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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Schnoll
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on all the changes.

At first, I didn't think there could be a whole book on just the changes between 2000 and 2003. Boy was I wrong.

This is an excellent book for a seasoned Exchange 2000 administrator upgrading to 2003. It's ok for people trying to learn Exchange, but it assumes quite a bit of knowledge - I'd suggest getting on of the Microsoft Press Exchange 2000 books, learning that, and then getting this one.

Overall, excellent book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential reading...every page.

If SQL Server 2000 were as good as this book there would be no competition from other RDBMS. There are a number of other reviews which lay out the thoroughness of this book. It is thorough. It is also well written and extremely smart. The book deserves five stars and for doing extremely well that which it sets out to do. It sets out to be a guide through the basics to the intermediate aspects of SQL Server 2000. If you are an expert DBA/SQL Programmer you will find this book remedial. However, if you are good in certain aspects but not as grounded in others this book will fill in any gaps and cement your previous knowledge. Enjoy this book. It will make you want to read each section not just use it as a lookup reference. It is worth the full read.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Jeff Webb, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Don't by this book if you learn from practice exams.

There is an included sample exam, but the application won't tell you which questions were wrong or give an explaination. The book is reference-like, while the exam is scenario-based. I agree that this book does a really poor job to help prepare for the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Peter Koletzke, Paul Dorsey
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not enought technical information

The number of books for Oracle Developers is sadly very limited. Probably for this reason, Oracle allowed this nearly useless book to be published. As an OCP Developer, I was interested in an "advanced" book dealing with Forms. The Certification guide is far better. This book never really gets started, instead it meanders from subject to subject, providing nothing in the way of depth. Save your money on this one.