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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Barry Gerber
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I have already found 3 errors in this book:(and I just started reading it...)
1. SRS is not even mentioned (the component that allows exchange 2000/2003 to be a part of exchange 5.5 organization and allows for move mailbox migration)
2. ADC is presented as "new with exchange 2003" - not true - exists in windows 2000/exhange 2000 environment.
3. In the system requirements, the book says you need windows 2003 - not true - you can install exchange 2003 on windows 2000 sp3 and up.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin Dittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Chapter-by-Chpter Review - Overall a Good Book

This review is for the 6th edition. The 6th edition makes very good improvement from the 5th. Otherwise my review may be quite different. Overall, I feel this is quite a good book. (You may notice that I do not give many 4 stars for books).

I waited for quite a while before I start to write this review. It is quite difficult to give an overview to this quite complicate book since it covers many aspects of systems analysis and design, and some of the coverages are excellent and some are done in quite a hurry. Besides, I should tell you that I have not read many other text books in this subject lately so that I do not know how this book compares with others. I decide to review each chapter. I hope this will help the author to improve this book (if they do visit here. I do not know them at all) and help the readers to as a guide. I am teaching this book right now. In this way, I may develop this long review graduately.

This book is not written for experienced information technology professionals. Otherwise, they may not have the patient to read this book through. The authors write this book for "information systems and business majors at the sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level". The authors further recommended that the students take a computer- and information systems literacy course first. I do not agree with the recommendation of the authors for the best readership. Students with only computer and information systems literacy course may find this book difficult. This book is much better to teach senior students who have taken courses for various systems building blocks, such as database and programming. In other words, you better have a pretty good idea about various types of houses and the major building blocks before you study how to build them. The authors do cover the basic components for information systems. However, often such coverage is not well-written and it makes me guess that the authors are not as good on the building blocks level of information systems.

For business students, I feel this book may be too heavy for them. They most likely participate in the system development game as owners and users, and they should study a text from that perspective.

The book provides chapter maps based on a framework presentated in this book. I found them very useful for students and for instructors, in particular since the book covers very diversified topics and the book has to study the same element from several different perspectives at several chapters. Different stakeholders look at different building block of different types of house from many different perspectives when different construction techniques are used at different building stages... Try to write a book about it. You get the picture? Several reviewers complain they do not understand this book. It is indeed a complicated game. This is also why the authors use 5 different colors frequently to indicates different perspectives in terms of methods, data/knowledge, process, communication/interface and people. Some reviewers consider the usage of colors in this book confusing. It is partly the fault of the authors. Though the color legend is explained in preface of the book and somewhere else, the authors should know many students do not read preface.

A continuous story (Analyst in Action Episodes) is provided for each chapter about a supposedly real world like business and its development team. Many students like this story since it gives them some hints on the outside world. However, again, instructors should remind them to read this story. Otherwise they may not read it at all. At the end, I will return to discuss the quality of this story.

The book has 4 parts. Part One, The Context of Systems Development Projects, gives an overall picture about systems analysis and design. (to be continued)

/* The statement and opinions expresses here are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer */

Product: Book - Plastic Comb
Title: Digital Photography for Dummies, Quick Reference
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: David D. Busch, David D. Busch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
You're a dummy if you buy this book !

Poorly written, little useful information on Digital Photography.
The photos inside the book are very poorly printed Black and White photos. My old copy machine would do a better job.

Pathetic effort at Digital Photography, the author should stay with computer books.

Be warned, don't waste your money !

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 Developer's Handbook Volume 1: Desktop Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for MsAccess programmers

Daily employed subjects, very good explaineds and an useful INDEX to found what you need. That is aplicable to the whole serie "Access xxx Developer's Handbook". I own all of them!. The best books about MsAccess.