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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hugh E. Williams
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
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If you want to read 400+ pages of Hugh and Lane's secret vineyard , then buy this book...BR>The content barely scratches the surface of what you can realise with PHP and MySQL.Gone are the days of creating mediocre small level applications with PHP/MySQL.Today PHP has grown by strengths and this text is hardly and sadly not reflective of that fact.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay(TM) Strategies : 10 Proven Methods to Maximize Your eBay Business
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scot Wingo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, an eBay book that wasn't for beginners only!


I have a moderately sized eBay-based business and I found that Wingo gave some pretty good tips. If he writes another one in the future, I would hope that that he cuts down on the acronyms a little. I like acronyms when they are used sparingly, but it is my opinion that Wingo may have overdone it. Though it makes all his arguments look very well-thought out and scientific as was the intention, I imagine.

Nevertheless, the best part of the book were the general tips and also the 2-3 page examples from different eBay selling companies. It is always nice to know how other people solve their challenges and try to apply those ideas to one's own business.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Contextual Design : A Customer-Centered Approach to Systems Designs
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Hugh Beyer, Karen Holtzblatt
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Hard to Penetrate


I have read a lot of glowing reviews about this book but I have found that, while it is good, I think it is too dense to be great. It is a very difficult read. The writing style is very heavy. I would love a one-pager of the ideas in this book. My sense is that it would read "Watch Users." There are better books on the subject. I like "The Inmates are Running the Asylum."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Jay Rose
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for MiniDV Camcorders


A disappointment. It is well written, very introductory, and not at all geared to those of us trying to get the best digital sound out of our MiniDV camcorders, which is what I was hoping for. My problems include mic questions, in-line mixers, return loops for headphone monitoring, in brief: how to bypass the internal preamps in the camera to get the best sound out of a MiniDV camcorder. I need practical examples. This is not in this book. I am not sending it back, but it goes on the shelf with the other not-enough-hands-on-examples books.