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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is out of date

This book is seriously out of date. It does a great job of covering ASP, ADO, database connectons and so on, but there is only one part of one chapter (6) that covers the use of OLE-DB, Microsoft's newest technology that provides the connection and access methods between ASP web pages and databases. The rest of the book, and all the examples, use ODBC which is the older and now out of date method. ODBC was current at the time the book was written, and Mr. Kauffman does a great job of explaining it. However, it is now being replaced by OLE-DB. Also, if you are using Windows 2000 or XP as your development platform, you do not even have the (built-in) option to install ODBC. Instead, OLE-DB comes native with IIS 5.0 which is included with all versions of Windows 2000. Don't buy this book, unless you're still in the dark ages using Win9x or NT.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oracle PL/SQL 101 is "the book" for learning PL/SQL

Oracle PL/SQL 101 is both instructional and practical. The more I read and perform the exercises, the more confidence I am gaining to do my job and to prepare for the OCP DBA Exam 1. Also, I e-mailed Mr. Allen (his e-mail is located in the Introduction) for the scripts, and received them within 12 hours. Thank you Mr. Allen.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Oracle9i DBA Fundamentals I Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Biju Thomas, Bob Bryla
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

SCRIPT REFERENCE ERROR....On page 148, the reference to an auto control file creation has the wrong script. "DB_CREATE_ONLINE_LOG_DEST_n" is a reference to LOG FILES, not CONTROL files. The answers to review questions on page 179 of the same book confirm my observations. I'm going through the book because I need to teach the contents to adult ed students. Script mistakes are unsat when it comes to computers. Computers don't allow mistakes, and I don't allow authors to make mistakes when referencing scripts or code. On the positive side, this book is miles ahead of Oracle Press simply because the layout is put together better and it flows. That's my assessment. If you want to gloat over praises of the book...etc. read someone else's review. When I get around to writing my own book, it will be better; until then, choose this book when you want to learn basic file creation, moving, configuration...etc. on Oracle 9i. Take care....

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows With MFC
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Book is not for beginning MFC programmers

In the beginning the book is too encyclopedic. There is much more information given than necessary. For example, in the chapter on menues, three methods for getting menus into an application are discussed whereas only one of these methods is widel used. The code examples are more complicated than necessary. For example the font view example is intended to show how to use a list box. It does this, but it also uses callback functions and the windows API function enumfont families which needlessly complicates the example. Something simpler such as putting items into a shopping cart would have done just as well. The chapters on container classes, file I/O, and serialization have no example programs at all. Finally the example used to illustrate document/view architecture has only one view, wheras the entire concept of document/view architecture is intended to support multiple views of a document object. One can learn MFC programming from this book, provided you realize that you don't have to understand everything in chapter two before going on to chapter 3, etc.