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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Practical Excel resource!

Excellent book by a guy who literally lives and breathes with Excel VBA. The result is a book with lots of useful tips. It's not a generic rehash written by a Hired Gun (93% of the computer books), who learn the subject matter as they compose a book. Also touches on embedded OLE object programming and editing the code in the workbook programmatically. Hopefully will augment this parts in future editions. No matter what else you have on Excel VBA, definetly add this one to your arsenal.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cuts to the chase, and points out the "Gotcha's".

This book doesnt beat around the bush, but cuts right to the tricks that are likely to show up on the exam.
EASY/HUMOROUS This guide is very easy read, especially compared to other cert prep books! Many books of this kind, tend to put me to sleep. With this book however, I found my self laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Its really humorous, and not your typical "Geek Humor". It catches you off guard and is a very fun way to understanding the more serious and boring topics.
I passed but could have done much better had I given more time to the practice exam on the CD. I spent more time on each chapter and sample questions, and only took the practice exam once and didn't spend very much time reviewing the questions after. My suggestion would be not to stress out on each chapter along the way (the sample questions are meant to be hard for a reason). Also take advantage of the CD by reviewing every question, and taking it more than once.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Java Databases: JDBC, SQL, J2EE, EJB, JSP, XML
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Kevin Mukhar, Todd Lauinger, John Carnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This is a GREAT book!

This book is great!
I read this book from cover to cover and I still use it ALL the time as a great reference for DataSources, Transaction APIs, etc. The appendixes are more helpful than I could have imagined, they summarize so much stuff that I read in the book, but don't use very often, and have a hard time remembering sometimes. If you are looking for a good book to guide you through ALL the steps of database access with Java, then I highly suggest at the very least sitting down with this book for a while to get the feel of it, and see if it's for you. The book moves at a great pace, spending most of the time covering the basic, everyday, important stuff, but also spending enough time to show how to use some really neat more advanced features. Overall... another great book from WROX!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very inspirational

As a young entrepreneur it helped me to believe that one can achieve their goals by having a plan and a burning desire to succeed.