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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As the Title Says, For Guru's

If you're thinking of setting up a database to keep track of your local phone book or kitchen recipes, go get something else. (That is, if the price hasn't already told you that.) Note the title: The Guro's Guide. And he means it.

If you're a database developer or administrator using Microsoft SQL Server, get this book today. It would be nice to think that all the big databases met the ANSI standard and were therefore truly portable from database to database and it would be nice to have a Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny. Instead we are left with really having to understand deeply. And this Guru knows what's going on where.

There are three books in this series. I'm more into programming so I found the book on Transact-Sql to be the one that I pick up the most. It's got more stuff on T-SQL than any of the half dozen other books I have, some of which are much bigger. What that means is that the writing style doesn't waste a lot of time on excess verbage. It's tight and concise. And that means not for beginners looking for a lot of this is a database kind of stuff.

But the volume that I need the most is the Guide to Architecture and Internals. I don't use it often, but when I do it is likely to be the only book available that tells me what I need to know at that moment. It's also something you might keep by your bedside. Unless I'm working on a specific problem, thirty seconds and I'm out.

The third book is on Stored Procedures (just in case you want to run faster), XML and HTML.

Conclusion, if you're serious about SQL Server, you can't do any better.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great SQL Reference - for all levels

I purchased this book to learn how to write some really basic stored procedures, I started to read this book and applied the examples to some SQL tasks at my place of employment, the examples are real world friendly, and describe in detail what they do in SQL and you learn as you go. The authors writing style is concise, informative, and animated. I would recommend this SQL book for anyone who needs to apply a reference for real world SQL programming. A MUST HAVE FOR ALL SQL DEVELOPERS !!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible for EJB Developers

Recommend this book to anyone interested in doing EJB component development. Both the updated EJB 1.1 version and the older version of this book have been instrumental to our development team. It was a great reference guide that allowed us to quickly learn and implement EJB components for our e-business website.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VI Editor Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Quite useful.

A useful companion to "Learning the vi Editor" for *nix newbies. (And a handy quick reference for the old hands -- not that many would admit to needing a reference.)