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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Kalen Delaney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Expert's Manual

This book takes you to a unique level of detail into the inner workings of SQL Server. If you grasp what's in this book, you should be able to meet almost any challenge in your SQL Server environment and develop world-class applications with it. I have been developing, troubleshooting, and helping administer SQL Server applications for a long time, and my successes have been based on knowing what is happening in the product at the lowest levels. This book, like its predecessors, has been the single most important reference for me in doing this effectively. I liken this book to the aircraft manuals I had in my military flying days, where knowing things like the details of the fuel system - not just the stick and rudder user interface - helped keep me alive.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IT Project Management : On Track from Start to Finish, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Certification Aid the was Hard to Put Down

I am working toward upgrading my Novell CNE5 to Master CNE6, and the Comptia IT Project+ is a new optional requirement. In looking on Amazon and heading right to the Sybex book on the subject, the negative reviews overwhelmed me. Although, Sybex has never failed me, I looked further and came across Mr. Phillips's book. ..., To my pleasant surprise, it is one of the best certification prep books that I have ever read. I found myself staying up late and getting up early just to read another chapter. It is interesting reading and Mr. Phillips has a pleasant conversational style with humor interjected throughout that made this a great read. The CD with the book has 4 - 60 question simulation tests that align well with the Comptia Objectives and a demo copy of Microsoft's Project helps the reader with the exercises, allowing actual hands-on simulations with the provided exercises.Being a person who likes to be prepared for any certification test... that I take, I also picked up the Sybex book and am about halfway through. I have to agree with one of the Sybex reviewers that said to buy anything else, as it would have to be better. Well, "IT Project Management - On Track from Start to Finish" is not a book to "just settle" on, it is a winner and well worth the [money].I am very confident that I will have no trouble with the test later this month.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Online Review

I purchased this book from the local book store and had no previous knowledge of HTML 4, all I can say is it's GREAT!! Easy to follow step by step instructions for everything from begining scripting to Paint Shop Pro tips. If you don't know anything about HTML BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!! after reading it you will!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Extensive coverage of basics, but important details missing

Mr. Halvorson is obviously very well educated in Visual Basic and it shows through his teachings. There's enough in this book to please a reader of any ability level. The first 7 chapters are a superb introduction to not only Visual Basic but also computer programming in general by covering all the bases. As you go farther, the book begins to go deeper and deeper into some hardcore VB capabilities like advanced database programming, Dynamic HTML design and using the Windows API. I will admit that very few, if any, of these rapidly expanding features are covered in full length but there is certainly enough in here to get you cracking at some code.
The only problem I had with this book (and my reason for giving it 4 stars) is the layout of the chapters in the middle of the book which I feel is wrong. It begins discussing multiple forms, printer communication and special effects before it even mentions subroutines, arrays, procedures and modules which are all primary components of computer programming. These topics are not just nice VB features but rather crucial areas of any language and thus I feel they were misplaced. I reccomend that those of you who are new to programming read those chapters first and then go back to chapters 8 and 9.
Overall, this is a great tutorial and excellent resource for any VB developer. If you want the best guide available, buy Visual Basic 6.0 Step by Step by Michael Halvorson right now. You will not be disappointed.