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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books I've bought!

Yes, that's right, this is one of my favourite books!
I have to thank Mr. Ullman for this wonderful book. I didn't finish it yet, but I could find everything I needed in my projects so far.
Everything is described so it can be easily understood by everybody. It teaches both PHP and MySQL separately, then together! Too many useful things to list here...
Maybe I will write another review after I finish it (if I have time :), but I am pretty sure I will like it even more!
I have read many computer books, yet this is one of the best: everything very concise to get you started right away! My unbiased advice is to buy it, you'll like it!
After all if you don't like it, you can always return it...Hope this review will help.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET (Microsoft Professional)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: James W. Newkirk, Alexei A. Vorontsov
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I bought this book hoping it would clarify some of the issues I have with TDD, but not so. Granted the book does a decent job explaining what TDD is, but the level of coverage and detailed explanations aren't good.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QuickBooks 2004 The Official Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Ivens, Kathy Ivens
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good overall resource but has some drawbacks

I decided that January 1, 2005 was a good time to start using Quickbooks Pro for my small business. I'd been using MYOB FirstEdge, but found it was rather limited in some areas. Whenever I think about starting to use new software, I browse around on Amazon for a good book on the package in question. This book stood out as probably a good resource and I was not far wrong. However, I have a couple of complaints. Firstly, the author's instructions on how to enter beginning balances is vague at best. Secondly, her discussion of complex issues such as how to set up Quickbooks for sales tax recording and reporting, is somewhat lacking. The book that came with the software actually does a better job at explaining Quickbooks' rather quirky method of sales tax accounting.

By all means buy this book. It has some really helpful material and is worth the purchase price. But don't pre-suppose that this book is ALL you will need in order to start using Quickbooks efficiently.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Raina Hawley
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Introductory, not a Hacks book

This book is a good introduction, but it's not a Hacks book. The Hacks series, which I really like, is all about unique and novel approaches to tricky problems. This book is a nice introduction to Excel, but it doesn't provide particularly unique content. I'm sorry to see that since I haven't yet seen a Hacks book I didn't like. Oh well, there is a first time for everything.

If you are interested in Excel introductory material you will probably like this book. If you are an experience Excel user looking for a Hacks style book with unique and cool solutions to tough problems, you won't find them here. I gave the book three stars because, even though it's not a Hacks book per se, it's still a tight and well written book on Excel that is still far superior to some of the 1000 page screenshot collection doorstops on the market.