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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA: SQL Server 2000 Administration Study Guide, 2nd Edition (70-228)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Rick Sawtell, Lance Mortensen, Joseph Jordan, Joseph Jorden
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Contents

Coming from Oracle background I am currently using this book to prepare for my MCDBA certification. I would not rate myself as beginner because I have dealt with MS SQL Server on many occasions but not heavily. I am pacing myself with one chapter a day. So far I read about 5 chapters and I would admit that the content is good. Like any other technical book, this one also has some mistakes. In my case I started seeing the mistake on pages 145 and 146. On those pages the authors stated that to see the file id you need to run in the SQL Analyzer the stored procedure sp_helpdb. That is not true at all it should be sp_helpfile. I caught that mistake quickly because I really understood the previous information given and related to file, and I also tested the stored procedures listed in the book. I did check the errata on sybex website nothing is listed concerning that mistake but there are some other corrected mistakes though on the website.

As I always do I don't rely on one source for my certification exams. I have got another book and I am planning to get a third one too. I will go through all of them before I go take the exam end of May. I will try to post another review after I took exam.

My overall impression on this book is the book is well-written and easy to follow. So far I am getting useful information out of the book. And that helps me understand the objectives on the exam. I am doing pretty good with the review questions at the end of the chapters. After going through half of the book I think I like what I see and I would recommend this book but not as the only source to study for the exam.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Steven Muchnick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
compiler design and the program of compiler design

the program of compiler design

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I was recently asked by a peer (a senior software engineer more at home with Java than Perl) my opinion of this book. After writing it I thought it suitable enough for framing:
"Hmm. Learning Perl and Programming Perl 3e both have roughtly the same information. However, the presentation in Learning Perl is a little more clear on some topics--and is more suitable for less experienced programmers. My recommendation is that you shy away from Learning Perl unless you find that Programming Perl 3e does not fulfill all your basic Perl needs."
This is to say that if you are reasonably technical and able to pick up on programming, Programming Perl is more suitable than Learning Perl. I have found both invaluable in my career, but looking back I realized that Programming Perl has been most helpful.
The authors of this book are the names in Perl. They are intimately familiar with the material and have had years of experience in finding the best way to present the material. I also suggest the Perl Cookbook, but it has enough recommendations on its own.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Horrible Cover

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but in this case it's hard not too. If that's the author on the cover, and I assume it is, he has one of the ugliest mugs I've ever seen, and looks like a druggie. I assume the sort of criminal, undercover look he adopts is supposed to convey his unconventional views on web standards, and thereby make it more exciting? Wrong - whoever designed this cover must have been on drugs too. It's a shame because I actually am interested in the subject matter, but I wouldn't be caught dead with this book in my hands. After reading some reviews here, I gather the author's writing style matches the sloppy cover look, so no wonder this book is on the bottom shelf at B&N.