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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's about time!


The publisher sent me a copy to review before publishing and I can only say that I wish I had had this book when I was learning SQL.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Luke Hohmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required Reading for Software Industry Execs


As a business person in the process of starting a software company, I found this book very useful. I use the word useful because it seamlessly weaves theory with practical advice. Although some of the concepts in the book are not novel, the way in which they are spelled out is. I find myself constantly revisiting chapters in the book and using them as a point of reference. It acts as a clear and constant reminder of best practices and the importance of solid, cost effective software development. It also provided me with the tools necessary to work more effectively with technical people and understand where they are coming from. It is required (I ask nicely)reading for my developers. I would recommend this to both technical and businesspeople.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Luke Hohmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required Reading for Software Industry Execs


As a business person in the process of starting a software company, I found this book very useful. I use the word useful because it seamlessly weaves theory with practical advice. Although some of the concepts in the book are not novel, the way in which they are spelled out is. I find myself constantly revisiting chapters in the book and using them as a point of reference. It acts as a clear and constant reminder of best practices and the importance of solid, cost effective software development. It also provided me with the tools necessary to work more effectively with technical people and understand where they are coming from. It is required (I ask nicely)reading for my developers. I would recommend this to both technical and businesspeople.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great introduction!


Lately, I had become more and more interested in the .NET framework and the potential it help. Where I work, we do a lot of development of ASP pages at work so I was particularly curious what this new framework held for shops like ours. After plowing through a detailed book on the .NET Framework, I had a much better idea of how things work, but I really didn't know what it does. Then I ran across this book. This book was the perfect introduction I was looking for - it went step by step through things so that both the beginner, who may not have done as much ASP coding before, as well as the experienced user could see what was going on. Areas compare and contrast "classic ASP" vs. ASP.NET but there is no dwelling on it. Rather the focus is on showing you, coming in cold, what ASP.NET can mean, get your foot in the door with simple examples, and let you go out to the more technical books from there. It's a quick reference for trying to make the transition to a new system, and getting up to speed. Highly recommended, even for the experienced coder who wants to skim and see how implementations have changed (and yes, they are changed - hopefully for the better).
In addition, the companion CD is an invaluable tool in itself, with additional chapters including a very good quick overview of databases and such, as well as actual useful code for projects that lets you match up function with code in a real world situation beyond "Hello World." A great package deal.