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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig S. Mullins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive, thorough and unique

This book has three things going for it:(1) It describes the DBA function as it exists in the real world. More importantly, it breaks the categories of "DBA" out into specialities, such as system DBA, data architect, analysts and modelers, developers and data warehouse DBAs - each speciality is vastly different in practice - and provides skill profiles and roles and responsibilities for each.
(2) Proposes an organizational structure in which all DBAs, regardless of database (DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, etc.) and skill. As a consultant who specializes in IT organizational management and processes I heartily endorse this structure. It's also consistent with recommendations made in "IT Organization: Building A Worldclass Infrastructure " by Harris Kern, Stuart Galup and Guy Nemiro, and "Building Operational Excellence: Strategies to Improve It People and Processes" by Dale Kutnick and Bruce Allen.
(3) A complete and comprehensive listing of tasks and responsibilities for DBAs, ranging from creating the database environment to data warehouse administration, and everything in between (data modelling, performance and capacity management, tuning, back-up and recovery, etc.)
While achieving the recommendations for organizational structure is a daunting and complex task, assimilating the extensive list of tasks and recommendations can be accomplished quickly. One way to attain immediate value from this book at the organizational level is to derive database administration policies and processes from this book, and refer to this book for the procedures.
The ideal audience for this book includes IT managers who need to understand the complexity and scope of the DBA function under their cognizance, senior DBAs who want to implement consistent procedures, and HR specialists who develop job descriptions and recruit DBAs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: J2EE Web Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Missing pieces of J2EE Web Services

I have half way through the book and found the book to be comprehensive.
However, author completely ignored JAXM, ebXML.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML and the Unified Process: Practical Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Arlow, Ila Neustadt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on UML and UP

This book meets a need that many other books have not really fulfilled. There has been a need for a comprehensive guide that bridges the theoretical world of modelling and the practical aspects of delivering a solution.
Whilst explaining how the process of analysis and design for object-oriented projects can be carried out in the Unified Process lifecycle, the authors focus on real world deliverables. The book introduces the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and the Unified Process (UP) and typically follow the phases from requirements to deployment explaining all the models and activities necessary in each key step.
The authors and publishers have produced a book that is highly readable and extremely well organised. Arlow and Neustadt tell us that there are four ways to access the information in the book:
Fast TrackReferenceRevisionDipping
Certainly, each of these four ways lives up to the promise. Each chapter has a 'What we have learned' summary at the end. Here you get a distilled reminder of the contents of the chapter, excellent for looking at weeks later.
There are plenty of diagrams and examples and each chapter is broken into smaller digestable chunks. The main sections of the book are :
Introducing UML and UPRequirementsAnalysisDesignImplementation
The sections actually cover the lifecycle you would follow of your software project and every chapter has a graphical roadmap at the start, depicted as an activity diagram. The Analysis and Design sections are the largest, as you would expect and are full of practical techniques that you can use.
Having personally wrestled with the RUP and tried to take the essential points, we would recommend this book for anyone beginning to get to grips with this subject. This may be the only book you need to understand UML and UP from a practical point of view. The book covers all the essential details in a concise way without being shallow. Jim Arlow and Ila Neustadt should be commended for authoring one of the most readable and usable texts on this complex subject. Buy this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Don't buy this book without knowing your stuff first

I passed both exams but it was definately NOT because of this book. I went into the test confident because I knew the material in the book and did great on the practice exams at ... , but left my testing session certified but humbled. Both examcram's practice tests and this book did NOT cover what was on the test. Not even close. Had I not known what I was doing before I started studying, I would have failed miserably. Perhaps this book was good before the updates in 2001-2002, but now spend your money elsewhere. I do not know a good book, but I purchased my Network+ book from a different publisher, it was the Network+ Certification Study Guide. I will rate it upon completion also.