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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I thought the book was easily understandable and thorough...

I took a class during my college career that used this book for the main text. It really was a handy item for me to have, and when I finish school, I plan to read it again and make another compiler for _fun_. Anyway, I thought the book was very helpful, and would recommend it to any newcomer to compilers like I was.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Small Business Kit for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Richard D. Harroch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extremely Helpful for Everyday Chores

Initially I was confused over how this book would be different from "Small Business for Dummies." Now I think I know. This book focuses on the everyday chores of starting, funding and running a small business, and gives you lots of legal forms which you can use in order to save money on attorney fees. I find the forms on the CD-ROM extremely useful and helpful.
The book does NOT talk about business ideas or marketing. It approaches the small business from a legal standpoint. For example, how do you talk to venture capitalists? How do you give employees stock options (incredible info in the book!)? How do you deal with employee discontent? How to protect your business legally? How to write a contract? And so on.
If you need to know how to get a small biz idea or how to sell your products/services, this book is not for you. But, once you get your idea off the ground, you ABSOLUTELY NEED this book to survive -- unless you've got lots of cash to afford a good attorney. This book is no substtitute for a lawyer in many situations, but I have been able to use the forms in the book and on the accompanying CD-ROM to save my company thousands of dollars. I think this is a must-have reference for every small business owner.
I wish IDG would put out an updated edition soon.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
not your first book on EJB

Ahi, ahi, forget about getting this book if you know nothing about EJB: it would be a big waste of time. Get it if you already know about EJB and you want to go over it again. After you know about EJB and while reading this book you wonder "why do they explain things in such a difficult and confusing way, when it is all so simple?".As a second book on the subject though, it contains value, so get it anyway, if you really want, but don't go nuts reading it as first.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible with CD-ROM
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Paul Nielsen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Casual writing style distracts me from getting the point

I like this book and use it often. For the basic product, it is as good as Inside SQL Server.
One area in which it could be better is depth. It makes the mistake of trying to cover too many topics. Many of them are simply glossed over. If you need good T-SQL advice, DTS info or replication recommendations, get another book or books in addition to this one.
By and large though this is a book that you will find useful if you manage SQL Servers on a regular basis.