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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Management : Databases and Organizations
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Richard T. Watson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Data modeling and SQL integrated


This is a beautiful, accessible, up to date, patient, didactic, and all in all a very good book. A Dutch teacher of databases since a long time, I never came across quite the right thing for my non-Dutch students until I found this one. Watson is not a computer nerd. He appreciates the fact that data modeling problems are real-world problems. And the fact that modeling and SQL are two sides of the same coin: getting the data IN a database in order to get information FROM it. And that fact that databases operate in an organization, not in a vacuum.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Everything you ever wanted to know about Windows 2000 and


One of the negatives of the Microsoft books is that they often don't give a realistic view of Microsoft products. They often present them as they should work rather than as they actually do. In a sense, this book is no different. Despite this, the book is technically solid and contains much information that is not available anywhere else. You'll definitely want to supplement your studying by picking up other non-Microsoft Windows 2000 texts, but if you don't get this one, then you're simply not serious about Windows 2000.
This book is ahead of its time. Microsoft has a lot of "late-breaking" information that got included in the Resource Kit. Other authors will likely spend countless hours poring over these books for information to include in their own books. The Resource Kit contains more updated material than any other book to date. While the Resource Kit definitely isn't perfect and probably doesn't need to be 7,200-some pages, it still is worth picking up. When you combine it with Microsoft's rebate offer, it actually becomes a pretty good value too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too many errors to be used alone


Don't be fooled into thinking that this book alone will get you ready for passing the PMP Cert exam. The PMP exam is much harder than any other cert. Don't expect this book's into to PM style is enough to pass the exam.
Kim's book is lacking in many ways; too many errors and ommisions for my taste. For example, Kim got it wrong - the five process groups are not phases! Controlling is not a phase. It's this lack of critical thinking that will lull you into thinking you're ready to take the exam when you're not.
I prefer PMP Cert For Dummies - and so do all those in my study group. Between us, we have all the books. Our recommendation is to buy several books - this one along with PMP cert is a good combo. By the way, Rita's is too overpriced and omits too many things for self-study. If you like Rita's re-cycled class workbook take her $1,100 course instead and get it for free.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Second Edition is Better


This is a complete rewrite of the second edition, plus the addition of another author. The format is good for reference, if that's how you learn. But it takes away from the rather eloquent writing and by-example approach that Randal Schwartz has been doing. Randal is a wonderful writer, and the Second Edition is much more suitable, as it provides a follow-by-example method, building more complex issues as the book progresses. It's clear that Randal is a good teacher.
I recommend anyone that really wants to learn perl, do so by using the Second Edition. While it may not have all the reference material available in the third, it does a wonderful job and will prepare you for more advanced learning, plus you can probably purchase the Second Edition now at a good discount.