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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office Access 2003 Professional Results
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Noel Jerke
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Access Book


I found the techniques and examples demonstrated in this book very useful. For example, ADPs are very cool and I didn't realize how much I could use Access to work with SQL Server.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy XI Official Strategy Guide for PS2 & PC
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: Michael Lummis, Elizabeth M. Hollinger, Edwin Kern, Kathleen Pleet
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good buy


These guides are very thorough but there's nothing in them that you can't find on-line and with all the patches for this game, they become quickly outdated. Save your money and don't buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maya 6: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Tom Meade, Shinsaku Arima
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not a referenence book by a long shot


The authors, who know their stuff, tried but failed to write a worthwhile book on the complex set of software technologies in Maya. The major complaints are:

a. important technique and methodology was buried inside long tedius tutorials and should have been presented before the tutorials. The roadmap for the reader was missing, and you had to work the tutorials to find what was important.

b. the tutorials were long, tedious, and riddled with errors. The tutorials will frustrate most into never completeing the book. Patch modeling a space ship in chap 4, building a complex shading network in chapter 16 are just two examples of tutorials that defeat all but the most determined.

c. the CD content poorly matches the tutorials in the book.

IMHO, some tutorials were overly long and complex but still approachable if the tutorials had been reviewed for readability and accuracy. They were not. And that's too bad, because the authors had much to offer us.

Bottom line, save your money unless you are a glutton for punishment.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LDAP System Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gerald Carter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
very helpful


Inside this book, you can fetch a lot of useful tricks and clear references. Perhaps is not a complete guide for LDAP administration, but covers the basics about LDIF, OID, tree structure -organization and replication-, indexes and so. I found very useful the explanation about LDAP use in system integration: accounting issues for services(nss, pam), mail routing, and AD issues.Provides useful scripts and explain a lot of "traps" about security integration and configuration: TLS, SASL, etc. I strongly recommend it for newies in LDAP admin.