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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sybase SQL Server 11 Unleashed
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Jeff Garbus, David Solomon, Bennett W. McEwan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the only book about Sybase DBMS you need.

The book covers generally all aspects of Sybase SQL Server using in real life. It is outdated a bit (SQL Server version 11 already isn't latest release of Sybase DBMS), but, in my opinion, it is still the best book for any serious Sybase database administrator or programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not very thorough

If you are looking for a brief overview of everything, this book is for you. An developer/administrator looking for detail on any one topic will not find much use for this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely the best and most fun place to begin

I started reading A+ Certification For Dummies then read some of Exam Cram and Upgrading and Repairing PCs Eighth edition for extra info. The Dummies book is by far the best book to get started despite a few errors in the text and CD - it's so fun and easy to read. I am glad I read other material covering DVM use and Dos/Win though.
I don't work in the computer field but I've always enjoyed wrestling with computers when they acted up. Today, I passed the Core Test with 95%, the DOS/Windows with 90% and 100% on Customer Satifaction (I know, I'm bragging). Heck, I may convert my hobby into a career thanks to the Author and the Dummies crew!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Kevin Loney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
from the author

For those who have seen the prior editions of this book:

The new version is 47 chapters plus the Alphabetical Reference. New chapters include:
Installing Oracle 10g
Upgrading to Oracle 10g (from 9i)
Using the regular expression functions (REGEXP_LIKE, REGEXP_SUBSTR, REGEXP_INSTR, REGEXP_REPLACE)
Using Virtual Private Databases
Using DataPump Export and DataPump Import
Using Flashback Version Queries
Flashback Table (via the Recyclebin)
Flashback Database
Writing dynamic PL/SQL
Case Studies in performance tuning
10g AS
Grid Management

Additionally, the older chapters have been revised to include coverage of features such as ASM, the Quick Tune options, dynamic memory management, new functions and commands, datatype changes, data dictionary changes, and much much more.

-Kevin Loney.