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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but incomplete for the certification


its a good book for start using oracle 9i sql features but if you are trying to get a OCP o OCA certification you must think again and choose the oracle press version of this book



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction and reference text


What is refactoring, why is it a good idea, and what are good mechanisms for doing so? I highly recommend this text for those involved in software development, especially later in the software life cycle when maintenance is a crucial issue. Honestly, even if you just read the first three chapters you get the gist of the book (the majority of the book is specific types of refactoring) and enough knowledge to decide on whether refactoring is a useful thing for your code base (it almost always is).
An excellent look at a crucial part of "Extreme Programming" and a useful part of development of all sorts.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Secure Microsoft ASP.NET Applications
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Prescriptive Guidance


The Patterns and Practices Series represents the bridge between known best practices and applications. Busy application developers are frequently tasked with building complex and secure system, and at the same time, are required to operate with limited resources and time. This series, and ASP.NET Security specifically, give good prescriptive guidance for a large number of common application scenarios. The how-to sections are exceeding valuable. Check out other books in this series and you will find lots of good guidance to jump start development on the MS platform.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I AM AN ATHEIST


Before I start: this isn't a book, it's a commitment. I liked Bach's music, Escher, math and what I'd seen of computer science before I started reading, and even then it was a long, long read. Not out of boredom, but because my brain is finite and mortal and couldn't absorb more than a chapter in one sitting (if it even succeeded in that).
More than being a commitment, GEB is a work of art. Not just the music and numerous Eschers, but the writing. The dialogues between Achilles and the Tortoise were a riot even as I reread every line, struggling to keep up with the pace Hofstadter demands. And be warned, it's no slow pace, either. But it's worth every page, whether or not you agree to the conclusions he leads you to.
My only caveat is: find some nice quiet summer when you'll be able to give GEB the attention it deserves and requires, or you'll find yourself putting it away for half a year until you do have time, as I did!