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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best intro to SQL!


Ben Forta teaches the concepts, uses, and syntax of SQL in quick easy-to-digest lessons that make you wonder why other authors make learning so difficult. This is the first, and for many people the only, SQL book you should purchase.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book


Not only the technical aspects, but good style as well. Face it, HTML is a simpleton's language compared to real programming languages, and the HTML books I have seen are all fairly simple. This book touches on style, structure, and the technical aspects of the Standard.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise Coverage of Exam Goals


I give this book 5 stars because it does what it sets out to do -- allow you to pass the Network+ exam. If that's your goal, this is the book for you. If, however, you are looking to ace the exam and gain real-world applicable knowledge, you'll be better off augmenting this material with another book.
For study, I used only this book and the "Network+ Training Guide" by Mike Harwood (not knowing that this book is an abbreviated version of that one -- which is definitely is), along with 6+ years in the IT industry to score an 873 out of 900 on the Network+ exam.
So although most of the material presented in this book was review, I found myself thinking, "oh, yeah -- that was covered in one or both of those books" for 95%+ of the questions that I encountered on the exam.
In short, if you've got some experience in IT and just want a book that'll give you an outline of what's expected of you on the exam, this is it. If you need a little more in-depth information, "Network+ Training Guide" by Mike Harwood is for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book.


I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to become more proficient with PhotoShop. Especially beneficial to students beginning in the field of design. Classes move quickly it is easy to fall behind or to feel at a disadvantage because you do not have a firm grasp of the program. With Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book you are allowed to review and repeat lessons until you are comfortable with the lesson. I recommend after the lesson applying what you have learned to an outside project. These self paced lessons give you the benefit of a hands on, learn as you go approach. Extremely beneficial for visual learners!!