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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really helpful step by step approach

I have used many Flash training books but this is the best. My hat off to the authors. Examples work, are useful and very easy to do, even for a designer like me who is code-phobic! And you can see quick results.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

The "Advanced CORBA Programming with C++" is a good book. It covers in-depth the memory management, CORBA, as well the potential reasons for possible crashes. In the software development process, software architects, software designer and software developers should read this book. The only leak I found is the chapter about multithreading. It would be nice if in the next edition, the authors will cover in-depth also this subject. Thanks for this book. Romain Cloos; MSc Computer Science; Société Européenne des Satellites

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Answers Questions

This book consistently answers questions I've been asking. How refreshing. This is a good investment for anyone who wants to go beyond the GUI.
It's Mike.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's SQL for SQL Server
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Bryan Syverson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Starting Point, Great Reference

SQL for SQL Server is a book that should be on every developer's bookshelf. It would be a great tool to have in the Administrator's library as well, though it is more language-specific than adminstrative-task oriented. The book starts with language elements, then moves through database design and implementation issues and finally on to "advanced SQL skills" - much of which is oriented to working with a larger SQL Server implementation with pre-existing code, views, tables, etc.
There is good information on backups, restores, things like that, but my opinion is that the book is so much more a reference on the language and implementation than the administration of SQL Server - that's where the completeness of the coverage is really what makes it unique. For example, if you want to understand the CASE and COALESCE functions - it's covered with narrative and direct examples of the usage. CONVERT, CAST, UNIONs, are more examples.
This text is one that you can put on the shelf and refer to whenever you get stuck with a function/syntax issue. Combined with Books Online, you'll be set.
One thing I would like to see more of is an explanation of the gotchas, with some workaround ideas. It would be great to have a mix of SQL for SQL Server, SQL for Smarties and the tidbits from Sharon Dooley's Essential SQL Server 7 book.