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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Streetwise Complete Business Plan With Software: Interactive Software to Quickly Create a Powerful Business Plan Plus a Comprehensive Book (Adams Streetwise Series)
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Authors: Bob Adams
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Where to begin?

Me and an associate wrote our business plan using this book as our reference. Neither of us had any experience writting a business plan and didn't know where to begin. This book helped us get off the ground in no time. If your new to writting business plans or you're just not sure where to begin, this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Laying a Solid Foundation

To be quite honest I have not been a big fan of the "Dummies" series, but author Bill Hatfield has written a real gem. He seems to have a clear understanding of the skill set of his target audience - novice programmer. Yet he treats his audience with respect with intelligent dialog delivered at an even pace. This combines to create a solid foundation of learning. I was particularly impressed with Part III of Chapter 6 'Classy Objects and Methodical Properties.' In this section he introduces the reader to programming objects, a sometimes-intimidating concept. By using a "real-world" example - his car, he clearly constructs and then breaks down the components that constitute an object. Outstanding through and through. If you are new to programming and interested in learning the basics of ASP.net I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference Book - Not a Text Book

I picked this book up because it was the text book for a college class on Perl. The chapter on regular expressions is a God-send for those who haven't ever done any pattern matching. From there, the book maintains the quality of an excellent reference manual.
Several weeks into the course, a couple of us in the class decided to get another book to help learn the ins and outs of Perl. We bought Waite Group's Perl 5 Interactive Course. Using both books, the class created some amazing scripts, icluding a web server.
I particularly enjoyed the humor in this book, especially the references to Star Trek and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. A definite plus!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft(r) SQL Server(tm) 2000 Analysis Services Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: OLAP Train, Reed Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very well done

The book covers Analysis Services quite well if you are willing to go through the steps that they have for each section. As the name implies it steps you through examples and is NOT a reference guide by any means. It is also not a step by step guide that you can just read. You must be working through the examples while you read or you will get lost pretty fast because many examples build on previous ones. Their coverage of MDX is fairly weak unless you need exactly what they query on. Other than that they cover the topics pretty well.