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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
Great Way to learn ASP Quickly


This book lives up to all its good reviews. I have programed some in various languages and am already familar with Access (but not SQL). After reading through the book I was able to take ASP code off the web for visitor tracking, customize it, and add the new code to our company web site (after I learned about HTML!). When I ran into trouble with the database end, this book was there with very detailed examples (often more detailed than I needed) and solid explanations of all the different ways to connect to the database.
Great job - perfect book for mid level programmers who want to learn ASP quickly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace : Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom (The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Authors: Rena M. Palloff, Keith Pratt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A 'Must Have' for an Online Educator


Palloff and Pratt present the theoretical foundation of interactive distance learning and combine it with practical guidelines to address the challenges of forming an online community. Topics include: Time and Group Size, Managing the Technology, Building an Effective Course Syllabus, Promoting Collaborative Learning, and Evaluation/Assessment.
I believe it is an excellent resource for those new to online instruction as well as for those, like myself, who have already suffered the slings and arrows of developing and delivering an online, community-centered course.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Colin Moock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As advertised


In response to the review by "casa", page xxv of the Preface clearly states under "What's Not in This Book" that the Flash authoring tool isn't covered. The book is intended to cover programming alone.

For an introduction to the Flash MX 2004 authoring tool, see "Flash Out of the Box", also by O'Reilly (ISBN: 0596006918)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Michael Pastore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Making Security+ attainable.


Sybex is a leader in certification technical study guides and once again they have released a first rate effort for the Security+ exam. Pastore tackles each exam objective with clear and detailed information which is right on target with the newest CompTIA release.

Pastore has broken down the exam into 10 chapters; each chapter builds a foundation that will give a great chance of passing the exam on the first try. I like the idea of having the notes and warnings spread out throughout the book, this gives the reader some real world experience to work with.

Chapters 5 & 6, which deal with network security, are excellent guides not only for the exam but also for the real world. Pastore has done an excellent job of taking apart the exam with this book.

Each chapter has practice questions and the cdrom included has practice test in various formats. Whether you are trying to break into the security field or have several years of working experience, this book has something for everyone.

Overall this book would rival any others on the market today. One thing that I think adds tremendous credibility to this book is that the technical editor is David Groth. Together they have added another success effort to Sybex's already extensive library.