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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the test, thanks to the book.


The book is very comprehensive, and allowed me to breeze through the exam in 45 minutes. The questions in the exam is very similar. I definitely recommend this book for people who already have a working knowledge of SQL/ PLSQL. One problem I did have was the way in which the Sybex test questions are formatted: The little windows with the scrollbars make hugh chunks of code reallt hard to read. My suggestion is to use this as a study guide, but take the test at a prometric center, as they have a easier to use interface.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby, Felix Nelson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Actually lots of great tips


I'm a long time Photodshop user and I did find lots of very useful tips. Many were brand new but there were also lots of "reminders" - tips I probably used at one point, but forgot over time. Things like changing multiple type layers at once, straightening an image quickly with the measure tool, copying layer masks, the file browser tips and trouble-shooting tips were all very useful.I think there's practical tips in this book for every level of user.I look forward to more Killer tips books like this!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(tm)2: A Beginner's Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt, Herbert Schildt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
excellent on the Java nuts & bolts


This is an excellent nuts & bolts introduction to Java. On the basics Herbert Schildt goes to great pains to clearly introduce each concept, taking great care, regarding the order in which lessons are presented to not refer to the, as yet, unexplained. The "One minute drills" and chapter-ending "Mastery Checks" go a long way toward reinforcing the lessons. Excellent! The more advanced chapters on Inheritance and Multithreaded Programming could benefit from as much care and better examples.
The author seems compelled to abreviate variable names, preferably to a single letter. These unnecessary abreviations make it like reading a foreign language, where you have to translate every word. The lack of self-descriptive variable names made reading more of a headache than necessary, precluding an otherwise 5-star rating.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Recommend highly for developers concerned about speed


This book has been my best resource for fine tuning my transact SQL code and optimizing code for top pereformance. This is a must have for all developers working with large databases that are concerned about speed.