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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Critical reference to understanding and using PL/SQL

Excellent book, comprehensive coverage of the material and well written -- not a five minute read. Skipping around as opposed to a cover-to-cover approach can be done but continuity is lost as well as some dependent ideas. His coverage of PL/SQL Tables (arrays) is cumbersome; and devoid of any treatment of parallel array structures which are required coding technique in Oracle's rdbms before PL/SQL 2.3. The on-site bible of every technical Oracle Consultant, it misses only one thing from Oracle's Osborne series equivalent and that is treatment of Oracle's OCI.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Mongan, Noah Suojanen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fun book

This is a fascinating book that has a lot of challenging (and fun) puzzles. They were all gleaned from actual programming job interviews with companies such as Microsoft. This book will make you less stressed out for your next interview... it'll prepare you!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Andy Wigley, Mark Sutton, Rory MacLoed, Robert Burbidge, Stephen Wheelwright
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best .NET book I've read

I bought this book from Amazon once it's just published. Perhaps i have a high expectation on it, the book dissapointed me a bit.
Though the book did covers most of the topics on mobile application development, but it goes too shallow and not much of sample codes. Some of the important topics are just covered briefly and zero sample codes for it.
But well, I recemmend this book if you want to have an understanding of .NCF and a quick start. It's a good book!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brain Candy

Every now and then there is a book that absolutely captures the imagination. "As the Future Catches You" clearly caught me. The writing style is more like poetry than prose, but works very well. Rather than sorting through detailed text, Enriquez hits you with bullet point after bullet point to get his message across. Loaded with facts, insight and some futuristic dreaming which you become convinced is more reality than dream, the book fascinated me from start to finish.
I think Enriquez is absolutely correct in his assessment of the critical importance of knowledge in the future. He focuses on genomics as the main wave, but certainly points out the importance of the data technology wave. The one wave that is missing is the demographic wave of the rapid aging of the Western world. That force, I believe, only further validates his arguments for the importance of knowledge and the dangerous ledge upon which Europe is perched.
Europe is fighting the genomics wave and is about to be overwhelmed by the demographic wave. An interesting follow up to Enriquez' work would be the future of Europe.
Great book. Captivating and thought provoking. If you want a glimpse of the future, get this one.
My only complaint is what appears to be a mixing of some financial facts. Comparing Microsoft's market capitalization to the exports of Latin American in a given year is comparing wealth to income. It seems this is done often, but the points being made are still valid.