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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very interesting and easy to understand

If you are a person who eats, sleeps, and dreams about algorithms, then this book is for you. However, if you are an average student interested in programming, and want to get a good understanding of this subject matter, don't buy this one. The authors of this book do a very poor job of explaining even the most basic concepts, and seem to think the people reading this book are high-level graduate students. There are few examples, and fewer explanations. We have two teachers teaching this stuff at my school, one of which has a doctorate in CS, and both of them are having a hard time explaining this stuff to us.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i DBA Handbook
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Marlene Theriault
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
explanations far too short USELESS AVOID

I have 2y. experience on Ora8i & 9i.2 on windows 2000 and winXP german platform. Bought tons of those fat & bulky Oracle books of all these gurus (Loney, Urmann, Trezzo, ...) including 9i reference books. A lot of money thrown out!

Oracle (9i) Universal Installer and oracle Enterprise Manager got more foolproof, I recommend to install w/o a book first & let the wizzard do the work. Oracle 10g should be even more "adaptive".

We had bought the official german translation Oracle Press/Hanser for a migration project from Sybase Adaptive Anywhere 7.0.4 to Oracle 9i.2. well, maybe everything is covered, but explanations are FAR too short.
example 1: the new feature pfile or spfile instead of init<...>.ora
This is not even a reference book! Just a waste of 2.36 inch (6cm) space on your bookshelf to say it straight.
example 2: book index lacks the keywords you are looking for

At least the book (german edition) is long lasting, nicely layouted and printed on decent quality paper. It doesn't fall apart as other Oracle paperbacks from Osborne/McGrawHill. Two stars for that.

All in all, if you are in deep trouble with your Oracle Database don't hope for help of these authors/gurus, i.e. no e-mail support.
Better get a free sign up to Technet (OTN) and save the money for a TOAD license. Or buy a book from Mike Ault.

Last but not least it's an outdated book (as of Sep 2004), Oracle 10g is out. it's a fast paced world.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The single worst strategy guide ever

If I could do it all over again I would have saved my money and bought an unofficial strategy guide instead of this trash.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Interesting and useful guide

Interesting and well written guide. Seems well written as a tutorial for novices, and a useful reference for more experienced users.
I have been surprised at the number of errors I have found in the text, and the use of "icons" that are not defined anywhere. Other than these small detractors, a very useful book.