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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Biz Stone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Blogging by Biz - It's Great!


As a web technology professional I can't believe I didn't get into blogging sooner. Biz's book brought me up to speed in a weekend. Chapter 2, Quick Start to Creating Your First Blog is a simple, step-by-step introduction to creating a blog at blog*spot and I was up and running in about fifteen minutes. My next project is going to be adding a Bloglet (automatically emails new posts to subscribers). There is one disadvantage to buying this book: you might start over-blogging, it's too easy to update your page once you're all set up. Oh yeah, and the interview with Wil Wheaton is funny. If I lost my copy, I'd buy this book again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Stored Procedures, XML, and HTML (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great XML coverage


The intro to XML in this book is the best one I've seen. In one chapter I went from not knowing anything about XML to how to build some pretty complex documents and style sheets. I appreciate the thought that went into including the intro. Although it is not about SQLXML specifically it helps you understand the SQLXML chapters later in the book.
The SQLXML chapters build on the earlier XML info and helped me get going with SQL Server's XML features. I was especially fond of the templates coverage. These are pretty cool and Henderson explains them in terms anyone could understand.
Something that was also great to read was the .Net chapter. It convinced me that I needed to get into this more than I have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MDX Solutions: With Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: George Spofford
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Advanced Level MDX Book


If you are new to MDX, this book is not going to be an easy read at all. However, it has a very good "MDX Function and Operator Reference" as an Appendix. This reference is indispensable to me when I am writing MDX statements. It is much more usable than the online reference that ships with SQL Server Analysis services.

There is much useful information to be found within its covers if you already have an understanding of MDX. I use this book in conjunction with the "Fast Track to MDX" book. Both books have their strengths and weaknesses and I equally benefited from both.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i RMAN Backup & Recovery
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert G. Freeman, Matthew Hart
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent


Really good intro to RMAN. Works well read in sequence, but if you aren't convinced, I recommend checking out pg. 232 which puts everything together (titled "RMAN Workshop: Get Your Database Backed Up"). I also like the little jokes here and there that keep you awake and smiling...