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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating Systems (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, David R. Choffnes
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

If your not an expert in computer science, or even if you are just a beginner, you'll find this book quite useful no matter the operating system you work with. This is also an entertaining book, since it can be read from the beginning to the end the same way you could do it with an exciting novel.Concepts are explained very clearly and, if you'd like to go deeper in any topic, there's an extensive bibliography for every chapter. The document's structure is the same along the book, beginning with introductory text, an ending with a summary of concepts.Don't be afraid if you're not a brilliant hacker. This book explains everything in such a friendly way, that it makes operating systems theory appear easier than other operating systems books do. Everybody can learn from it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Deluxe Learning Edition--Version 2003 (Pro-Developer)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Get the help files from Microsoft

I phoned Microsoft (here in the UK) and they admitted it was a mistake to omit the help files CD - they are posting mine. Still it took 30 minutes on the phone to find someone who knew what they were talking about ... The book is ok but I prefer the much larger Programming VB.NET.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Richard J. Niemiec
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Somewhat interesting, but redundant

This book is concise, practical and thorough!
It starts with a high level view of new 9i features and then drills down to the meat and potatoes of not just 9i tuning, but tuning skills that can be applied to any Oracle database. It speaks to the beginner developer and DBA as well as the seasoned veteran tuner with equal added value for each. I really enjoyed the focus of the Disk I/O and Fragementation chapter. It drills in the fact that no matter how hi-tech or low-tech your disk technology is you must adhere to the common sense basics and take ownership of your database data files, I/O, partitioning and fragmentation down to the disk level and not leave it in the hands of your Hardware Admin. I also like the way he incorporates GUI (OEM) and line command options for those who are old school DBA's. He hits the new init.ora parameters, TKPROF, and stored outlines. As always, he covers documented and undocumented init.ora parameters, and an appendix of the GV$, V$, and X$ tables. The only thing I would have wished to be added was the hard to find proper use of the 'alter session set events' functionality to trace the optimizer decision process without the use of TKPROF. If you only have room for one Oracle tuning book on your shelf, make it this one, its still the "Gold Bible for Oracle Tuning".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Designers not users should think

This book does not come up with new wow! kind of concepts that you won't find in some guise somewhere, BUT it is written in an exceptionally readable and understandable manner. The author manages to drive his poiunt across by choosing really good examples.
The examples, for me, is what distinguishes this book from others. The author chooses, in most cases, reasonably well-designed web sites and critisize them using his "laws". And lets face it, it is easy to critisize a really bad example, but critizing a good one is much more difficult.
Also quit appropriate is that no claims is made (in fact it is disclaimed in the first chapter) that there exist a "perfect way". The author however drives the message home that designers should think - so that users don't have to think. In essense the author merely provides a framework that can be used to structure your thoughts.
If you want to design web sites you MUST READ this book, regardless of what you know or not about user interaction. The book is written with exceptional clarity. I also like the word play in the title - readers of this book will in fact do a lot of thinking - so that they don't make their users think...