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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
O'Reilly, beware!

The degree of loving detail that Mr. Hill has lavished upon the spastically designed NT command shell cannot be underestimated. This book takes Redmond's hobbled monstrosity and makes it dance, even showing you how you can hack it to act if it were a real language (functions with local variables and return values, etc.)! Indispensable not only for sysadmins, but for anyone who needs to write a script for Win32 and can't count on Perl being installed on the machine. A real treasure.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great overview

Simon Singh's Code Book is a wonderful book. The most obvious joy is how he is able to take a very complicated subject (for me, at any rate) and make it readable, interesting and fun. I was able to understand the workings of codes much better than expected beacuase of his clear explanations and was a only lost when it came to quantum cryptography. Even here, though, Mr. Singh was very able in holding my interest through the way he weaved in the personal stories of the cryptographers. In fact, this book is as much about the cryptographers as it is about crpytography and that, in the end, is the book's marvelous charm. Anyone who can make this subject so entertaining to a non-logical, math-hating reader such as myself has wrought a miracle. A very impressive, highly recommended book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building the Data Warehouse (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: W. H. Inmon, W. H. Inmon
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Useless and time wasting

Never in my life did I spend so much time in reading such a useless book. The whole thing message could have been written on a pin head. J suggest the authors to have a look at the Kimball books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent book, for dummies ;)

As the title says, this book is for people with very little knowledge of HTML - but knowledge of how to use a computer at an intermediate level. It covers most basic HTML tags, up to and including tables and a limited amount of framesets, as well as providing a large reference section aimed at the beginning HTML coder, becoming a decent reference manual even after the Tutorial section is finished.
It's not the be-all and end-all of coding references, but it's perfect for someone that is comfortable with a computer, and wants to being creating simple web pages. This can take an individual with little knowledge and give them enough information to where they can understand the more complex online references and puzzle out the rest, or to a level where they can successfully invest their time in learning more about CSS, JavaScript, and DHTML to move to more complex sites.