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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Best introduction to ASP

If you have never programmed before, this book will be absolutely perfect for you. The examples are intelligent and they all work. The explanations are clear and accompanied with good examples. I only came across one or two minor typos. The reason I give this book only four stars is because the book has a very slow pace and quite a bit of redundancy - good for a beginning programmer - bad if you already know programming. For example, there are a half a dozen times where the reasons you should you OPTION EXPLICIT are mentioned. The term "debugging" is defined. Six pages are devoted to the difference between a fatal error and a non-fatal error - stuff like that. There were several other times I was saying to myself "you already said that". Well done otherwise.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis : Techniques for Experimental Design, Measurement, Simulation, and Modeling
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: R. K. Jain
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent source of information

If you want to learn about Capacity Management and you don't have the time to follow a course during day time this book will give you the training you were looking for. It has a lot of useful information and examples about the subject. It will give you all the basic information you need in this area, shows you the angles and gives you the right handles for this complex area of IT.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Took me from a novice to a virtuoso almost overnight

What I like about this book is how concentrated it is. There's not a wasted word in it. Everything you need to know to master Transact-SQL can be found herein. Not only that, but there's *lots* of useful code in the book - code that you can take and put to use yourself. I took three stored procedures (sp_active_processes, sp_find_root_blocker, sp_pss) from the Administrative T-SQL chapter and put them work in my shop the first day I had the book. They work great! They're worth the price of the book alone! A lot of the code is this way - you learn from it, but it's also useable from a practical standpoint. If you read just one book on Microsoft's Transact-SQL, read this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert G. Freeman, Matthew Hart
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Outstanding Book

I've been avoiding learning RMAN till now. When RMAN first came out, I thought that it's another way to sell more server licenses. After reading this at the local coffee shop, I've determined that this is the preferred B&R method. This is a good primer for the Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery (ISBN: 0072226625), which is my next purchase.