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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle 11i E-Business Suite from the Front Lines
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: April J. Wells
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
"Hands on" primer for newbie Oracle Apps DBAs

Assumed knowledge: Oracle database admininistration and/or knowledge of material covered in the OCP exams
Target audience: Ideal for new to intermediate Apps DBAs and/or non-Apps DBAs in the transition to becoming an Oracle Apps DBA.
Content: Current up to at least release 11.5.8; covers new 8i and 9i features; low to medium level detail on how-to; hands-on/by example approach
Platform and O/S coverage: Mainly UNIX (70%) with some Wintel (30%)
Unique to this book: 1. Rare, "under the hood" detail of 11i-specific 9iAS components: Apache and Jserv (Chapters 4 & 5). This 11i specific information doesn't appear in any other publication, Oracle or third party (that I know of). Chapters 4 and 5 could justify purchasing the entire book.2. Very "hands on" or by example, low to medium level detail approach by the author: plenty of screen shots, actual commands, how-to examples. Ideal for the beginner and intermediate Apps DBA -- I wish I had this when I started out!3. Chapter 10 on Patching provides the essential, need-to-know ADPATCH details for effective patching.
Shortcomings: 1. No technical architecture overview of Oracle 11i E-Business Suite.2. Chapter 9 on Installation and Migration: Lacking depth of coverage of feasible 11i to 11i migration strategies. No mention of Releases such as 11.5.8 or 11.5.9, Consolidated Update Patch 1 or 2.3. Chapter 11 on Cloning: Unfortunately, not very original as it adds no further information nor insight/value to the Metalink note on Rapid Cloning released by Oracle.
Overall verdict: Detailed and hands-on reference for the beginner-intermediate Oracle Apps DBA. Serves as a handy primer to "hit the ground running" with administering an 11i environment. Unfortunately, it falls short on detail re: upgrades, migrations and 11i cloning.
April Wells' effort complements, and provides more low to medium level of detail than two "must-have" books for Oracle Apps/11i DBA: Andy Tremayne's Oracle Applications Performance Tuning Handbook and Barbara Matthews'/Beacon Solutions' Installing, Upgrading & Maintaining Oracle Applications 11i.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A simple, helpful guide

Design inspired by this little book leans towards clean & well ordered displays of information. This book provides basics of page building & information distribution. Beginners will like this book, however, those looking for more complex layout ideas should either work on the existing ideas taking them to the next levels, or peruse other books.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Wolfram Media
Authors: Stephen Wolfram
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The reference, not the tutorial

There's a lot of power in Mathematica, as a symbolic algebra system, as super-powered calculator, for basic graphics, and even for limited kinds of text preparation. This puts essentially all of that power in your hands.
You had better have strong hands. This is as thick as most two books on my shelf. That's what it takes, though, to describe something as featureful as Mathematica. Just about any function you ever heard of, it has. It also has the derivative and integral, in symbolic form, and maybe even a moment generating function, if that applies. It's all there and it's indexed fairly well.
That won't help the beginner struggling with the basic syntax or programming model. The pattern matching is not at all intuitive, if you've been programming in procedural or OO languages - a Prolog background would serve you better. Combinations of code, formatted text, and graphics are also possible, but no always easy to work out from this text. This is not a primer, it's an encyclopedia.
That's what I want, though: the language, the library, and an organization that doesn't hide them. It's not a user-friendly introduction, but I'm not a very friendly user.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not good enough.....

Great Cisco! What in God's name were you guys drinking when editing this book? I'm on pg. 100 and I've counted at least 5 errors so far. And judging from the content I'm reading, it really doesn't seem like CCIE information but more like CCNP. Maybe they want to raise the failure-rate for the CCIE written exam by publishing this book....who knows. IMHO, this book should have been twice as thick for the amount of information required for the CCIE test.