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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Quality: The Accuracy Dimension
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Jack E. Olson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical techniques that will have an impact on your ETL


Concepts and technical approaches for analyzing and improving the usefullness of source data are presented in a well organized and logical sequence. Not quite a roadmap/algorithm for achieving data quality; it's balanced a little more on the conceptual side. The techniques and concepts presented are ones you _will_ want to begin using if you have any data quality issues in your source data (and who doesn't), I guarantee that. As a working ETL developer referencing disparate, low quality data, this book has had an impact on our approach, our results, and our project. Short and to the point, it's an easy study also!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Masterpiece! Only MFC Book I'd buy, if nothing else!!


By far the most "practical" book on the subject. A lot of information presented in a very nuclear manner. You can zero in on the topic and be done figuring out your problem in less than a few minutes. Very small (love it!) code snippets to illustrate the workings. Highly recommended. Caution: Cannot use it for learning MFC from grounds up [See Horton's book on Visual C++], since it might take eons to finish reading the book from cover to cover.
Although Mike Blaszczak's MFC book is written in the same spirit, it is far more confusing and stingy on "important" details as compared to this masterpiece by Prosise.
[Another useful practical book in MFC: Kaine's "The MFC Answer Book"]



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Moving to VB .NET: Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Daniel Appleman, Dan Appleman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concepts, Concepts ....


This IS a excellent book, though there is one thing you have to keep in mind when you buy this book. Dan does not make any effort to include as many code as possible to make it a bestseller. (because programmers like code).
The key goal of this book is that the book does EVERYTHING possible to make you learn VB.NET the RIGHT way, without later on running into problems that you get when you dive into a programming language without knowing the true Concept behind the language. Yes, sometimes you get a little nervous because you do need see any code in the first 3 chapters, but understand that this is the whole meaning.
'Moving to VB.NET' is a book that let's the .NET Concept 'snap into place' for you, while you are learning VB.NET very well.
Knowing Code never helped any programmer, Knowing OO and the Concept of a language helps EVERY Programmer !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Begginers be careful, advanced users apply


I script web pages for the US Navy, and I own many HTML books. I use two: Peachpit's HTML for the World Wide Web -- Visual Quickstart, and O'Reilly's HTML -- The Definitive Guide.
When I need a quick reminder or a visual example of how something will look, the Peachpit book has never let me down. When I need to know every gritty detail about a particular HTML tag, or how to use HTML more effectively, I open the O'Reilly book.
If you are just starting with HTML, come back for this book later. You'll want it! But not now.
If you want to KNOW HTML, this is your book. I would use the first three chapters as a text for an introductory HTML class. And the subsequent chapters cover every topic imaginable in complete detail.
If this book is lacking in one area, it is its coverage of Cascading Style Sheets. But if you are going to be using CSS, you will want Lie and Bos's book anyway.
Sooner or later, buy this book.