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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have for anyone with Perl programming to do.

It's like I have found Perl enlightenment and the answer key to an exam I'm unprepared to take all in the same source.
This book scales to almost any user level, and is quite instructive. It is also a great reference guide to answer those "How do I...?" questions.
Buy it now, you'll be glad you did. :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent guide for your first warehouse implementation

My experience has been in project management and data modeling. This book was an excellent source of information for project management issues, lifecycle concerns and warehousing particulars.
With a background in logical data modeling (with its normalization and entity-focused approach), I was able to utilize this book very effectively in the implementation of my first "true" data warehouse (as opposed to the "faux" warehouses that the customer labeled as such simply because of the large number of entities in the RDBMS). The conceptual difference between logical modeling and data warehousing was well explained, with numerous pertinent examples. The full SDLC for the warehouse is covered equally as well.
A note on my "4-star" rating: I'm reserving 5 stars for the book I write! This book is a good value.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl S. Chatfield, Timothy D. Johnson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
When they say step by step they mean it!

This is a pretty good book.Covers most of what you need.Would have liked to see the central server covered better.They really do go through things step by step.Covers the basics VERY thoroughly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Think twice!

I am a long time fan of the Dummies books and had high hopes for this one. I used this book as well as the Mulcahy and Ward books to study for the exam. If I had to sum up this book in two words they would be "well intentioned". The authors obviously mean well and seem to truly care about helping people pass the exam but the book is riddled with mistakes, typos and basic math errors. It's good information but doesn't really get the core concepts across in a clear way. It's also very confusing to try to use this book and the PMBOK simultaneously because they are structured very differently. Part of my buying decision was the fact that this book contained a practice exam CD. If this is your motivation, DON'T BOTHER! The CD is so full of errors as to be almost worthless. It asks questions based on charts and diagrams but fails to present the user with the diagrams in question. Scores are also inaccurate. While I appreciate the authors' efforts, I'd strongly suggest they re-read Chapter 8 in the PMBOK, the chapter on QUALITY. Either that or fire their editor. You'll have more luck with the Mulcahy book.