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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2003 Programming Weekend Crash Course
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Jennifer Reardon, Lawrence S. Kasevich, Diana Reid, Phuc V. Phan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
"Crash" on page 10

After downloading the CheckWriter DB from Wiley's companion site for the book Access 2003 Programming Weekend Crash Course, I try and try but it will not run; it cannot find the linked files; and the "tools" for reference and linking are greyed out. So we "Crash" on page 10. How can the author claim he is teaching us Professional Techniques when his program will not run out of the box?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Intro to web design

Usually learning something new on the computer requires that you purchase more than one book on the subject. I purchased a number of books on web design and html programing with the idea of developing a small web site for a small business. But "Learning Web Design" may be the only book you need to get started, expecially if you plan on using a Web authoring program such as Dreamweaver or FrontPage. Learning Dreamweaver MX will be much easier now that I have been introduced to html and the do's and dont's of web design. This book is very attractively laid out and written in a clear manner. Thanks Jennifer! Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Blast From the Past

Most books on JavaScript are packed with examples of how to do several simple tasks. Kinda like a cookbook; you can make several different individual items, but there's very little or no guidance at all on how to make a nice dinner or meal made up of several items that blend nicely. Or, more importantly, no explanation of *why* certain items should go together and others should not.
An average teacher shows you "how" to do it; a great teacher tells you "why" it's done that way.
"JavaScript For The World Wide Web" tells you "why" JavaScript works the way it does, and points you to several web sites that further clearly explain it's finer points.The examples are very informative and cover a wide range of situations and techniques.Each chapter is full of easy to understand examples, and the appendix that covers the JavaScript object table is a gold mine all by itself.
The best part about this book is that you are shown how to write cross-broswer compliant JavaScript that isn't huge and confusing.
This book is so important to me that I keep it next to my PC, right beside my O'Reilly JavaScript book (the one with the rhino on the cover).
If you have never programmed a line of code in your life, this book will help get you started.
Don't be afraid of writing code that won't work; there's lots of places on the WWW that are full of experienced programmers willing to help.
This book is great place to start. :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SELECT * FROM this one

If you aim to be a DBA the first thing you should do , before reading a specific DB Vendor book, is to read something about general database aspects like data integrity, security, performance etc.
This one does the job. After reading the book I was quickly able to dive into Oracle ( and now a DBA ).
But ( a commercial trick ) the book doesn't provide ( as promised in cover ) is detailed information on every main DB brand. But we all know this is not possible within a book, even at this size.
Tough, who cares?