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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A wonderful book, the best of its kind


This book is chalk-full of useful example code. There are over 600 sample scripts - far more than any other SQL book. The code in the book is worth the price all by itself.
Another thing I liked about the book is Henderson's singular ability for explaining thick technical concepts in a manner anyone can understand. I suspect he is a trainer or professor by trade, but I'm just guessing. He seems to anticipate the kinds of questions readers would ask were they able and answers them in advance. His conversational approach is friendly without being hackneyed. He educates you in a subtle, yet thorough fashion, in the manner you would expect, well, a guru to do.
Bottom line: get this book if you want to become a T-SQL guru yourself.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Robert C. Martin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Catch-22


If you are considering committing your time to reading this book for the sole purpose of learning about the Agile Methodology, then-sadly-your money is better spent elsewhere. Nothing said here about the Agile Process is unique, as it was already repeated over and over again in numerous books, articles, and websites dedicated to eXtreme Programming.
However, this book does offer a very decent rehash of classical design patterns. The case studies presented help to clarify the discussed patterns in context, and are in general a refreshing and modernized version of the examples found in the classical GoF book. If the author had concentrated his efforts on the discussion of patterns, then the book would have easily managed to win my five-star vote. If you aren't properly introduced to the subject of patterns already, then consider this an essential read.
As to the subject of Agile Development, it's a classical Catch-22 situation. The book claims to cover this new cutting-edge and trendy methodology. And indeed, you'll find the mandatory core values and principals chapters, and a sample Pair Programming session. But herein the problem lies: the pair programming session chronicles two highly expert programmers haplessly going through iteration after iteration, page after page, of dull, brain-numbing conversation and mediocre code to write a simple program that is to compute the score of bowling games. Just scale up the experience to a more complicated module in a bigger system, and what you'll have is a development method that no programmer in his right mind would ever consider adopting. Thus, either this is definitely NOT Agile Development, or the whole Agile phenomena is nothing more than a fiasco. I'd personally place my bet on the second possibility.
But by all means, don't take my word for it. Point your browser to [local website]for a realistic and often hilarious critique of XP and Agile Development. If you are contemplation the adoption of any of the aforementioned methods, then you owe it to yourself and to your organization to be more cautious when someone offers you yet another silver bullet to end all your software development nightmares.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IPv6 Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Silvia Hagen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book you need for covering all IPv6 related topics.


I am an engineer who has some know how in IPv6. This book is the best out of what available today in explaining all IPv6 major subjects. Reading this book can give a whole and a clear picture of what is underneath the hood. I used it to read on a topic and only afterwards I referred for the RFC for the details. Other books that I came across do not do a good job as this book is doing. If you want to really understand how things are working in IPv6, this is the book to go!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Design for the 10 %


Over 90% of the browsers surfing the internet are using IE, but this book's examples seem to only work best on Netscape browsers. Although the author suggested many hacks for both IE and Netscape, i.e. the voice-family in page 241 for the right margin hacks on Windows IE. It still doesn't work on Windows XP Pro IE6 sp1. The design concept is great though.