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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MYSQL Certification Study Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul Dubois, Stefan Hinz, Carsten Pedersen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very readable; good preparation for test and work as well

I bought this book since I needed to get a better grip on MySQL, since I got tasked with migrating our data at work from an MS SQL Server that's no longer under support to a new MySQL server coming on line. The book was a pleasure to read, a rarity among technical books. I decided to pursue MySQL Core Certification after reading the book. My tactic was to re-read the first half of the book (the "Core" part), doing about half the exercises. Also, I scribbled notes on data types, etc. (about 10 pages' worth of notes). I'm happy to say that was enough to allow me to pass the Core exam today. The one thing not really covered in the book in adequate detail is stuff on using MyODBC. It's true that the database data used in the book is not given to you, you have to enter it yourself if you want to replicate examples. However, that did force me to get pretty familiar with CREATE DATABASE, CREATE TABLE, INSERT and friends...so it was labor that probably was a good thing, ultimately.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Janine Warner, Susannah Gardner
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A rush job

The first 75% of the book deals with plain HTML, forms and other buttons and takes one from 0 to 5 on a scale to 1000. A lot of space wasted on mechanical clicking around the interface. Explain the menus and options and how to use them and don't need to walk through each one as if I've never seen a mouse. Now, if all you want in a web site is a bunch of words, links and pictures, all you need is MS Word and then Save as HTML. So, I imagine the fun part is when you have a database, to make the site smart... The database examples have missing steps and built in assumptions, no clue as to what could go wrong, etc. Needless to say, I spent many hours searching the net to fill the missing spaces left by this book. To my surprise, I found Macromedia's ONLINE UltraDev help a much better resource, with better explanations and a lot more graphics. Thanks Jannine, but no thanks!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft ASP.NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dino Esposito
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The asp.net book I've been waiting for

When I saw this book in the bookstore I thought it would be another introduction to asp.net but after flipping through it I realized it was much more. This book picks up where the others leave off. It explains the entire asp.net application architecture and the page and control life cycles. It also points out the differences with IIS 5 and 6 interaction. Every thing about asp.net is covered. Don't just read this book. Study it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent. Makes NT shell scripts practical. Must Buy

Everyone else has said it already, but: easy to read and understand; practical detailed examples; deep knowledge; bugs and caveats; good command reference. This book reveals much about NT shell scripts that was previously not well documented. Mr Hill tells us how to write solid scripts that will run on any NT machine, not just those with special 'additions'. If you want to write 'batch files' buy this book.