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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Mark Spenik, Orryn Sledge
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book

This is a huge book with lots of information. I liked the presentation and the author knows what he is talking about on a very large subject.
My only complaint is that I wish the author had written more from a tips and tricks style, or added a section like that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good book, but outdated

This books is about to change my life. Call me dumb, but after buying 3 other books, I was still at loss how to just sit down and find the things I was looking for in the database. This is the book that opened my eyes. If you're a beginner, start with this book and you'll save yourself money, time, and your boss asking every 5 minutes, why are you taking so long???

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good text

This text is well written, but not very technical. It is not particularly useful as a reference, if your goal is to get a project or projects off the ground. The text does a nice job of explaining and motivating the different methods. I found the book to be very informative and useful, worth reading and perhaps owning, but other books such as Elements of Statistical Learning by Hastie et al. have more to offer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Rod Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
By far the best J2EE book

It's not an average J2EE book . Rod discussed a lot of framework design issues. He also criticized some J2EE flaws and told us how to avoid them. You will learn a LOT of design techniques from this book. Every J2EE developers should have this book ! The words and phases in this book is easy to understand , even for me , a Taiwanese , can comprehend easily.