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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements, Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Zacler. Craig, J.C. MacKin, Ian McLean, Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A good start, but earning MCSE will take a lot more study.

I read every page of these books, the readiness review sections and all 430 practice questions. I felt very confident going in to the first test that I had a mastery of the concepts taught in the books. Problem is...the exam covers many topics which are not covered by these books. I cannot recall the exam verbatim but do remember the test included questions on subnetting, compostion of .vbs scripts, and webdav, NONE of which are covered in these books.

What the books do teach they teach in an easily comprehendable way. They do a good job of reinforcing the concepts they teach through the included readiness review section and practice questions on CD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference Text

The title is not kidding--this is definitely a hard-core Reference text, and is by no means a tutorial or 'learn XSLT in 24 hours' type of book. I am familiar with XSL, but am not a pro and do not use XSL frequently, so this book has been somewhat difficult for me to use, as the text and examples are often cryptic to me. I would have liked to see more than one limited example for each item, but given the tremendous amount of ground that Kay covers, I understand that would be difficult and make the book even bigger than its already massive 777 pages. Overall, a very authoritative and deep technical reference that would serve as a great tool for someone with a strong XSL background.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Systems Analysis and Design (6th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kenneth E. Kendall, Julie E. Kendall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for an Aspiring Systems Analyst

This book starts with the fundamental aspects of a system, its life cycles and then goes into data gathering and system design. I think it is an excellent book to start with for persons in MIS/ computer related fields.the book alos comes with a software in which various CASE tools are featured.The hypercase experience is most interesting where actually u interview people taking the role of a systems analyst.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Allen G. Taylor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This was an excellent SQL primer

I spent a lot of time looking for a book that actually covered ANSI 92 SQL, and even though I vowed a long time ago to never buy a 'Dummies' book, this one was an exception and worth every penny spent! My database du-jour (Oracle RDB) is not a particularly well known or used database and with the help of Mr. Taylor I was able to create some very complicated embedded SQL statements, allowing my client to make some pretty important multi-million dollar decisions. Thanks Mr. Taylor for a well written book.