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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for beginner to advanced level SQL

This book is a must for any developer whether you are writing queries, stored procedures as a programmer or tuning as a DBA. The book is filled with code examples and the accompanying disk has a ton of examples that you can use. It's easy to follow and having the real world examples helps to clarify important points. Ken has written a superb technical book that is a must for anyone that is serious about taking their programming to the next level and become a TSQL guru. Thanks Ken!!!!!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in the Key of C#
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
disappointed with the book

I found a number of mistakes, both in code, and in printing. The book is absolutely for novices. I breezed through the entire 41 chapters of the book in just one weekend. And yet it lacks many details, even those which I consider basic, and should have been covered. I really think, with all due respect to the author, that he bombed it this time. Nothing is treated in completeness. The material the book provides can easily be had for free from a number of tutorials on the internet, if you type c# tutorial in google. I just liked the first four paragraphs of the first chapter, because they show my sentiments of being a programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A solid collection of information, a worthwhile read

As a candidate to attempt the CISSP examination, this book is a good starting point. Written by a clear, easily understandable style, candidates of CISSP may find it extremely useful. You should have this and read this first before further reading the ISMH (fourth edition) and SRV (theory & practice).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Peter Rob, Carlos M. Coronel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent contents, however, too much strain on the eyes.

Designing databases is hard work and involves a lot of thinking. This books makes it easy. It's very explantory, uses real-life examples, and encourages the reader to do some studying on his own. However, I have to deduct one crown...the book would be even better if it came with a CD-ROM. Typing all examples by hand into my PC may be the right (and hard) way to learn, but it's tiring.