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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering C# Database Programming
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jason Price
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great, but not for the beginners

This book is probably the best book in the market if you want to take your novice c# asp.net skills to intermediate/expert level. It provides plenty of good examples and practically all the knowledge you need to become a fully competent c# asp.net developer.

I especially found the chapter on SQL and T-SQL particulary awesome. As a Senior DBA who has worked on SQL for 7 years, I thought the author had superb knowledge of SQL transactions which I rarely see even amongst the SQL books. I highly suggest every c# developer to delve deelply into the SQL chapters of this book as it will increase your T-SQL transaction knowledge exponentially.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Scripts gallore, Active Directory Mastered!

Robbie does it again. If you're looking for a book to assist you in managing AD with scripts, this is it. He once again writes a complete book with technical knowledge and practical application too. After you read his book, e-mail him reqeusting his scripts in electronic form so you won't have to write them manually. Almost all tasks are covered with scripts in VBS, Perl and WMI technologies are covered too. He also enumerates command line entries to execute the same function in case you don't want to "script" it.
Buy this book - it's awesome.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Design: Principles and Practices and Xilinx 4.2i Student Package (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: John F. Wakerly
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a good book for nonECE students >:(

The first four to five chapters are ok. You actually get a chance to learn something useful, like binary arythmetic and switching algebra, as well as how to build some basic circuits (although I often had to search the web for the additional explanation). After that, however, the material becomes so complex and confusing, that after reading it I usually was like "Uh, what did he just talk about?" All in all, I think that the ECE class was a waste of time and I wander why we had to take it in the first place.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Want to learn web design? Start here!

Maybe just one more favorable review about this excellent web design book. This is the book you need if you want a very good foundation for your web site/page building experience. Starting with the basics such as beginning HTML coding (even if you never coded before) to pop-ups, the author carefully walks the reader through many of the complexities of good web design. Examples using Dreamweaver, GoLive, and Frontpage are helpful (although Adobe's GoLive 6 which is now available is quite a bit different than the GoLive 4 in the book) if you're interested in using an advanced design program. After completion of this book you will realize you learned something and didn't get ripped off.