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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
This is good stuff


So many of the books on SQL server seem to be by people who know less than us working DBA's and developers. This is the real stuff. Excellent, and thank you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
EXCELLENT INTRO FOR BEGINNERS


This is the second book I buy from the "Missing Manual" series (the first one being "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual"), and I keep buying them for a good reason: They're written in such a way that they make even hard or boring concepts easy to understand.
Armed with this book you will be able to start building web pages and entire sites with pictures, links, interactive forms, CSS, JavaScript Behaviors and, most important, clean HTML and XHTML.
The only thing to keep in mind is that in order to work through the tutorials you need an Internet connection. However, once you're online downloading the files is REALLY easy and the files are so small that you can store in floppy disks! (if you want to).
If you want to enjoy learning Dreamweaver MX'04, get this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java(tm)2: A Beginner's Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt, Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book to Learn Java


This is an excellent book to learn Java. The presentation is great. The book has been divided into 12 modules, which really organizes it. It's really intended for people without any OOP programming experience. I would highly recommend it to everyone trying to learn Java.I had previously purchased Deitel and Deitel's Java book and got frustrated with it. This book really did the job for me.The examples are very easy to follow and don't leave the reading looking around to figure what the author is talking about.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jef Raskin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent - but dont take his ideas as gospel!


This is possibly the most rewarding UI book I have read. I say that because it takes a constructive approach - actually suggesting novel solutions to problems rather than just stating that "the mouse is dead", "menus are passe" etc. The latter style frustrates, as its obvious the author doesnt have any better ideas (or if they do, they're not willing to share them!).
The other good thing about Raskin's book is that it encourages the reader to think about their own solutions to common UI problems.
This second point is where my caveat comes in. Raskin's suggestions prompted my own creativity because his are so extreme! Resist the temptation to take Raskin's suggestions as gospel. I think they intended more to stimulate debate over UI elements we take for granted.
Those of us who have used computers since the early 80s (or earlier) might be tempted by Raskin's rather zealous "back-to-the-good-ole-days" ideas, such as dedicated function keys on the keyboard (he's very big on these) - but I don't see the 21st century PC novice warming to such ideas.
Of course, if you disagree with Raskin's ideas, it means you're thinking about UI design, so you're getting your money's worth!