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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
Publisher: SAS Publishing
Authors: Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
For absolute beginners

I loved this book as this helped me to learn all the fundamentals.Great book with clear examples.

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
If you buy one SQL Server book, buy this one

I bought this book not knowing what to expect. The title seemed a little pretentious to me. Well, I was wrong. This is a _great_ book -- one of the best computer books I've ever read. The coverage of Transact-SQL is so deep that I seem to glean something new each time I pick up the book. I've been working with MS SQL since 4.2, and I thought I knew all the in's and out's of the language. I was wrong about that, too. The book showed me just how little I knew.
The chapter on undocumented T-SQL alone is worth the cost of the book and taught me loads I didn't know. All those hidden DBCCs, trace flags, and undocumented stored procedures were fun to discover and will definitely come in handy. Without reservation, I can recommend this book to anyone looking for the ultimate tome on SQL Server's Transact-SQL.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Ingeniously Obvious

I have been either programming or designing functionality for websites for almost 10 years. This book was the wake up call I needed. I can honestly say it has completely changed the way I think about what I do. While most of what is in the book does seem obvious, sometimes it takes having someone tell you these things to realize their importance. I like this book so much I recommended it to everyone I work with and picked up all of the books in the recommended further reading section. All I can say is read this book if you are a designer, developer, or business analyst!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Visibility
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Shari Thurow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I wish I could give it more stars!

I read this book over the weekend and my advice to you all SEOer, pass your way ... you won't learn anything new.
I'm sorry :) if I was not supposed to read this book, but this is clearly material aimed at beginners to website development and to search engine promotion.
Moreover the 5 chapters that compose this book (sold for 300 pages) span over 225 pages with a third-of-the-page right margin ... this book could be half its size.The rest is forewords, introduction, link list, glossary, index and a free chapter of another book "Speed up your web site" (nothing-new-here-also).
The five chapters are :
- Before you build (36 pages)- How to build better web pages (72p)- Page design workarounds (47p)- After your site is built (47p)- Best practices : the Dos and Don'ts of Search Engine Marketing (17p)
I only give two stars now because nowhere is this book clearly advertised as a book for beginners.
The back-cover tells : "This book teaches developers, designers, programmers, and online marketers what pitfalls to avoid from the beginning so they can provide their clients with more effective site designs" ... I find it hard to believe that we can still find developers and designers... that don't know those basic facts about website building.
But give me that book 5 years ago and I would have loved it :)