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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Wrong Book

This book was very well written in the general sense. It covers all the aspects used to design a relational database from beginning to end. I found the chapter on query optimization quite interesting. It really explained what makes a query more efficient and faster.
This book does not explain how to use such database tools as Oracle 8i, and MS Access although they are mentioned briefly. A number of chapters in the text were a little repetitive, they helped to illustrate the theory involved by working through a real world example.
All in all this is an excellent text for an introduction to database design course however, this text should not be bought if you are looking to learn a specific database management tool.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jen deHaan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
easy for me, I highly recommend

I'm not sure if I am reading the same book as these other guys here. I bought this book because I wanted to build an web application with Flash MX 2004 (not the only animate!), and learn the kinds of things it can do. You need this version of Flash to do that... and at least that's what this book does!
I really liked how it took some of the more complex things in Flash and made them really simple, which I don't think can too easy and why some of the steps are long. Maybe itis, I dont know. But I could follow along and I'm just starting out and I wasn't really bored by this book or thinking that it was confusing or anything. I'm glad I didn't read those because I wanted to build an application including all the different things and use the things in 2004 to do it and that's what this book does and you learn lots.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

Ok, let me start by saying that the author of this book is indeed well prepared and able to go into detail in his explanations. If you are really interested in programming with EJB this is one of the books you should check, despite its many flaws.. The first three chapter make a fully successful attempt to protect the mysteries of J2EE fromprofane eyes by putting a deep sleep spell on the reader.If you survive it you will probably find yourself wondering about the order in which the story is told...First a hurried example involving a session bean collaborating with an entity bean, then one chapter on the client side (which of course you need to understand how the heck you could have tested the beans just developed), then entity beans get presented again but this time in more detail.. only you get to know first the CMP flavour (which is the more complicated) and the BMP flavour after, totally against what common sense would advice. Then you go into session beans, which , being simpler than entities should have been presented before..and how about a chapter 16 on deployment descriptors? They are the configuration files you need to deploy ANY EJB and you explain them at the end of the book? The impression is this author would be much better if he stopped thinking by compartmentsand trying to make things appear much more difficult and deep than what they actually are. Also, the workbooks with the exercises for this text are a joke. You will be presented with canned code and a few ant scripts to execute, compile, builddeploy and run the code. Very kewl but if you know what you are doing you can do it yourself and if you don't .. well clicking on a few batch files or executing ant scipts won't teach you much I can assure you..

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET in a Nutshell, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie, Matthew MacDonald
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Fairly good structure; Mostly for VB.NET programmers

I concur with other reviewers on the following points:

1) The organization is good and focuses strictly on the relevant web classes in .NET.

2) The documentation, however, is more or less a repeat of ASP.NET information from MSDN. In a lot of O'Reilley Nutshell books, the authors typically add more insight to the classes they cover that the official documentation does not. With this book, I really did not get that impression.

If you need an offline version of the MSDN documentation, this is great. Another detraction is that the book does not come with a documentation add-in CD like the other .NET in a Nutshell books.

3) The most egregious fault with this book is that the authors do NOT tell you that the book is mostly in VB.NET syntax. I'm trying to learn C# and the book's latter parts is all VB.NET. I really wish the authors were upfront about this, so I could save myself some money. *sigh*

Future ASP.NET Authors: If you're going to write about ASP.NET, please specify, somewhere on the cover or in the introduction, the language you will be using for examples.

C# programmers may be better off reading Programming ASP.NET by Jesse Libery and Dan Hurwitz or similar books, which uses C# for its examples.