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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Jay Rose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book really sounds rigth

Sound production is a really tricky bussines, in my country almost no national production ever sounds fine, I belive that if our national sound "experts" buy a copy of this book, the sound quality will improve substantialy.This book is a very nice aproach to this tricky world of sound planing, recording and editing.Maybe the final part, when he covers filters and stuff like that shoud be a little more detailed. Still, I Belive it is a very good book, I'll actualy propose this book to my school's teachers so they get the students to produce better soundtracks.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Packed with info you can't find elsewhere

This book is a must-have for DBAs or developers who want an inside view of SQL Server's architecture. It contains very little content duplicated from Books Online and delves much deeper than the majority of SQL Server books available.
Delaney shows everything from how data is actually stored on disc to the internals of the query optimizer. I find her writing style to be smooth and easy to digest, and I had no problem reading this book cover-to-cover.
Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Development with Ant
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Steve Loughran
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Far-ranging book covers a bit of everything

The developers of Ant exude an energy similar to avid Perl users, a belief in one tool that can do anything and everything. Ant is an integration tool that supports building and testing Java code, and deploying web applications, all through the use of XML-driven scripts.
On the way to discussing those topics, the authors cover quite a lot more territory. A few other web-development tools that work well with Ant are described, as are some best practices towards good code design and good maintenance and testing techniques.
And life-giving Ant is in the middle of all of it! Actually I suppose that's a good thing, but I'd rather be led there and given something to understand, not just given a set of XML tags to plug in and prosper with.
It seems a bit wild to focus on such a subtle point in such a well-received book, but more and more my job is getting to reduced to mastering the grammar of yet another DTD, and it sucks the fun out of what I'm doing. What I like about the short books on make is that there are things left to the reader to work out for himself, and that leads to a better understanding of the tool. Here we have a guide that seems to leave nothing to the imagination; perfect for drones.
I'd prefer it if the authors spent a little more time elaborating on the standard Ant documentation; it could use some highlighting here and there. It's informative on the dry side, but judging by other comments that's what everyone wanted from this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sed & awk (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
You'll not regret this one!

My primarily profession is database administration on Windows NT/2000 platform so I'm pretty new to Unix tools. Several months ago I needed some inexpensive, yet powerful tools to manipulate some large text files for our data warehouse project -- basically I was looking for a way to avoid expensive commercial ETL tools. PERL was my first choice, but it seemed to me that learning curve is too steep for what I needed, so I ended with GNU sed and awk.I was happy with the GNU version of Guide for Awk "Effective AWK Programming" written by one of the author of this book, Mr. Arnold D. Robbins -- but I needed some good reference for sed as well and this book was logical choice for me. Not only that it helped me to learn SED, now I'm using the book mostly as reference and user guide for awk. It's well written and will certainly satisfy both the advanced and the novice users. The only objections that I have are examples at the end of the book. Not many readers will find them interesting and useful, especially chapter 12 Full-Featured Applications. Overall good choice if you want to learn either of the two tools!