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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential CVS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Vesperman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An effective coverage of CVS

Being part of the "Essential" series, this book doesn't pretend to be the ultimate reference on the subject, but it delivers an effective coverage of CVS. The author start from scratch and goes up to explain more advanced features like tagging and branching. In my opinion the way chapters are organized is not ideal and there is some redundancy here and there, notwithstanding these shortcomings, I would recommend it. Just be advised the whole book is totally Unix centric and all the samples cover only command-line usage.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Reporting Services in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Teo Lachev
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect companion to a new product!

The best feature of this book is the example apps, and the realistic business problems being discussed. Chapter 2 goes straight into a discussion of RDL and uses an ad-hoc reporting tool for the example! Excellent! This was just what I needed! The chapters on custom code, security, and extending RS are also very well written and informative. So many early books on a topic are loaded down with fluff and/or a rehash of the online help, this book is so much better than that! The author obviously has spent a lot of time solving real problems with RS.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
it is basically the mysql free reference

Most of the time, to have a good knowledge about something doesn't mean you can teach it properly. Because to teach something requires a lot of different abilities. To play basketball very good does not make you a good coach.
That's why most of the tecnichal books about computers, even for the beginner ones, are so confusing. Because most of the writers are professional programmers but not teachers. They don't have the ability to make communication with readers (students), and understand their needs. They don't have the ability to teach something they know. They don't have the knowledge of the educational psychology.
But Dubois is different. He is a writer, instructor, teacher, professional programmer. He knows every question you possibly will ask, and have answers and examples for everyone of them.
This is the best technical book I have ever read, even for me (I am not a native English speaker).
Highly recommended for MySQL beginners

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great semi-technical, semi-historical book

This author is wonderful at bringing the technical subject of cryptography together with the rounded knowledge of the history and personalities that surround their discoveries. Exceptionally clear. Very fun and easy to read.