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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SQLXML at its best

This book took me from being someone who couldn't even spell XML to a guy who has just finished his third major SQLXML application. I'm not an expert yet, but the author of this book is, and if you work with SQLXML, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Ironically I was originally recommended this book based on it's stored proc content. That was also excellent, but the real prize here are the chapters on SQLXML.
The first chapter, the XML introduction chapter, is simply genius. The example start off easy and build on each other. By the time I finished this chapter, I was creating complex documents and using style sheets and schemas to manipulate them.
The SQLXML chapters take each of the Sql Server SQLXML topics and explore them in depth. The templates coverage is particularly excellent. I loved the discussion of how templates make use of RPC - something I'd never have guessed but that makes a huge performance difference in one of my systems.
The section on working around SQLXML limitations is also excellent. sp_run_xml_proc is literally worth the price of the book all by itself. I was really disappointed when I found that I couldn't insert the results of a FOR XML query directly into a variable or table. With this proc, I can.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book on Internet Hold'em,

I have always been a winning limit hold'em player both online and live. This book brought my game to the next level. I am a teacher, but would be making more money playing online poker following Hilger's excellent advice. His preflop strategy is near flawless and brilliantly broken down. That section alone would almost guarantee making money. Simply written and good for any level of play. 6 stars!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Request for Proposal: A Guide to Effective RFP Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bud Porter-Roth, Ralph Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Response to the Granitesun review - from the author

I would like to point out that in the Preface to the book I say that the examples in the book are primarily from the technology sector but I believe that the processes and structures described in this book can be applied to purchasing all types of products. I also talk about this "issue" in the first chapter. While Granitesun may disagree with the book contents, I don't believe, as implied, that the book is misleading in its intent. From the Preface, "While this book is directed toward the computer system project, the disciplines of gathering requirements, organizing and writing an RFP, and interacting with suppliers during and after the RFP has been issued can be applied in many other contexts. ....However, this book does not cover every type of application for every project; some parts may not apply to your specific needs." I strongly disagree with Granitesun and his/her point of view.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VI Editor Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Enough Examples

I had to use vi again after having been out of the UNIX environment for 6 years, so I bought this book for a refresher. It is OK, but there are not enough examples and more than half of the book is dedicated to other flavors of vi (elvis, nvi, vim, and vile). I need to supplement this book with stuff from the web - some of which was more useful than the book. So yes the book is cheap and somewhat useful, but the web is free!