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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Get it.


I'm learning JS at the time of this writing. So far I've bought Goodman's JS Bible, this book by Flanagan and a Peachpit Press book by Negrino & Smith. The Definitive Guide is the best by far of the three. Flanagan does a superior job of writing and explaining clearly.
One drawback to Flanagan's book though is that it mostly seems to be written for someone who has a programming background. His first few chapters will only make sense if you know programming techo-lingo. If not, then your going to have to find another source to get you off of the ground. When your ready to fly, buy *this* book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XHTML Black Book: A Complete Guide to Mastering XHTML
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Steven Holzner
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a good book for cross-browser code.


I liked the immediate solutions menu at the beginning of each chapter that list the most likely sought problems and the pages where you can find the answers. Also, the chapters on JavaScript were informative.
On the down side, why would anyone write an XHTML book w/ out concentration on cross-browser functionality? Many of the examples were solutions for just IE or for just Netscape. The whole point of validated XHTML is to reach the widest possible audience which means coding to a defined standard; browser specific code is mostly pointless. Also, as someone mentioned, the use of deprecated tags in examples caused me to be wary of the code throughout the whole book. Finally, why wait till page 503 to cover CSS? That should have been demonstrated early on to discourage the use of inline formatting within pages. And the CSS coverage, a chapter crucial to web development (ie, separation of data and presentation), was weak.
I guess for someone starting out it's ok to use this as a guide. But I urge anyone reading this book to avoid the use of deprecated tags or your web pages will render different ways in difft browsers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
good book, volatile information


now thats a nice guide to nowadays hardware pc market, very well complemented with explanations on the concepts involved on every element of most pc computers. but once the info is deactualized, 9/10 of this 780 pages volume, is waste: it covers every detail of all parts specification of AMD, Intel, and a few other brand's parts.
advice to readers: try to find a book with a more thorougly developed in general computing, unrelated with concepts specific of certain brand or model. got to read it all very fast



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is book of good quality, like the paper on which it is


This is book of good quality, like the paper on which it is printed.
Good things: 1. Good for all levels. 2. Practical with easy to follow examples. Is there anything than going straight to how to solve a problem and save your life time? 3. Very good examples of SQL query plan. Better than SQL on-line book. 4. Inside tricks of SQL server, undocumented commands. But use it with care, as indicated by the author. 5. It contains more than enough you need to know in order to write professional SQL on SQL server. 6. ...
"Bad" things: 1. Some complicated SQL seem to have only academic value. I would use temporary tables and multiple SQL to simply maintenance. The idea should be to spend just enough brain cells to get things done properly. 2. ...
As an experienced DBA and real SQL guru myself, I have to say this book is written for SQL gurus and people who want to become one.
Jonathan