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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for learning PL/SQL


This is still the best PL/SQL book on the market. Very well written with great examples.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Needed resources - Filled with errors


This examp prep is key to passing the PMP exam. It covers topics that are tested but not in PMBOK. But, the text and sample questions CD are filled with errors. Combine these errors with PMI's goofy subjective questions for some fun stress.
Good luck passing the PMP!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent but has errors


Don't be fooled into thinking that this book alone will get you ready for passing the PMP Cert exam. The PMP exam is much harder than any other cert. Don't expect this book's into to PM style is enough to pass the exam.
Kim's book is lacking in many ways; too many errors and ommisions for my taste. For example, Kim got it wrong - the five process groups are not phases! Controlling is not a phase. It's this lack of critical thinking that will lull you into thinking you're ready to take the exam when you're not.
I prefer PMP Cert For Dummies - and so do all those in my study group. Between us, we have all the books. Our recommendation is to buy several books - this one along with PMP cert is a good combo. By the way, Rita's is too overpriced and omits too many things for self-study. If you like Rita's re-cycled class workbook take her $1,100 course instead and get it for free.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Authors: Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler, Andy Hunt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A definitive reference to the programming language


The collaborative effort of Dave Thomas (who is personally responsible for many of the innovative directions and initiatives associated with Ruby) with the added assistance of Chad Fowler (codirector of Ruby Central, Inc.) and Andy Hunt (a founder of the Pragmatic Programmers and the Pragmatic Bookshelf), Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide is composed of four major sections: a "user friendly" tutorial on employing Ruby; a definitive reference to the programming language; a complete documentation of all build-in classes, modules, and methods; and a complete and definitive description of all 98 standard libraries. This newly expanded and updated second addition also addresses coverage of installation, packaging, and documenting Ruby source code; threading and synchronization; and enhancing Ruby's capabilities using C-Language extensions. Of additional value are the new chapters on XML/RPC, SOAP, distributed Ruby, templating systems, other web services, and unit testing.