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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hugh E. Williams
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good, though not O'Reilly standard


This is a solid book on PHP and MySQL, but it's not organized in the standard O'Reilly style. It follows a single example, in depth, through the entire book and in the later part of the book dedicates whole chapters just to explaining the code of the example.

The first six chapters, which cover PHP, SQL (and MySQL) and PEAR are the best in the book. The SQL chapter is particularly good.

Overall the book is well written and thorough. My problem is two fold. I think the organization would be better if it spent less time on the example project. And on a technical level the MySQL access is not proper or secure and is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks.

I would recommend Advanced PHP Programming from Addison Wesley for experienced PHP users. For beginners this book is a good start, but you should not use it for example code for database access.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study


The CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100) is the ultimate vendor-neutral wireless networking study guide. The emphasis is on "Official", it is the text used in all authorized CWNA training courses. At 541 pages long, it features superb graphics, well-written text, practice exams (with answers) at the end of each chapter, an Appendix "RF in Perspective", 20-page glossary and a17-page comprehensive index. Serious candidates for the CWNA certificate will study this guide, and the QuizWare.com 336-question CWNA/CWNP practice exam by the same authors.
Joe Martorelli, CWNA, Lake Washington Technical College, WA



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Software Development with SCRUM
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Ken Schwaber, Mike Beedle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SCRUM BABY


This is a great hands on book for developers and development managers alike. Good analogies and case studies. Great references as well for those of us into process control theory and complexity theory. Only 150 pages makes it very readable.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA: SQL Server 2000 Administration Study Guide, 2nd Edition (70-228)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Rick Sawtell, Lance Mortensen, Joseph Jordan, Joseph Jorden
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
not enough by itself


I just got out of 70-228, having failed for the second time in a row. I used this guide AND the Transcender tests, and still failed. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say... Must be his fault. I'd be inclined to think so myself, but I'm an MCSE and an MCSD for .NET, part of which was 70-229, and I know the whole certification drill by heart. I've reviewed the areas where I did the worst, looked for the topics in the book, and found the book to have pretty thin coverage. It's still a pretty good book, and the format is effective, hence the 3 stars, but the results speak for themselves. I'm off to the store to see the Micrsoft materials for this topic, which got very rare rave reviews.