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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the most useful Books I have every bought!


This is one of the the best .NET books I have in my collection. The book is well orginized and easy to read. The concepts are mixed so it is great for a beginner or some one looking for a fresh look on something they already do. I will recommend it to any ASP.NET programmer!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent!!


This guy really knows his stuff. This text is very easy to use and to the point. A good investment!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A beginner's dream come true!


This is an excellent book. It covers all major functions of Dreamweaver MX with detail and does not rush through the basic functionality. Gives clever insights and warns you of stumbling points and annoyances. The tutorials are very detailed with clear step-by-step instructions. Throughout the book, the author will give references to previous or coming up chapters, which comes in handy. The later chapters that deal with dynamic html can be a bit terse. However, the tutorial in that section is still strong. Plus, there are plenty of other books that will pick up your training from there. This is a great find and a must have for anyone new to dreamweaver MX.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services (Database)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Larson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book, but could have been better


SQL Server reporting services are a relatively new feature of SQL Server 2000, so I was quite excited to pick up a copy of this book. While this is a good beginning book for learning SQL and the basics of SQL Server reporting services, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in both the presentation and depth of content this book provides. Again, this book provides some good explanation, however, the reader should be prepared for an introductory book, certainly not an advanced text.

The first section of the book provides a very good introduction to SQL and SQL Server. However, this is still very introductory information, and will only be useful for very beginning readers. In fact, the author doesn't begin discussing the books topic until page 161. Again, this introductory information is quite necessary to understand the rest of the text, I was just hoping for a more abbreviated version of the introductory material.

The rest of the book is actually much better and much more met my expectations. The author then proceeds to discuss how to generate reports. While much of the work involved in creating reports with SQL reporting services involves the use of a wizard, the author does a good job demonstrating how to expand reports beyond the default. The last section of the book goes through many of the more advanced options found in reporting services. There is a good discussion on exporting reports to different formats (including PDF, TIFF, and CSV). The final two chapters of the book are excellent, which discuss such advanced options as configuring subscriptions for reporting services and ASP.NET Code Access Security (CAS).

This is really a good book, it's just not as advanced as I was hoping for. While it's certainly a valuable resource for anyone working on SQL Server reporting services, it would have been preferable if the introductory content wasn't quite as extensive. In spite of this complaint, I would still recommend it.