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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
how i trade for a living

It seems that every once in a while a real trader comes along and writes a book that gives true insight into the difficult world of profitable trading. With this new book, Gary Smith has written a classic that is an absolute must read by all serious students of the markets. The author specifically describes all of his own trading methods. These methods are completely revealed; nothing is held back for future purchases or future seminars. Mr. Smith is not just another vendor trying to separate you from your capital, but rather a profitable trader who has attempted to assist other traders in mastering this profession. In addition to revealing his own style of trading, Mr. Smith's observations on filters, technical indicators, and seasonal trading are easily adaptable to any style of trading. While I have never traded junk bonds or mutual funds on a short term basis, his methods on these topics is so compelling that I am certainly looking into these topics now. The bottom line is that this rare book is ideal for both the experienced trader and the novice looking for just the right edge. All traders will profit from studying this manual. It is just pure gold!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
The least helpful Java book I have

If one is looking for a high level overview of the basics of Java, this book is adequate. But if the goal is to actually use the book as a tool in order to learn Java, there is not much content. I have 4 Java books, and only 1 I never open. This is it

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Sajal Dam
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Look at the last chapter

Dam starts off by describing quite general problems that might arise in any relational database. He also wants you to inject some rigour into your efforts, by defining fundamental baseline metrics for your system usage. Then, when trying ideas described later in the book, you can get objective quantitative feedback on their efficacies.

Of course, the bulk of the book is specific to SQL Server. But you should keep in mind that Dam is not primarily offering a bunch of quick tips on performance improvement. To be sure, the chapters do indeed give specific suggestions that you can try. But a more sophisticated reader can get an understanding of the broad constraints of SQL Server and a rough but good idea of its internal workings. You don't need source code for this.

It sbould also be said that you need a good knowledge of SQL and the theory of relational databases, before venturing into the book. Some chapters (like on blocking and deadlock analysis) will considerably test this background.

But the last chapter may be welcomed by some of you. It summarises the book by offering a detailed list of best practices. If you want to quickly gauge what the book has to offer, read the last chapter first.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (for Windows)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wallace Wang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good book that is intended for beginner.

If you know nothing about VB and are an absolute beginner, then I highly recommend this as your first book on the subject. Yes, it is extremely basic in terms of how much it exposes you to VB as a whole, but that's what it is intended for. And it was an easy read. At then end, you will be able to write simple programs (i.e. mortgage calculator, etc...). I used this book to get past the intimidation of learning a programming language, then I moved on. Because I am a DBA, my next purchase was the VB6 database programming for Dummies (which was a perfect continuation because this book ends on a discussion on databases). I then purchased an advanced book to help me with my MCSD which I am currently pursuing. BTW, I found the VB help to be extremely helpful as well with lots of sample code. There are also TONS of reference materials and tutorials (an example is johnsmiley.com) available on the internet. I gave this book 4 stars because.....well...just because nobody's perfect (sorry Wally).
Good Luck!