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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How a near ideal book might be possible....

editor:this replaces the submission I sent approx 3/4 hours ago. editor:how do I set up voting?
When I considered this book, I did so as someone that has "heard" of ASP.NET. I haven't touched a book on it. Whilst I don't see myself as a "dummy", I felt that the treatment of the "Dummies" book would be precision for me in light of my "virgin" status with ASP.NET. Whilst maranGraphics' visual books appear to have a well earned place in the learning task here (I think so), I find the "Dummies" book can have a place too.
Not knowing anything about "ASP.NET", "ASP.NET for Dummies" handled me as I needed to be. As someone that was a "virgin" to "ASP.NET", in respect of the human learning mechanism, I feel obliged to recommend it.
After reading the whole book, it became apparent to me that I needed another type of tutoring, for which "ASP.NET for Dummies" isn't made for and shouldn't be. The book plays a role. With learning one can make progress and with this, the role of the book comes to its natural end. And so I found maranGraphics' "Visual Blueprint: ASP.NET" had a place. It filled many gaps left behind by the "ASP.NET for Dummies" book. maranGraphics have found a way to bring my mind to tune in with aspects of the computing phenomenon I am trying to handle and apply for my own needs.
In using "ASP.NET", we are using computers and software and so many tasks are performed visually; at least the tool used to produce "ASP.NET" applications is handled visually. Once you have finished with this book ("ASP.NET for Dummies"), I recommend another; one that allows you to learn at the level you are now at (not "virgin").
Personally, I purchased 2 more books. 1) maranGraphic's "Visual Blueprint: ASP.NET". It had some of the additional tutoring I needed. 2) An "ASP.NET" "bible" type book.
My mix (what works for me and my friends): begin with "Dummies" then progress to maranGraphics' visual books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
i like it

it's a good book, especialy for future hackers so young one it is very good you to buy it couse you will learn many things, the book is easy to understand ,even for kids...so just buy it it's not very expensive, but there is a lot of information, a lot...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best book on the subject? Close but ...

I wish Kimball would get off his anti-relational & E/R kick. Yes star schema provides the most efficient and understandable design for datamarts, as people tend to think dimensionally and hierarchicly. But 'dimensional modelling' is just de-normalization for performance and understandability. If your staging area or ODS is not 3NF, you haven't a hope of resolving cross-deparmental issues and coming up with enterprise query capability. To balance Kimball's viewpoint you must read something like 'Data Stores, Data Warehousing and the Zachman Framework' as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: TOAD Pocket Reference for Oracle
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jim McDaniel, Patrick McGrath
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for the Pocket

I've been downloading TOAD for a few years, but mostly done the same old stuff in the same old way. This book, by the TOADman himself, has been great because it covers the 95% of options I've never bothered with, especially the right-button mouse-click options. I wouldn't claim a 500% increase in TOAD productivity, but maybe a 50% one, when using TOAD, especially with PL/SQL. And the size of the book is great too, perfect for coat pockets, and the desktop, with all the tabs, clicks and being being quickly accessible. Nice work.