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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE REFERENCE


This is a *programmer's* book about XSLT. As such, it is the best I have used simply because it does not gloss over the details concering XSLT and XPath, rather it drills into them so as to give the reader a more thorough and greater understanding. But, it gets even better with fully worked examples.
If you're serious about XSLT and want to really understand it, this is the book you want.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Cliff Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stop putting your audience to sleep!


I can't count the number of boring bullet point presentations I've sat through in my life. Unfortunately, my audiences probably say the same thing! With the help of Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, hopefully my audiences won't have to endure yet another boring bullet point presentation.

If you are looking for a book to teach you PowerPoint or looking to transform yourself into a PowerPoint "power user" look elsewhere. If you want to learn to develop effective presentations that engage your audience and not put them to sleep, Beyond Bullet Points is a great book.

The book presents Cliff Atkinson's three step approach to presentations: Focus, Clarify and Engage. The method is based on story telling with a few twists to compensate for the complex nature of presentations.

Chapter 1 starts with a fictional presentation which the book will transform from a boring bullet pointed presentation to one that engages the audience.

Chapter 2-3 (focus) guides the reader as Cliff describes the process of writing the script for the new presentation.

Chapter 4-6 (clarify) builds upon the previous chapters as the reader is guided through the process of clarifying the presentation's ideas.

Chapter 7 lays out the groundwork to create an engaging script that will certainly bring life to your presentation.

Appendix A summarizes Richard Mayer's excellent research on multimedia learning.

Appendix B discusses Cliff's excellent tool, Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter.

While PowerPoint is used as the tool in presenting Cliff's idea of storyboarded presentations, the concept is certainly beneficial to anyone that uses alternate tools.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good database design book for beginners


This book is great if you want to learn the basics of relational database design in a non-platform dependant manner. Some of the information may seem useless, such as the interview process, if you are just looking for designing a database for your own personal use. In a business environment this essential. As an individual who had not messed with database design since dBase III+, I found the book quite useful as a refresher and an excellent warm-up for more advanced books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Navision
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Scott Hamilton, Scott Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Indispensable Learning Tool


This book is indispensable for all Navision manufacturing consultants and sales people...I've bought copies for our clients and have told them that if they read this book thoroughly they too could become Navision manufacturing consultants.
For the prospective Navision buyer it will help them understand just how effective the product will be for their company. A few hours invested by salespeople in reading this book could increase their bookings significantly.
The case studies (never present in manuals) allow the concepts to come alive and stimulate us to understand how we can apply them to our own supply chain workplace. The concepts themselves are first placed in the book's framework and then explained in straightforward language free of sophomoric jargon.
It offers a holistic view of the interrelationship of manufacturing, E-commerce, relationship management, service management and accounting. Manufacturing is seen not as an island unto itself but as just one of the many determinants of the entire DNA structure of the supply chain. We understand that what happens even in one part of the process will reverberate throughout the entire structure.
Does a better job in explaining the Navision in several hundred pages than the lengthier manuals...Even manufacturing neophytes will come away with competency.