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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The question is, does it do what it says it does?

The answer is yes. The very first page tells you what the book is good for and what to expect from it, and I quote... "This book if for you if *You are new to SQL *You want to quickly learn how to get the most out of SQL *You want to learn how to use SQL in your own application development *You want to be productive quickly and easily in SQL without having to call someone for help"
It does not say "if you want to be a SQL master" or "If you want to know everything about SQL from A - Z." Give the man his credit, he did what he set out to do.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: FX, Paul Craig, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen, Fyodor, Ryan Russell, Jay Beale
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Chapters - Book So-So

Let me start by saying that, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The individual chapters were entertaining, educational, and in general very well written. Where my problem with the book lies is in how they tried to string it together as a book. There is a running plot line that involves the main character and the law that basically just falls apart two thirds of the way through the book. Furthermore, how everything was tied up (or, rather, wasn't) in the end was very poorly done IMO. This is really the main reason I subtracted two stars. It's impossible to discuss particulars w/o including spoilers, so I won't, but I honestly felt ripped off after turning the last page. Suffice it to say that the book would have been much better if it had ended 10 pages earlier.

That aside, this book is easily as good as "Box" and is a very worthwhile read -- just don't get involved in the story line, and don't expect any sort of payoff at the end.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Teradata Database : Introduction and SQL
Publisher: Education In Parallel
Authors: Brian Marshall
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Teradata bible

This book is good for both beginers and professionals. I recommend everyone working with teradata should have a copy of this for reference

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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<style type="faux/css">review { information: priceless format: real-world, example-based; clarity: crystal; history: eye-opening; audience: essential reading for ALL web profesionals; humor: witty and wise as always; timing: perfect - now is the time for standards and accessibility - zeldman explains why and how; why: save money, time and do the right thing; how: tons of techniques and proven tactics with real world examples; bottom-line: actively using dwws as a tool to move my agency and my clients towards standard compliant practices; }</style>