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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Queries for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Data Manipulation in SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez, John L. Viescas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An outstanding introductory book on SQL

The book is very easy to read. It comes with a CD containing five great databases with examples to work. Solutions are supplied in the database, too. This is a great feature for checking if one's answers are correct or helping out on more difficult problems one may not be able to readily solve.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I highly recommed this book for Oracle beginners.

This is an excellent book. I bought it mainly because of the nice reviews here at Amazon. They were right! This is a MOST book for anyone starting with Oracle. I had some experience with SQL on other databases but I wanted to learn Oracle's version. I just got a nice job where I'm going to be working with Oracle Forms and Reports so I needed a nice intro book. This is the book! Nice rythm and very easy to understand.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCP: Oracle9i Certification Kit
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas, Doug Stuns, Matthew Weishan, Joseph C. Johnson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not good as a boxed set - checkout 007219524X instead

While the first two volumes covered the testing material fairly well, the last two volumes (Fundamentals II & Performance Tuning) compare very poorly to their counterparts published by Oracle Press. I have bought other Sybex study guides, and they have been nothing but good to me. This "kit" comes up a little short. If you must absolutely buy a boxed set for the cost savings, I would recommend Oracle Press's set ISBN 007219524X also available at Amazon.
In the book for Fundamentals II, the coverage of networking, Shared Server and imp/exp is VERY sparse. While the sections on Backups is better, the Oracle Press books were a little more on target in presenting concepts for the exam.
The Oracle Press book for Performance Tuning was a much better choice not only for the exam, but also works as a great reference at my desk. Again, the material and its presentation was more complete and representative of the concepts tested on the exam.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Information on DNS and GC/DC Placement!

I glanced at a friend's copy of this book and since I'm on the Microsoft Windows Server Development team, I was very interested in the content and handling of the materials on DNS as well as global catalog and domain controller placement recommendations. I found the information to be accurate and the recommendations for a real world implementation to be very helpful!
I ended up buying a copy of the book as my friend took back his copy. Only complaint I have is that the book is over 1-1/2 inches thick. Not the easiest thing to carry around, but it does cover a LOT of information in depth! Very well written!