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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Check Edition!!!


Nice book for those who already know something about computers and want to get certified. Software that comes with it is somewhat buggy. Watch out for what edition you get. Most listings don't sat what edition. Latest one as of this writing is 4TH. 3RD edition doesn't cover Pentium 4 or Windows XP.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Disappointing


This book is very vague...I thought that she would give somekind of paperwork/computer/method of organizing and keeping track of things, but she glosses over (in my opnion) the details that one needs to become a powerseller! You'll probably see my copy up for sale on ebay soon!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig S. Mullins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly Recommended


This is a well-written, well-organized guide to the practice of data base administration. Unlike other books on general database theory or relational database theory, this book focuses more directly on the theory and reality of database administration as practiced by database professionals today, and does so without catering too much to any specific product implementation. As such, Database Administration is very well suited to anyone interested in surveying the job of a DBA or those in similar but more specific roles such as data modeler or database performance analyst.
Yet, even with that direct focus on database administration, the author succeeds in covering a great deal of ground and cutting a rather wide swathe across the database spectrum, doing so with rigor and expertise and the benefit of experience. While the book will not and is not intended to serve as a reference substitute for product documentation, it will nonetheless enhance your knowledge, and I find it of such quality and utility that I recommend it to anyone in the database field in general. Consider it a base text to serve alongside Date and Codd.
Among the nice touches, the author includes discussion of database denormalization, often missing in discussions on database design. Chapters end with both a set of review questions and a Suggested Reading section, and I find myself in agreement with most of the suggestions. An excellent Bibliography section follows the text. I would have liked to see some discussion of the difference between relational domains in theory and their implementation in practice, particularly as it impacts the design of integrity constraints. Even so, Database Administration is an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
- Sal Ricciardi



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jr., Jerry Lee Ford, Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Absolute Must Have!


This book is an absolute must for the beginning VBScript programmer. Not only does Ford provide step-by-step direction to scripting, gradually ramping the complexity of the exercises, but he leaves the reader with WORKING scripts in the form of games with foundational concepts applicable to real-world scripting development.
My primary objective was to learn VBScripting basics to support script enhancements for Mercury Interactive's QuickTest Pro tool (that is based in VBScript), and this book well served its purpose.
I highly recommend it to other readers.