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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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for those who want to learn "hands on"


Anyone who knows the name Eric Meyer knows that he is a diety in the CSS world. This book takes a look at a few step-by-step projects that will help newbies understand how, when, and why to use CSS.
That said, I do not recommend this book to those who are already well versed in CSS. I really didn't get a lot out of it, but I would consider myself a more advanced reader. I can definitely see the benefit for people just getting their feet wet.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The SSCP Prep Guide: Mastering the Seven Key Areas of System Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Debra S. Isaac, Michael J. Isaac
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A one star book that cannot stand alone


After using this book for review and having failed the exam using this book, I can confidently say that this book alone falls dismally short of it purported goal. I have turned to the Shon Harris All in one and the official ISC2 books for reivew of my CISSP exam (sscp is a forgone conclusion) as well as other sources.
My reccomendation is that you don't even bother purchasing this books as it is a total waste of your hard earned money especially in light of a fine book (all in one) that is readily available.
Caveat Emptor



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
Opened my eyes to the power in SQL Server


The book showed me the real power in SQL Server. Coming from Oracle for the last 5 years, I thought of SQL Server as a toy. No more. If nothing else, this book convinced me that SQL Server is now ready to play with the big boys.
As far as the book itself goes - it's loaded with valuable info. The cursors chapter, the stored procedure chapter, the triggers chapter, the views chapter, the concurency chapter - have all proved invaluable to me. In fact, there isn't much not to like about this book.
The other thing I like is the fact that someone has finally documented all those undocumented features. Since I came over to SQL Server, I kept running into them, not knowing which ones I should use, or how safe they might be. Now I know. Henderson's Undocumented T-SQL chapter lays it all out. The secrets are finally revealed, along with a good dose of advice on when to use undocumented stuff and when not to.
All in all, this is the best SQL Server book on the market, bar none.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Michael R. Irwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An in-depth Access 2000 course


This practical volume provides a thorough coverage of Access 2000's features, explaining each function in detail, providing a well-rounded knowledge base for the learner. It is written with the beginner and experienced user in mind, covering everything from the basics to the more advanced topics.
It is a training manual and reference book combined, with chapters designed so they can be studied in any order, though working sequentially would be the ideal way to go. The material and specific tasks covered in previous chapters are reviewed for consolidation, and even finding a specific topic is made easy through its exhaustive index.
However, if you are in a hurry to delve into the secrets of Access 2000, there is a detachable quick start hands-on guide at the beginning of the book, from which you can learn the basics and acquire a general overview of Access' features in a short time. It also contains various keyboard shortcuts. The accompanying CD contains the book in electronic form, the files used throughout the manual, and several other useful programmes.