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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
Passed the MS Cert exam (229) with this book

I just read this book cover-to-cover over the last month to prepare for MS Cert exam 229 on SQL Server 2000. I passed fairly easily too. It's a great introduction to all features of SS2K, which was great for me as I hadn't done more than querying and database/table designs. It reads more like a novel than a dense reference book, but I think that keeps it interesting for those of us with short attention spans. If you're also getting it for the exam, just make sure to take notes on all the "little things" and study enough to really learn the material.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCSA NG: Check Point Certified Security Administrator Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Justin Menga
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
No cover for Feature Pack4

The book is good but is only for the 156-210 exam which you can not do anymore. The new CCSA exam is 156-210.4 which you will probably fail if you use this book. I just lost 100 because of this. The Checkpoint web site is not very good at explaining the difference in the new exam and Sybex do not know about 156-210.4 yet.
Where can I get a study quide for 156-210.4 ?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 101 Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Applications
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Patrick Barnes, Sean Campbell, Bob Carver, Kris Horrocks, Jim Pragit, Oz Rugless, Scott Swigart, Sean Campbell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
lots of info, bad organization

this book has a lot of info, but is not organzied very well.e.g chapter 11 "key visual studio .net benefits" would require you to build the following chapters 3,4,5,7,8,54,55,57,73,76,79.it gives a general idea, but not fully working examples where the reader can type and run,

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Christopher Schmitt
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Just not all that great.

For your money, there's lots better books. Anything by Eric Meyer (in particular the Eric Meyer on CSS books from New Riders) is going to be more helpful. I can't believe O'Reilly would put out such a thin volume and call it a Cookbook! It felt like kind of a waste of my money. I would have liked to see twice as many examples, things like images are barely even covered at all.