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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical, deep, comprehensive


Those three words best describe this book. It is the best practical guide for mastering Microsoft Transact-SQL, bar none. I picked it up because Joe Celko recommended it on one of Microsoft's newsgroups, and he was right -- this really is the best T-SQL book out there. The Performance and Tuning chapter alone is worth the cost of the book. I've used four of the techniques the chapter demonstrates to improve the performance of my company's flagship application dramatically. Also the chapters on Undocumented T-SQL, Cursors, and Transactions are a must read for anyone wanting to really understand how to program SQL Server using Transact-SQL. If you want to become a T-SQL guru yourself, you won't want to miss this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ellen Siever, Aaron Weber
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the reference you need


This is a great reference book. In my opinion, THE Linux desktop reference.

It is well written, concise, clear and complete. If your budget is limited to one Linux reference, this is the one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book


I have been asked to create a web application for my company, and I reviewed a number of books on ASP.NET (as well as ADO.NET). This is by far the best I've seen.
The coverage of the various controls is excellent, the examples are small and useful and really explain the material, and you can download the examples from the author's web site.
In addition, this book provides an excellent introduction to ADO.NET for ASP.NET, better than some dedicated books I looked at.
The book goes beyond the superficial, and really covers the issues you run into when writing an application. This is not a rehash of the existing documentation, but a guided tour through what it takes to create a working web application with ASP.NET.
I personally like C#, but it was interesting to see the code both in C# and in VB.NET. I feel like I learned VB.NET along the way, as a bonus, and I realize now how similar these languages really are. You can skip over the language you don't care about (all the examples are in both C# and in VB.NET) but it is fun to see how similar they are.
In any case, I highly recommend this book both for programmers with little ASP experience, and for more advanced programmers as well.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Design of the UNIX Operating System (Prentice Hall Software Series)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Maurice J. Bach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have


What can I say that hasn't been said already? Still, I have to say that this is a great book on the UNIX operating system. It explains all the kernel algorithms in meticulous detail. It is required reading for any computer science students and especially students taking an operating systems class.