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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a nice laid out wrox book


I have used dts for a long time but only got to grips with the dts deseigner recently. This is book is very good for the dba who has never tried manipulating dts packages.Good job by the authors.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stephen J. Bigelow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Book


I would suggest this book for general repair or if you are trying for the A+ exam. There are very good test questions that have supporting information for help. I consider this a much have for you shelf of support documention.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Web Application Construction Kit, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Ben Forta, Nate Weiss, Leon Chalnick, Angela C. Buraglia
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hands-down the best CFMX book available


This is the third edition of the "Web Construction Kit" I have purchased (I also have copies covering CF3.0 and CF4.5). The way Ben (and Nate) lay out real-world examples helps visualize the concepts. Many of the examples in the book not only show you how to use a particular tag, but also give additional notes to enhance performance.
I am particularly impressed with the attention they give to the application.cfm file. The previous versions of this book never seemed to fully explain the many uses for the file.
So far the chapters on session scope and security have been a great help, but I am also looking forward to delving into the charts chapter.
I have yet to fully read this book, but I am impressed with the fact that almost 300 pages is devoted to using "Client-side" Java within CFMX.
For anyone wanting to learn CFMX I suggest getting this book. I also own "Inside Coldfusion MX" and Que's "ColdFusion MX Development" and while I like both books, they lack the depth in which Ben goes into with his book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The Best and the Worst C++ Book


This book needs two ratings, one for C++ experts (a 10) and one for beginners (1). If you are starting with C++, get another book. If you know C++, this IS the reference. I find that the book has everything, but it is not organized for beginners. The examples are mostely code snippets and are not complete. The index is poor and not extensive enough.