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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Inside Out
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jim Boyce
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Detailed Coverage of Outlook 2003

This book has excellent coverage of Outlook 2003. It is extremely thorough, covering every menu option in detail. My favorite part of the book is that it covers tips and tricks that are undocumented in Outlook's help. For example, it will tell you how to go to the filesystem to make a change to an Outlook file to fix a problem.

There are also excellent comparisons between previous versions of Outlook and 2003. The author obviously knows Outlook "inside out".

This book is probably a little too much for a complete computer beginner, but if you've used Office products before even somewhat, then you should be able to understand the information in this book.

Overall, excellent reference material and a great source of tips and tricks for Outlook 2003!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Most Used and Beat Up Book I Own Right Here

I bought this book when I first wanted to learn PHP. That was 4 months ago. I am now developing commercial applications in PHP.

Not kidding.

This book does start you off at square 1, but is still a great book for the more advanced programmers. It doesn't cover everything. Nothing can. But it is by far the most referenced book I have. Today it looks so beat up from use that it appears to have been dragged through the kitchen (I literally ate dinner while reading this many times) and looks like I have been sleeping with it for some kind of teddy bear. (Ok, maybe I have.)

The point I am trying to drive home: Buy This Book.

If you want to learn PHP, buy this book. If you want a good reference on how to do XYZ in PHP or MYSQL, buy this book. If you are developing web sites based on PHP, buy this book.

That being said, also buy a MYSQL book while you are at it so you can have access to a reference to expand you query possibilities. The book covers a lot of common SQL queries, but like I said, the book doesn't cover everything. (Any claim to such would be unrealistic.)

Final note: The books says it covers PHP 3 and 4, but don't let that stop you. Everything covered here works in PHP 5 as well. Until Larry here revises this book to include PHP 5, that's right, buy this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book stinks.

I've read a number of books on C#. This book is defiantly the best place to start learning C#. Don't expect miracles. This will just get you started. And you wont loose interest half way through.

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
A really great book

A really great book for someone wanting to come to grips with the SQL Server OLAP or Analysis Services. The book takes one through the processes of creating cubes and reporting from them, in a step by step, orderly manner. The book was recommended by several attendees at the recent PASS conference in San Francisco. I bought the book and installed the analysis services on an NT server and have been working with it for the past 10 days. The reading is easy and helps one come up to speed in an efficient and effective manner. For a beginner or someone with some OLAP product training, the book is really great.