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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Crystal Reports 9
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Cate McCoy, Gord Maric
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for Developers.

I have been using crystal reports for several years; I really wanted to learn how to correctly deploy reports on the Web. This book really helped me out in that area. I went from knowing nothing about Crystal Report version 8.5 and 9.0 web features to implementing custom reporting solutions that will be used for our clients. We had several ideas on how reporting should be implemented and thank goodness Crystal has already done that for us. This book even showed me how to use the existing code provided by Crystal and implementing it with our applications. In past I have had problems with correctly displaying reports within a web browser. It also helped me cleared all the confusions. If you are trying to make sense out of web deployment give this book a try. I would also recommend "Crystal Reports 9 The Complete Reference ISBM 0-07-222519-X" by Osborne.Good Luck

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book - Recommend it to anyone

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in web development (which just about covers everyone in the programming world). It covers all the information that you need build a professional solution. It is the bible of ASP. Well done to the authors and WROX they are definitely an excellent publisher (my collection of computer books is about 50% from WROX).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol, Second Edition
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Alan Johnston
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
OK but could be much better written

Really enjoyed this book - easy to read, and the examples emphasized the points he was trying to make. The only negative is the cost of the book ... I got mine from the library, and was shocked to see how much this was selling for. After you understand SIP, this would be a decent reference book, but not the best.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Peter Rob, Carlos M. Coronel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent contents, however, too much strain on the eyes.

Designing databases is hard work and involves a lot of thinking. This books makes it easy. It's very explantory, uses real-life examples, and encourages the reader to do some studying on his own. However, I have to deduct one crown...the book would be even better if it came with a CD-ROM. Typing all examples by hand into my PC may be the right (and hard) way to learn, but it's tiring.