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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book gets into the nuts and bolts of day-to-day tasks that a SQL Server admin goes through. It's a great reference book to keep on your desk and close to you at all times.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process Made Easy: A Practitioner's Guide to Rational Unified Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Per Kroll, Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Hands-On RUP Book

"RUP Made Easy" is the best book available for anyone trying to learn how to actually do RUP. "The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction" by Kruchten (3rd Ed.) does a better job of explaining the principles behind RUP, but the problem with "An Introduction" is that it does not explain how to actually do anything. "Made Easy", on the other hand, is filled with lots of practical examples. I usually recommend "An Introduction" for senior managers within the organization who need to understand why we are using RUP; but for the project managers, analysts and developers who are doing the actual work I always recommend "Made Easy". "Made Easy" is also the book I am most likely to turn to for reference when someone asks a question about RUP.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Java 2, Volume 2: Swing (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David Geary
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Complete Guide to Swing for Serious JAVA Developers

This Book is not an introductory book, but for serious JAVA Developers who wants to know all about Swing features. It gives complete information about Swing's UI, the JComponent class, diff between lightweight and heavyweight component, Look and Feel features etc.... I would definetly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn everything about SWING. However this book requires some knowlegde of AWT, but this is not a must. I can't wait for David Geary's book on Advanced Swing which is due in Dec 2001.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A miserable book

This book was 50% off at my local book store, and now I know why. This book only has enough concrete information for a 200-page book. The rest is filled with trivial examples, simple concepts which should take one page padded to twenty, and baseball statistics - lots of baseball statistics. How did this book ever get a 4-star rating?
Well, I'm off to find a good XML book. Please, do not buy this book, no matter what the discount!