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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
Not for newbies, but will make you an expert

If you are looking for a Transact-SQL for Dummies book, keep looking.
This book is not for rank beginners. It is instead for those who already know a bit about SQL Server and Transact-SQL and want to become experts. This book will make you an expert. I've never seen such a deep, all-encompassing collection of expert-level code and commentary in one book. Every example is packed full of useful tidbits and expert techniques. Best parts:
1. The Undocumented Transact-SQL chapter -- lots of inside tips and tricks and hidden features here
2. The Data Types chapter -- everything from a new Soundex routine to insights on how to deal with dates in Transact-SQL is here.
3. The NULLs chapter -- these trip a lot of people up.
4. The Sets chapter -- sets in Transact-SQL have never been easier or more powerful.
If you study this book and learn its many wonderful lessons, you will become a Guru yourself.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Systems Organization and Architecture
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: John D. Carpinelli
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A failure for purely academic reasons

The first chapter is the most important in the book. And yet it is riddled with poor grammar, truth table errors, no answers to questions in the back of book etc. I don't understand how someone who understands the subject can convey so little meaningful information. Actually I do understand, and this book's academic blasphemy should be burnt black as ruined toast. Money down the drain, as Ricky Ricardo "splained" things to Lucy at a much higher level. This book leaves me bitter if you hadn't noticed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: More Exceptional C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Herb Sutter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Effective C++'s Big Brother

Addison Wesley's "C++ In-Depth Series" is showing an amazing consistency in producing one winner after the other. Any C++ programmer could almost blindly pick up any book in the series and learn some new valuable insights.
I like "More Exceptional C++" even more than the original. It's not clear to me whether this is because the book is better or because the subject matter has become more important to me. The "Exceptional C++" series is shaping up to be a big brother to the "Effective C++" series, covering areas somewhat more advanced than those in the Effective series, such as exceptions, templates, and namespaces.
One aspect of the book I don't particularly care for is the quizzes/points format that, I suspect, is due to the origins of the book in the author's "Guru of the Week" series.
This is a great book and should belong in every advanced C++ programmer's personal library.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Curtis Frye
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Too many mistakes

I bought this to teach a class and there are so many mistakes that the students cannot do it on their own. We first need to do it together. Only after they know the problems, can they begin practicing on their own. BEWARE.
For example they ask you to replace X with Y but in fact it should be Y with X. Graphs are not where they should be. It is confusing for students.