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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Dimensional Data Warehouses
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ralph Kimball
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well-balanced informative reading


For those that wants a book on that data warehousing that deals very well with the fundamental issues, this book is an excellent buy. It is primarily concerned with multi-dimensional modeling, which forms the core of data warehousing design. This aspect it does in an extremely readable fashion. The author made an effort to ensure that the "case studies", which comes from an very wide variety of industries build onto one another. Each chapter introduces just enough new concepts so that you can keep up without straining yourself too much. The chapters that deal with the implementation issues are less detailed and maybe not as easy an read as the design chapters. Nevertheless, it provides a very nice broad overview of the implementation and maintenance issues. Read together with the design chapters, the information is sufficient to give you a jump start into the field of data warehousing. This book is widely referenced in the more academic literature on data warehousing, attesting to its acceptance from an academic viewpoint - a fact that should not be taken lightly in view of the highly practical, example-driven approach the book takes. All in all, some of the best value for money that I've ever found in a book. For those that are interested more in the implementation and maintenance issues, The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit, may be additional reading (although its not quite in the same class).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A Discipline for Software Engineering
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Watts S. Humphrey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A good introduction to programming for work


In addition to describing the Personal Software Process, this book introduces practical topics that are important to a working programmer. Of particular importance are metrics, inspections, estimation, and scheduling. It takes effort to implement those practices well, but they do address important concerns. If you program for a living, I recommend this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, and RMON 1 and 2 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners


Before buying this book my major objective was to 1. Learn about SNMP basics, 2. Learn about MIB and some advanced concepts of SNMP like interaction of the SNMP manager with the agent. 3. Learn programming techniques of SNMP. 4. See how MIB,agent,device,NMS all interact together.
I feel that this book has not satisfied the above 4 points. In fact this book is not for beginners. If you are new to Network management and want to learn about SNMP the defacto standard of network management, then this book is not advisable. This books talks pretty much at a higher level about concepts rather than talking about the SNMP basics and then guiding u thro higher concepts.
If u r looking for good SNMP material, the net is the good reference. Goto (...) and search for MIB,SNMP etc and then u r certain to hit very good pages.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome Just Awesome !!!!!!


I am not really a big WinForms developer (ASP.NET is where I spend most of my time these days) but when I now and again find myself developing Winforms applications, this book will be by my side. Lots of cool graphics related stuff that I likely will not use (but lots of other folks will) and lots of the things that I certainly will need. The chapters covering Threading and deployment jump out as chapters that I will have dog-eared in no time. This is one of those books that any developer of WinForms apps should have.