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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Peter Blackburn, William R. Vaughn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource

This book/cd/ and access to an optional website combine to create an excellent resource that anyone dealing with Reporting Services needs to read.
The book is not a rehash of the documentation provided by Microsoft. It is a terrific top to bottom explanation of:
- how to install Reporting Services
- how to manage Reporting Services
- How to develop for reporting Services
- How to get Reporting Services to do things it doesnt do out of the box.
The attendant CD gives instructions, and a live demo, on how to setup and use SSL on your development web servers. In fact the CD has loads of walkthroughs, some with voice, that provide all kinds of information you need to know to properly configure SQL Reporting Services.
When SQL 2005 comes out I will buy the book these two write.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and Monitor Java Apps
Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
Authors: Mike Clark
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Your team needs this book

This book is a worthy successor to the previous two Pragmatic Starter Kit books. You've got unit testing down. You've got version control processes. But, you're a programmer who is manually slaving over all of these processes not to mention system monitoring, builds, and deployments.

Pragmatic Project Automation gives a wonderful, step by step recipe for automating all of the time-consuming, error-proned activities of a (Java) project. It also instructs and motivates the reader to think in this way, so that future opportunities for automation don't go unrecognized.

This one is a "must have".

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Security Management Handbook, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Are you preparing for the CISSP exam?

On the market there are too few books which cover all the 10 Common Body of Knowledge of the CISSP exam. Get this book if you really need a "comprehansive" study guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Should be mandatory reading

I've been working in the software industry for 12 years now. I believe that a lot of bad practices have been creeping into programming. A lot of code is poorly written, full of "quick and dirty" fixes, poorly structured, and hard to comprehend. The IT industry is not as rigorous as it once was.
This is what Code Complete addresses. It is not a programming primer, it is an discussion of methods that can be used to make code more legible, more maintainable, and less buggy.
If you don't or can't buy the book then absorb this idea from the book: Programming is not the art of communicating with the computer, it is the art of communicating with other programmers who will read your code.