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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

I bought this book a week a go and I am still reading it. So far, I find it's a very thorough and good introduction to the topic. It is a perfect book for MySQL beginner since it's provide a tutorial on howto interact with MySQL server using comand line and programming language. The main languages that this book focus are C, PHP and perl. This book is also good as a reference. It got 200 something pages appendixes starting from How to install MySQL until PHP function reference. My only complain with the book is that it uses a database sample called samp_db which I could not find where to get it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Rebecca M. Riordan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Intro to ado.net

First, this book assumes you are already familiar with either vb.net or c#.net. This may be the reason some others have had problems, as her examples require some familiarity. An example from early in the book is "Add a call to the RefreshValues procedure to the end of each of the CheckedChanged event handlers." If you don't understand that sentence, you will have a hard time getting through this. You will want to start with one of the vb.net books (I recommend Coding Techniques for Microsoft Visual Basic .Net by John Connell for starting out).
Otherwise, all of the sample code has worked fine and the errata listed on Microsoft's web site only has a few code sample problems.
So why 4 stars instead of 5? I think that she could have explained some of the topics and code a little more for those of us who are newbies to ADO. She seems to assume that the reader is familiar with ADO and is moving to ADO.NET and as a result does not explain some things quite as well as she could. One example of this is in DataTables. There is a table showing dofferent forms of the Tables.Add Methods. In the table, it shows 4 options and the text describing the entries in the table pretty much matches the table exactly. Then the examples only show 1 of the options and the remaining three options are never further explained or demonstrated.
The other problem I had was that there seems to be no point to the code. You will add a foreign key to a table and the code will add it and then display the name of the key you added. But then it is never used again in he program. There's a lot of how, but not very much why.
Still, I have used this book a few times now as a reference. It is the most complete book I have found so far in showing you how to do something in ADO.NET, so the technical content is very complete.
So, here's the summary. If you're already comfortable with VB.NET or C#.NET and especially if you are moving from ADO to ADO.NET, then I would recommend this book. If you are just starting with .NET programming, start elsewhere and then come back here. At the very least, it makes a good, complete reference to ADO.NET.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Reader who is not happy from Sunny California

I bought his 2001 book and it was OK. I read his reviews and they were not too bad. This is not a SolidWorks 200 book. It doe s not cover the new features that are incorporated into the new release. A big disappointment with the book, like most SolidWorks book is that it almost completely sidesteps the most challenging and potentially rewarding part of using the software: building parts in the context of an assembly (what is often called the 'top down' method). An extra chapter on 'in context relationships', good modeling practices when building parts from inside assemblies, and a good introduction on how parametric relationships can make or destroy your parts would have made this a much better book. Every user who builds from the top down knows the crushing pain of moving a component in an assembly and seeing the feature trees of some or all of his/her components turn red with rebuild errors. I do not recommend this book, unless you are using a very old version of SolidWorks. I now know why I received a 30% discount. You get what you pay for!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Gini Courter, Annette Marquis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Really helpful

This book, in my opinion, is really a suitable book for the professional to do complex in a efficient and effective way. Abundant description explain everything in a clear concepts. So it is time for you to get one if you are really be headache in how to deal with the formulas or graphics, or finalise the reporting.