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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Peter Blackburn, William R. Vaughn
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
non-trivial programming

SQL Server 2000 has impressive relational database capabilities, built up by Microsoft in its long struggle with Oracle and IBM. But the size of a real life database and the complexity of a SQL query and of understanding the server's reply are daunting. Thus, Microsoft provides an easier Reporting Services layer, so that you do not need to have expert knowledge of SQL to make intelligent use of SQL Server.

Hence, as an example, the text devotes considerable space to showing the usage of Report Designer Wizards. Quite pretty front end GUIs that hide a lot of complexity. Then there is the Report Manager, to help get summary output understandable to a nontechnical manager.

But while the book shows how these software gadgets do indeed make usage easier, they do not make it easy. This is still a programming book. The heft of which bears testimony to the amount of effort you have to invest in mastering Reporting Services. The programming complexity here tends to be greater than in books on writing macros for Microsoft Word, to cite just one example. (Just in case you are familiar with the latter.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Optimizing Oracle Performance
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cary Millsap
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good analysis

Ground breaking approach. Cary takes the use of wait interface to new level. Very well explained with examples. It is good to see much of the information from many of his whiet papers have been transferred into the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too many mistakes makes this book worthless

The book, and accompanying CD, is riddled with mistakes and typos to numerous to mention in detail. The quick assessments, prep test, and CD tests were particular atrocious. Some examples: decimal used were a comma should be placed, incorrect percentage calculations, images not matching to questions on CD (even after installing a patch), misspellings, words running together, words truncated on CD test.
I wish I had read Amazon reviews prior to purchasing. I literally threw the book and CD in the garbage.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mixed review

On the plus side, the explanations are fairly straightforward (my eyes didn't glaze over like they normally do when I read javascript books). On the minus side, the code in the book sometimes leaves out itty-bitty stuff like semi-colons which will render your code worthless. It's best to go to the site and download the code rather than type in the code as written in the book. Then you won't spend time hitting yourself over the head wondering why your code doesn't work.
I was able to understand what was going on in the explanations, but I wasn't necessarily able to modify code that relied on mathematical random generator formulas.