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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A pleasure to work through!


Books in Australia are hideously expensive, particularly technical ones - so I generally spend a great deal of time researching which one is going to be the best value. I can honestly say this is one of the best book buys I've made, and is certainly not gathering any dust - rather it's getting tattered way too soon from overuse!
Being busy, it's a case of working through each project when I can but find that I actually look forward to doing so ahead of time. I've dabbled in CSS for some time now, and even though this is not a definitive reference book, Eric makes it so easy to follow each step, tossing in useful information along the way. It's easy enough to supplement this by looking up CSS references online.
The extensive list of project files means you can pick up a project at any stage or skip ahead to compare how you are doing. Eric's pleasant and easy writing style makes for an enjoyable read. I love this book!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Good Introduction to UML


This is one of the best tutorials I have seen for the UML novice. It is one of two books I would recommend, the other being Fowler's "UML Distilled". That book presents a bare-bones guide; this one is a lengthier tutorial, with more on the why's and wherefore's of UML.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Myst IV: Revelation : Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guide)
Publisher: Prima Games
Authors: BRYAN STRATTON
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Buy the game, not the guide.


While Myst IV: Revelation is another beautiful, great game in the Myst series, this guidebook is not so great. If you are playing a game that relies heavily on difficult puzzles, then you need a good guide - however, this one is full of errors. It took me hours to figure out why I couldn't get past some puzzles after following the guide, only to realize it had given me the incorrect information in order to solve them. It would be better to find an online guide or walkthrough, instead.

Please, don't judge a game by its guide!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle SQL High-Performance Tuning (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Guy Harrison
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


Except for some missing hints (pg. 57-59) and some mixed up hint syntax, I found the book accurate and very enlightening. I've now used it on two from-scratch VLDB projects. Almost every page has something I was able to use to refine SQL statements & PL/SQL server-side code. For example, pg. 206, the section on MAX & MIN statements was the key to my latest project being able to process 20X the number of records we currently do. The section on learning to read tkprof output was helpful. The bibliography was also great (but is probably outdated now). Worth every penny!