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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wrox Publishing Scores Again!

If you aren't familiar with Wrox Publishing (great books!), Wrox has a learning tree on the back of most of their books. It helps developers determine the appropriate path and books to read to learn a specific technology. As a developer, I can't stress the importance of this enough. I therefore feel it's important to suggest that while this is a Beginning ASP book, you should have some experience coding straight Active Server Pages (no database stuff) and if you like Wrox, I highly suggest Beginning Active Server Pages 2.0 or 3.0 (I reviewed 2.0 if you need help determining which version book to get). If I hadn't gone through Beginning ASP 2.0 before doing this book, I wouldn't have gotten as much out of it. This is because the author immediately dives in to ADO in Chapter 3, assuming you are ASP-ready!
Having said that, this is a great book. I was familiar with Microsoft data access techniques (ADO, Jet, SQL language) and a little with ASP but I really needed a book to see how they all tied together. The author goes through SQL as does most any database book, but at least he uses it in the context of integrating with your ASP web pages. A great part of this book is showing how you would actually implement recordsets. In other words, he doesn't say "Here's how to bring back recordsets", he says "Here's how to bring back recordsets and display the information usefully in an ASP page". Cookies, Errors, Stored Procedures, and a full case study are all presented in later chapters. The case study was extremely helpful.
One other thing I think you may find helpful-- don't feel left out if you are only developing on a workstation with no server right now. You can still use this book. Chapter 2 is dedicated solely to showing how you can work with this entire book using/installing Personal Web Server, IIS, ADO on any Microsoft operating system, including Windows 95/98, 2000, Or NT with no server involved.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Solaris
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark G. Sobell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastico libro, honestamente muy buena inversion

Este si que es un buen libro, completo, claro, cubre todos los temas, brinda buenas instrucciones y su nivel es excelente.Compre este libro a fin de migrar mis habilidades de administrador NT/2000 hacia solaris, y honestamente este libro ha hecho mucho por mi. Sus paginas estan repletas de excelente informacion que sin duda te servira.Te recomiendo este libro bajo si caes dentro de una de las siguientes categorias: eres un habilidoso administrador NT/2000 pero novato con unix y tienes que moverte hacia solaris, eres un experto TCP/IP y tienes que aprender Solaris, tienes buenos o excelentes conocimientos sobre unix y desea adaptarlos a Solaris.Este libro tambien ofrece: varios capitulos destinados a aprender a programar con los diferentes shells, seguridad, recursos y trucos.Si tu eres novato en el mundo de Unix, compra este libro y tambien Solaris Administration - A Begineer's Guide. Ambos te pondran a la altura que ya tienes en el mundo de Microsoft, garantizado.Espero que mi experiencia con estos libros te sirva para que hagas una buena decision. Saludos.Piyux

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Kevin Loney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
from the author

For those who have seen the prior editions of this book:

The new version is 47 chapters plus the Alphabetical Reference. New chapters include:
Installing Oracle 10g
Upgrading to Oracle 10g (from 9i)
Using the regular expression functions (REGEXP_LIKE, REGEXP_SUBSTR, REGEXP_INSTR, REGEXP_REPLACE)
Using Virtual Private Databases
Using DataPump Export and DataPump Import
Using Flashback Version Queries
Flashback Table (via the Recyclebin)
Flashback Database
Writing dynamic PL/SQL
Case Studies in performance tuning
10g AS
Grid Management

Additionally, the older chapters have been revised to include coverage of features such as ASM, the Quick Tune options, dynamic memory management, new functions and commands, datatype changes, data dictionary changes, and much much more.

-Kevin Loney.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for beginners

A very highly recommended contribution to both novice and professional photography reference collections, Rick Sammon's Complete Guide To Digital Photography is a comprehensive self-teaching tool featuring 107 individual lessons covering all aspects of effectively taking, editing, storing, printing, and sharing high quality digital images. Full-color illustration enhances a meticulous text which offers detailed walkthroughs, tutorials, and more to fill the pages of this superbly organized and presented "how-to guide" written especially for photographers adapting their visual media to the diverse complexities and challenges of the Information Age.