanding of several topics that are not even touched up on by other certification books. I am going to keep this as a reference book for brushing up on everything about java. The questions in this book are tougher and trickier(maybe more than what is necessary for the programmer certification) than what comes on the actual exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: InDesign CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby, Terry White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
indesign cs killer tips


Best layed-out computer book i've ever seen! Beautiful, glossy heavy wieght paper, also. There are about 2 tips for each page. Illustrations look EXACTLY how they look on screen (mac osx). the simplisity of this book is perfect for people like me who are so far jammed up the creative side of their brains that they even walk with a limp! Expert users might complain about some of the tips not being "killer"...

But, if you're an expert already, why are you reading the book anyhow?! Let the subject learn how to get into the castle from the back door!

You might need another book if you're learning InDesign CS, but, this one is a keeper! get this one without a dout!