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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition with CD-ROM and Online Subscription
Publisher: Merriam-Webster
Authors: Merriam-Webster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very useful, with features that are rarely mentioned

I had an old version of this software (2.0, I think), which requires Mac OS 9 or classic. This new version runs in native OS X. I agree with other reviewers: the interface is ugly, but it does the job. I love the audio capability. English is not my first language so I find the pronunciation feature indispensable (don't forget to install it; it's not included in the "easy" install option). Another great feature is the "Defining text contains" search. You can find a word by entering the words that are in the definition. What is the word that denotes the noise a duck makes? You can easily find that, of course, ducks "quack," not to mention that you will also find all kinds of ducks -- the blue-winged teal, the bufflehead, the eider -- and all sorts of duck relatives and even duck dishes. You can also find words that rhyme with duck: cluck, guck and many more. Other ways of searching include: usage paragraph contains, forms a crossword, homophones, cryptograms and more. Frankly, I don't understand why these features are not prominently used to market the dictionary. They are the reason for using a dictionary in a computer, and they make the $20 a joke. I would pay so much more for it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
At last! A book for practitioners

Just like the venerable Unix Network Programming and the Gang of Four Design Patterns books, this book is destined to be a classic. I honestly wish I'd had this book four years ago when I started working with CORBA for the first time because life would've been SO much easier. The authors have distilled the CORBA specs, mixed in some historical perspective and design rationale, and put in a heavy does of serious experience to come up with a book that simplifies my life with its completeness.
If you're going to do CORBA, or you just want to learn about it, and you're a hands-on, no-nonsense person, then this book is for you. It won't replace the OMG specs, but it makes them MUCH easier to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Will Keep You Out of Trouble

First let me tell you why NOT TO BUY this book: You want to learn how to create SQL statements- there are lots of SQL manuals that are better, and easier to use as a reference because they are lighter in pounds. You want to learn advanced issues in creating a database- if you are that advanced you should buy a book about the particular issue you need help with.
Now let me to you WHY TO BUY this book: If you are just building databases complex enough to get into real trouble (and that happens a lot sooner than you may think) you must read this book. It gives an overview of all the problems you need to think about. Very simple databases can get into trouble if you aren't very careful about data integrity and security. This book will raise warning-flags in your head- to find out what do about those warning-flags, however, you may need to go to a book specifically about your application or problem.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Special book, very illustrated !!

few weeks ago, I read the book "how computers works" and I think is very special book as computer technical reference, because is very ilustrated, and wait the translation to spanish, why ? all book has illustrative material, and the acknowledge is very clear.