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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Who this book is intended for


Comments and reviews aren't normally my thing, because they normally are a waste of time. Why? Anybody that wants to try a product will regardless of what we reviewers all write. It's a kind of trial and error. All we reviewers do, is give our subjective comments on a product we liked or did not like.
Hmmmmm, before I wrote this review I read the other 27 reviews and then had a thought or two about the book again.
Each previous review is, in their own kind of way, correct. Some people need T-SQL information other people need basic Stored Procedures information. I'd probably put this book in the range Beginners to Intermediate (great book for learing) and Intermediate to Higher-Intermediate (reference). This book is not intended for the Expert out there looking for a good reference book. It has too many basics to achieve that.
I loved reading the book, because you have to grin (or even laugh) every now and then. This is because the author knows what he is talking about and if you are into DBA yourself, then you will have come across the odd similarity when trying to convince some Software Engineer to not do this, that or the other.
If you don't like the book, then you're sure to find some guy in your department who will profit from reading a page or two.
I'm an average (Intermediate) SQL DBA myself and do not regret buying the book. In two years time I might find the book awful, but then again, who knows what he or she will be doing in two years time?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Barry Gerber
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not That Bad


Unlike others, I didn't care too much about the mistakes. No source is perfect and experienced techs will be able adapt and still be able to utilize the information. From my own experience, resolutions to problems have been found from various places so there will never be a single source for troublshooting. What I found lacking are screenshots. More would have been more helpful and easier to understand than reading the explanations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Another lucid winner from Simon Singh


From the writer of "Fermat's Enigma" comes another lucid, mathematics-based history, this time of codes and cyphers.
Again, like his previous book, I was (despite scraping by/flunking all my college math courses) was able to easily follow his history of codemakers, codebreakers, and their endless intellectual battles for supremacy, complete with examples of how do make and break codes and cyphers.
Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: David D. Busch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very pleased with this book.


I was very pleased with with book. I'm a beginner photographer and found the information complete and detailed, and exactly what I needed. I really enjoyed the approach the author took of providing introductions to the most important topics in Book I, and then expanding on each of them in later books. That allowed me to quickly get up to speed on image editing, digital cameras, and other subjects. Once I was comfortable with the introductory material, I was able to move on to the more detailed explanations later on.
Book III, which explains finer points of taking photos in several different categories was a revelation all by itself. I'm glad I bought this book.