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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XDoclet in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Craig Walls, Norman Richards
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Answer to all our prayers

It is a really good book for those who want to learn and work with Xdoclet. I am work for a sofware compay and part of my job is to learn new softwares and put them in to implimentation. Before I got this book, I have read all possible online documentation there is but, none came close to Xdoclet in action.
The book is well laid out and the examples are self explanatory.
It describes all posible scenarioes that a person can think of and is explained excellent.
I strongly reccomend this book all developers

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Evangelos Petroutsos, Asli Bilgin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Filled with Hidden Gems!!!

There are notes throughout the book pointing out more advanced details and really interesting editorials, such as "is OLEDB dead?" Plus, there was a surprising section on SQL administration, which I often find overlooked in most database books. It provides you with tips on how to improve theperformance of your SQL Server. It's substantively indepth in itscoverage

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Graham
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
medium sized ideas

first off let me say that this collection of essays is certainly an entertaining and quite amusing read. i often found myself (as a hacker and LISP programmer) chuckling and nodding in recognition , but... the author is very presumptuous and a bit full of himself. these are not big ideas and they are certainly not 'philosophical' as another reviewer commented. philosophy like computer science is difficult, which these essays certainly aren't. they are in many places opinionated and quite narrow minded. i found his opinions often conservative or at least naive when it came to both painting and politics. if you want a light read pick it up, if you're looking for big ideas go for SICP or Nietzsche or something. p.s. you can read many of his essays on line at his website.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
extended relational

It's a good thing these folks are book writers and academics and do not design databases for a living. The writers pretend that such realities as deadlines and budget do not exist. The text is filled with Entity Relationship diagrams that must add 200% to the cost of their designs. The book is very difficult to read and if you're already designing databases, this methodology will drive you up the wall. Teachers, Please do not inflict this book on any more students.