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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft(r) SQL Server(tm) 2000 Analysis Services Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: OLAP Train, Reed Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very well done


The book covers Analysis Services quite well if you are willing to go through the steps that they have for each section. As the name implies it steps you through examples and is NOT a reference guide by any means. It is also not a step by step guide that you can just read. You must be working through the examples while you read or you will get lost pretty fast because many examples build on previous ones. Their coverage of MDX is fairly weak unless you need exactly what they query on. Other than that they cover the topics pretty well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb!


I can't believe there were a couple people who reviewed this book low. This is the best book I've seen for getting started. It will take you a long way. For beginners a a sample guestbook utility would have been nice but this book does cover a lot of material. Some of it may even get a little too in depth for people just wanting to write basic servlets. All in all I was very pleased with this book as I bought it at a time where there wasn't much out there on servlets and it got me going. I still don't see a lot of literature out there on the subject so if you want to write servlets this is the book for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML, XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and More
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Skonnard, Martin Gudgin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top-Notch Reference Material


This is the most useful XML technology reference I've come across. I do own several books on this stuff ( including the droning and disjointed Professional XML from Wrox ), and this is the only one I ever need to take off the shelf.
This is a concise and tight little reference book; examples are present, albeit short ones they do get the point across. The book's layout and organization make it easy to find information, and the typesetting offers enough contrast to let you scan a page quickly to locate the information you need. There is just a little background information on each technology - probably not enough to bootstrap yourself into a project without at least a little XML knowledge under your belt. It's a reference book, so if you already know what XML ( or XML-Schema, SOAP, SAX, or the DOM ) is you'll get the most leverage off of this book.
Overall a great book to own if you're working on XML-related projects - especially if you've got a basic understanding of XML technologies and don't require the slow pace most books use to ease you into the technology like a old man getting into a bath. :)
Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
cisco press finally gets it right!


This book is excellent from cover to cover. Topics ranging from basic switching theory to advanced cisco switch configuration are covered in a clear and easy to read manner. And, the book is not riddled with typos, errors, misprints, and mistakes like almost all of the other cisco press titles. You get quality *and* quantity with this one - over 800 pages of useful information.