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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Server Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Recipes to Serve Administrators

This is an excellent book. I already have a good 5 years of scripting experience used to help administer (primarily) Windows servers in large enterprises. I use wmi and adsi to gather a lot of data for my dashboards. I found THIS book to be a VERY VALUABLE ADDITION to my resource collection! I highly recommend it for those with scripting experience and especially to those new or contemplating scripting to help manage their infrastructure. PS - I write in Perl. The author has just about every script in the book available in Perl too. PLUS you are bound to discover a things that you hadn't known about (like Event Log triggers)!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Almost Complete SQL Reference

The title of this book says it all: it's an extremely complete reference to the SQL language. It covers the SQL-89 and SQL2 standards and indicates the features found in SQL2 but not in SQL-89. It covers not only basic SQL data definition, queries, and updates, but also advanced topics such as transaction processing, security, embedded SQL, stored procedures, and object-oriented databases. It also explains how some of the more popular DBMSs vary from or extend standard SQL.
There are some places where the information on SQL is not quite complete. For example, the section on data types doesn't give the sizes of the integer types. As another reviewer mentioned, the section on built-in functions doesn't provide enough information to use some of the more rarely used functions. But these omissions are minor; overall, the completeness of information on SQL is quite impressive.
If you're totally new to relational databases, and you need to design a database schema, you'll want to also get a book on database modeling and normalization, because these topics are not covered. But if you know relational databases or merely need to write queries and updates on an existing database, this book will be more than adequate.
In addition, if you want to access a database from Java or Perl, you'll also want a book on JDBC or DBI, respectively. Perhaps a future edition of the book will cover these topics in the SQL APIs chapter, but they're probably too new to have made it into this edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How the Internet Works, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Preston Gralla
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic reference.

The ZD Press and Preston Gralla have given me a fantastic source of reference for not only Internet but LAN/WAN architecture and function. The graphics make even complex protocols easy to understand. I use this as a companion text for my college networking textbook.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, captures office politics to a tee.

This book is well worth reading for both low level employees and managers. Although directed at the software development community, the book presents many ideas which would be useful in a wide range of companies.
It's amazing how many of the situations described in this book are familiar, or are at least situations that I could easily imagine occurring in the office work environment.
Yes, the book was written quite a while ago, but I think it's still very relevant today. Highly recommended reading, and enjoyable too. The authors really have a sense of humor.