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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
The perfect computer book

This is the perfect computer book. I think what I like the most is how easily it reads. What a great writer. He makes learning fun. I like the abundance of code to. It's refreshing to read a computer book that's enlightening and a good read at the same time. It makes learning transact-sql so much easier. Thanks for the chapter on Transaction Management. It was worth the price of the book alone (true for most of the chapters in the book - good stuff).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Easy to Follow Lesson Plans

This is an excellent book for learning how to use the powerful tools and features in Illustrator. However, don't expect to find any artistic theory or design tips in this book. This is strictly a point-A-to-point-B instructional book that presents (relatively) enjoyable exercises to learn your way around, and not an ounce more.
The author accomplishes the task of training you in the use of Illustrator. But just as a book on Microsoft Word will not make you a good writer, don't expect this book to make you a graphic design guru. :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent tutorial for people w/ some programming experience

I found this tutorial well laid out and easy to understand. The lessons have a lot of hands-on examples (with no errors in the code!), and move smoothly from simple to more complex concepts. The authors also do a great job of holding the students attention by adding lots of humor to the lessons (one lesson has you feeding a hungry Jabberwock). They also use real life situations to explain complex theories (using trees to explain classes and objects, or using LEGOs to explain Object-oriented programming). A complete novice might find the lessons a little overwhelming, and an experienced C++ programs might find them too basic. But for the other 80% of the population this book is a great learning tool.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Takes you right from the first step

This book takes you right from the beginning to the understanding level.One can enhance his java skills after going thru this book.A must for every new Java learner.