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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Performance Optimization and Tuning Handbook
Publisher: Digital Press
Authors: Ken England
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are a DBA, this is the book


I have been amazed about how much information is in this book. The writing is clear and concise. The long section that details query tuning was an education in itself.
I finished the book with a clear understanding of the types of queries and how SQL Server uses them.
This book is sitting on my desk now. If you want the information on how to optimize your queries, or the database, this is my recommendation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The world would be a better place....


...if EVERYONE read this book. And if YOU are reading this review (which you are), just click 'add to cart.' You won't regret it.
Robin Williams is a design goddess. I think the Pope is actually planning on cannonizing her. Read the negative reviews of this book (what are there? 5 of them?)-you'll see that they're written by idiots. They say it's too simple-well, they're right.... Robin Williams makes it SOOOOOO simple.
After reading this book, you will be able to design an attractive page/website/brochure/resume/advertisement/poster/billboard that communicates clearly. What more could you want?
I keep coming back to this book over and over again. I've read it over a dozen times, and have referenced it hundreds of times. I have lent it to friends, recommended it to friends, AND forced friends to buy it!!!! I don't think I could ever say enough good things about this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Slow Reading! You will need to supplement this book


The biggest gripe I have with this book has to do with the organization of content inside the chapters. The Inputs, tools and techniques and outputs are rather hard to find - and you really must patiently read everything the author wants to say to get what you want. This might be good or even beneficial for a first read - but if you are short on time or want to tear ahead you will begin to experience some frustration. The lack of clear organization is a fairly major limitation for a book that is aimed at exam preparation!
The book is useless as a review/recap tool. You cannot go fast! In my assessment the PMBOK and the PMP for Dummies books are superior. This book would have been far better with if it had more process area and knowledge area diagrams and summaries, or even quick summaries after sections like many of the other books do.
The book does have its positive points. The very well thought out and insightful case studies however provide relief when working through the rather dull presentation. The questions at the end of each chapter are generally of very high quality and will test your understanding in a deep way. Mistakes are very few. The case studies are probably the best I have seen in any PMP preparation book.
I had to team this book with the PMBOK for content/concepts, and Rita Mulcahy's PMP exam CD for test taking to pass the PMP.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Concurrent Programming in Java(TM): Design Principles and Pattern (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Lea
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
do not expect to get suspense


Although Doug Lea works for Sun and built essential parts of the Java platform, this does not make him a good author. I had to get up to date with Java threading and bought this book. Mistake. From the computer science standpoint it is excellent, but as a typical project constrained programmer I found it absolutely boring. The author steps through the different chapters and subchapters as if he was trying to fill a "this is all I know about threads" list with life. No suspense, no "I could use that", no explaination of common pitfalls... I fell asleep a couple of times reading this book. Next to "deadlocking" Java threads can pose lots of other problems that this book does not cover. For instance threads and Swing or building an event dispatcher that works. A book that covers all that and that I hereby recommend is "Taming Java Threads" from Allen Holub. Two stars, ...it is solid but not useful...