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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Basic Book

It is a good book for a novice .If you have some experience in Exchange 2000 , this book is not 'the choice'.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
great book.

With miminal knowledge of C and none of other "PC" programming languages, I found this an excellent way to get started with Java. As an AS/400 specialist, I needed to learn at least the basics in order to work in VisualAge for Java. I have six other Java books, but they all put me to sleep. Not Bruce! I am very impressed with his publication methods. I downloaded the book, printed the entire file, and thought it was so good, I bought it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Guide but lacking useful information

Ok first off THIS BOOK RULES!! It helped me a lot when i got stuck and didnt know wha to do. Even though it did give away a little to muchof the story i didnt care.. i had already beat the game about a bah-zillion times

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, But Not That Good

I bought this book because of all the hype reviews. But after having read it, I didn't find the book that good.
This book is like another version of the Book Online documentation with fancy wordings inserted here and there to take up space. Also, I find the author's writing style difficult to comprehend. Phrase like "In this chapter, you will explored the ubiquitous, omnipotent Transact-SQL...". Gee, since when sql programming have to be written in POETIC language?
I find this book boring to read after a while - lots of fast forward reading to find the BEEF! This book contains tons of code samples, but many of them dealt with trivial materials unfortunately (in my opinion); and having to compile these trivial materials can only strain your eyes and focus.
Though there are some very good chapters in this book. Chapter 6 on the SELECT statement is very good. It covers a wide range of scenarios, such as sub-correlated and alias queries, plus some new features of Transact-SQL. Chapter 16 on performance is also good. Finally, chapter 18 on Full-Text search is excellent. Clear and concise, straight to the point with clean code examples. Also, it pointed out some very important issues.
I don't regret buying this book at all. Infact, this book does contains some valuable tips that will no doubt elevate your sql programming skill. Unfortunately though, you will have to do a lots of filter reading to extract those goodies.