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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have for SQL Server developers & DBA's

I have been working RDBMS for more than 10 years and with SQL Server for more than 5 years. I have not seen a book in SQL server which explains exactly how internals of SQL Server is implemented. There are lots of SQL books out there which are nothing but the repeat of SQL books online. This books stand out from the crowd. First 400 pages of the book talks about the windows OS, which crucial to understand SQL Server internals since the database engine lot of OS features. I like this author's straightforward style and the sample programs are excellent in demonstrating the concepts. I would strongly recommend this book for anybody interested in understanding SQL Server beyond its syntax. I wish I had an opportunity to study this kind of book few years back.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
ASP.NET for Classic ASP'ers Part 2

Combine this book with the free Microsoft product called Web Matrix (...) and you've got the total solution. Web Matrix allows you to view your code exactly as it appears in the book, plus many of the extended controls can be dragged and dropped... If you can't make the move from Classic ASP to ASP.NET with this combination, then you might want to pursue another vocation.
Web Matrix builds code for you, including SMTP Mail and basic CRUD (create, retrieve, update, delete) database functions, HTML elements and web controls. It even allows you to copy code snippets to a clipboard that doesn't go away, organize them, and paste them wherever you want. This is a great product that's a perfect fit for the book, and the two are a powerful solution for getting real work done right away.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Savvy with CDROM
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Steve Romaniello
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Different, but not necessarily better...

As a constant "student" I am always looking for new books to give me a great handle on a program. Photoshop 7 Savvy is not only a new book, but also one that has a somewhat different taste than most other Photoshop how-to books. The book was quite thorough in the new features of Photoshop 7, which was the main reason behind this pruchas, and I liked the different graphics and illustrations incorporated with the lesson tutorials, but as for the set up of each lesson, I didn't find it completely effective. I already had a fairly strong handle on the software, and was looking for a book to update me fully on Photoshop 7 since it has been a while since I have used Photoshop at all... There is a lot of cramming information regarding features, etc, before you actually get to a tutorial to solidify the knowledge. Then, the tutorials have a tendency to be "half-completed" leaving me feeling like the teacher did the hard part before I just finished it off. Admittedly, this might be effective for a lot of people but for me, I felt that I was a little ripped off - I learned how to select in one chapter, but in the next, it had all been done for me, and the focus was on something else. Effective for quicker learning, but not for thorough application - As for everything else, it is extremely complete when it comes to exploring features, new possibilities, etc, but I still don't feel as attached to it as I do my other favorite Photoshop books. It boils down to great content, fabulous and new tutorials, great exploration of each possibility in the software, but lack of thorough application for the user, and a lot of cramming before getting to a point where the new knowledge can be used.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for the Beginner

I am a college student who wanted a book to help me out with my database class. I ultimately decided on this one and I am extremely happy with it!
Everything is presented very clearly: short, sweet, to the point and with plenty of examples!
It is a great supplement for my class and even on its own!
If you're in school or college and need to learn SQL, do yourself a favor and BUY THIS BOOK!