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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An easy to read database design guide.

It's suprising to me to see how many people in the other reviews weren't so fond of this book. Obviously the book puts so much emphasis on asking questions because it's so important to make sure that you start out right from the very beginning. If you've ever had to completely recreate a database before because you made one little mistake in the design, or you didn't feel as though you had a solid understanding of design, this book is a great thing. I certainly would never expect to follow *ALL* of the procedures the author recommends in interviewing, but the book provides a great mindset to set yourself in.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for hands-on ATL

If you have read Don Box's Essential COM, which is a great book covering COM theory, Andrew Troelsen's book will be perfect for you to get your hands wet on COM using ATL. I have personally waited a long time for this book. All the Wrox books on this subject have failed to deliver! Andrew presents ATL in an extremely logical manner. In Each chapter he always starts implementing COM with plain C++ code and then teaches you how ATL makes life easier for you by hidding all the boiler plate code in the template. You can tell that the author has spent a lot of time dissecting and understanding ATL. It seems to me that some of the Wrox authors were rushing things and finally gave us only half-cooked meal.
In my opinion, the time you will be saved from reading the ATL code yourself is well worth the money. Besides, The lab in this book makes you feel like sitting in a training class and this will save you or your company a few thousand bucks.
I also learned some useful VC++ IDE tips in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A poor textbook, and abominable reference.

I have been taking a VB course at a community college with VB-How To Program as the textbook. It has proved very unhelpful in terms of demonstrating how to put together even the simplest VB programs using built in functions and components. The authors do a decent job describing the algorithms used to solve the various problems, but never present information on the key built-in functions and GUI components that are what makes VB a RAD development tool. I am constantly frustrated when attempting to look up a function or component that I need to know how to use to implement a program example. The index is very poor, and the order in which topics are presented in the book is completely unrelated to the order in which you actually need to know them to program in VB. I cannot recommend this book and hope my Community College switches to another one in the interests of future students.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Internet Marketing
Publisher: South-Western College Pub
Authors: Ward Hanson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An Expensive Textbook

I have adopted this book as a required text for an Ecommerce and Marketing course that I am teaching during the Spring 2000 semester at Boston University. The text is well-written and presents a fine blend of theory and practice. Hanson is true to the title of his book as he provides some "principles" that should indeed endure. Given the rapid pace of change in e-commerce, this is commendable. I believe that this book offers a great introduction to anyone who wants to either practice or simply learn about Internet marketing.