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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000/Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Evan Callahan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent at the Fundamentals

I tried a "Dummies" book when trying to first learn Access programming (albeit Access '97) and found that the "Dummies" book presumed too much and was riddled with errors. Although this book is only aimed at "fundamentals" of writing code with Access 2000, it does a great job; I have worked through 3 of the 4 parts so far and have only found one error; the explanations are clear, the steps simple, and the practicality of everything that is taught is great. A person will want to go on from here but this is as fast and as clear as the beginner wants to go. I noticed another reviewer saying the book was expensive but I disagree - when anything is this clear and useful, esp. for beginners, it is worth it in all the saved time and frustration. Good job, Mr. Callahan and thanks for making my days.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Network Programming
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for learning UNIX IPC

With very little effort, one can learn the techniques and tricks to programming Sockets and other forms of IPC. Using this book alone, I was able to learn and implement socket based applications. Richard Stevens's writing is well thought out and full of examples.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book, but pay attention...

This book is very helpful for me, it's really straight and simple, but there is one thing you should pay attention to. Before I read this book, I've already read several book about ColdFusion, and use cfml to play around with the database. This book doesn't specify any actual language to assist you(like ASP, PHP, or ColdFusion), just focus on the pure SQL, that means you are supposed to being already dealing with one type of database and know one programming language like ASP, PHP or whatever. Otherwise, it's a little bit difficult for you to follow the example in the book to practise.(but you can just read it without practice, still very helpful)
Most of all, each chapter is only 5-6 pages, and tell things very clear. I LOVE IT!!!! Hope every programming book is short like that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Cliff Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Adding Hollywood to a Presentation

I never really thought about the format of PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint seems to be designed around presentations that are bulleted lists of things. When I give a quarterly report, my presentation looks just about like those of the other managers. We may use different wall paper or select different styles from those built into PowerPoint but that's all. Let's face it, my slides look like the before in his before and after presentations.

My next surprise was that this fellow can make PowerPoint do things that I never knew could be done at all. I'm going to put some of his techniques into a presentation that I'm just beginning that will be delivered to our best customers and prospects. What he says is not difficult to do, it's just a different way of thinking about how to make a presentation. Very interesting.