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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not worth it

You'd think an 880-page tome from Wrox on something as specialised as DTS would pretty much have you covered anytime you need a reliable DTS reference to get you through your Data Transformation tasks. I have found myself looking to this book for guidance on many occasions during development, only to be consistently disappointed. For a start, the Index is downright useless, since I was never able to find words I would expected to, such as delimiter, lineage, disconnected edit, parameterised query, identity insert, but it has an entry for DNS?? (which, btw refers to a 3-line explanation of URLs when using Internet Explorer!) The book is so large mainly because every other page is a GUI snapshot, most of which are unnecessary. I don't need a whole page dedicated to the "Syntax check was successful" message box.
I give it 3 stars because they do a good job of at least mentioning probably every concept that relates to DTS, but coverage is mostly shallow and out of focus. There does seem to be heavy emphasis on data warehousing, which I haven't used so far, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt regarding coverage there. Overall I still think I might find something good when I need a reference but so far I have mostly found SQL Books Online equally, or sometimes more useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Disapponting re-package

Covers a lot of topics but only at the most basic level. I was particularly interested in complex DML statements such as updating one section of a Table based on data contained in the latest entries. I got more information from the Transact-SQL help screens from Microsoft. I suppose this would be a useful introduction for someone who new absolutely nothing about the topic, but as a professional reference it was a waste of money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for JSP and Servlets

Great book Marty. I used this book to write JSP pages for my company's client server application, which uses Weblogic server. This book starts with the basic concept, like where to place files once you write your code (most of the authors omit this info) and other basic details of customizing your web server and covers all the advance topics you ever need. I used other books like professional Java server programming and wasted three days and with Marty's book I was able to finish everything within two days.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required Reading. Absolutely Fantastic!

Design Patterns is required reading for all object-oriented designers, developers, and architects who want to improve and streamline their design skills. This book will open your eyes and teach you how to utilize widely accepted and standardized design patterns to implement efficient solutions for frequently encountered design challenges. You'll immediately recognize multiple instances within your own projects in which design patterns would have improved efficiency and reuse within the architecture.
The authors take a very methodical approach to describe every aspect of each design pattern including applicability, structure, collaborations, and consequences to name just a few. The book is extremely well organized making it easy to refer to the catalog for a refresher on various patterns.
One of the best OO books I've read.