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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual Basic .NET Database Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Evangelos Petroutsos, Asli Bilgin
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Just barely worth the cost of its paper

This is the worst VB book I've read in all of my life, I needed to get to speed with ADO .Net, and as this book's title says "Mastering" I thought this could be the one I needed, especially after reading some of the other reviews.
If you are an absolute and complete beginner in database programming this book might help you, but if you already know your basics, step away from it and get David Sceppa's book instead. Half of this book is about the basics of Transact-SQL, but the really basics, not the advanced stuff, and after that you get a bunch of really dumb examples of the database objects that will rise too much doubts in your head, instead of helping you, you'll just get more confused.
I gave it two stars, because I was able to use a couple of examples in one of my applications, but that was after I had read Sceppa's book.
What a dissapointment.

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
Learn HTML 4 in Less Than 24 Hours With This Book!

Dick Oliver presents us with nothing but practical information on HTML in his book, "Sams Teach Yourself Html 4 in 24 Hours." He starts the book out with an introduction to HTML, what it stands for and how one uses it. Then, he moves on to basic manipulation techniques of words and characters within webpages, such as techniques on how to give a word or phrase a boldface type and how to change the font color of a word or phrase.
Oliver goes into details with the more advanced techniques of HTML, such as using frames, tables, and layers. He also touches on a good deal of Javascript. Within 24 hours, a good reader and student should be able to learn everything they need to know on making webpages and websites by hand. Although software, such as, Microsoft Frontpage, makes it possible for you to design good webpages without knowing the basics of HTML, you would feel prouder knowing that you understand the coding that these website building software produce....to go along with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAP BW: A Step by Step Guide for BW 2.0
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Biao Fu, Henry Fu
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Navigation in 2.0 and nothing more...

Disappointing in both structure and content; surprising thing, cosidering that the authors come with substantial credentials.
It is more of an end-user self-training package targeting the individuals that want to memorize and troubleshoot their way through the setup rather that providing a step-by-step business case driven scenario.
Unfortunately the release that make the subject of the book is already obsolete (well, this is not authors' fault).
The CD-ROM attached to it is of little if any use;

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

It doesn't matter how clever you are, how glitzy your site is, how artsy you color your hair, if I can't find what I need on your site then your site sucks. This book is more important than any plug-in for Photoshop, and more vital to your users' experience than Flash. Yes, cool sites are all well and good -- but developers need to learn when and where to draw the line between cool and usable.