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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Now I understand the Enigma!

This is a subject I have had interest in for many years but the first time I've read a book about codes and ciphers. I recommend it. It clarified a lot of things about this facinating subject. Get it, the price in right.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Data Modeling Handbook : A Best-Practice Approach to Building Quality Data Models
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Michael C. Reingruber, William W. Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellant Reference book

This book is definately an excellant reference book. However beginners might as well buy books which explain basics in more detail.It does not get into the core concepts. This one , though serves as a good resource on solving some of the real life problems that are encoutered. Definately a Good investment

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good all around Book

This has been the best C++ book I have ever read. Not only does the author provide comprehensive coverage of Visual C++, he also gives an A-1 intro to the language itself. I am not a beginner at C++, but I am new to MS VC++, however, the explanation of the basic C++ language given in the first several chapters filled in nicely the gaps in my knowledge. I highly recommend this book without hesitation. If you want a quick grasp on a powerful language you need this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent starter book

This book is a very painful read for anyone with a logical mind who has had previous contact with other humans.
You are told how to interview: "On the other hand, if this reply does not completely answer the question, continue with the appropriate line of questioning until the participant clearly identifies the purpose and use of the sample." Which I read as, "if you don't get a useful answer, rephrase the question"!
As for advice in choosing names for database fields? "Do not choose words that could confuse the meaning of the field name". Come on!
Advice to the reader, which has a section devoted to it in the introduction and is reiterated as a reminder later in the book,: "Focus on the concept or technique and its intended results, not on the example used to illustrate it."
Simple concepts, like the difference between a one-to-many relationship vs. a many-to-many relationship, are overexplained.
The reader's overriding thought during the first half of the book is "Where's the beef?".
I felt I had to offset the many 9s and 10s given to this book. In my opinion, anyone with even a limited programming background will be extremely disappointed in this book.