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The Computer Consultant's Guide: Real-life Strategies for Building a Successful Consulting Career
The Computer Consultant's Guide: Real-life Strategies for Building a Successful Consulting Career
von Janet Ruhl
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 53,44

5.0 von 5 Sternen New to consulting? Don't leave this page w/o ordering this., 8. Juni 2000
This book reflects the input of hundreds of other consultants and contractors around the world. If you use just one of any of the recommendations in this book you will earn back many times it's cost.
If you work through brokers or other agents, it's very likely that this book will save you thousands of dollars on your next contract.
Ever wonder what all those contract clauses mean to your bottom line? Janet will show you. Ever wonder if you really need a formal contract? Ever question your broker's motives? Ever worry that you might be reclassified as an employee by the IRS? Janet will help you with just about every curveball they can throw.
This work also includes a good sample contract that protects your interest. You still need a lawyer for each instance, but you can now go to the negotiating table much more informed, in a much more powerful position.
It's worth it to pick up Janet's other works, too.


Data Modeling with Erwin (Sams Professional)
Data Modeling with Erwin (Sams Professional)
von M. Carla DeAngelis
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 43,85

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good introduction to Logical Data Modelling *and* ERwin., 2. Juni 2000
ERwin users finally have an independent text to use in addition to application documentation.
The work's introduction does a clear job of defining the target audience: "_Data Modeling with ERwin_ is intended for use by novice modelers who are interested in producing quality logical and physical data models using ERwin."
...and it does a good job on the logical side, along with providing a good walkthough of ERwin, specificly ERwin version 3.5.x. Concepts presented are what I would call generaly accepted practices - many organizations follow them with successful results. There are plenty of screenshots of ERwin, as well as data model examples...and it *doesn't* use the common video store sample data model.
Part I, Modeling Concepts, includes a high-level overview of a systems development methdology, albeit of the waterfall approach that is not as popular today. It also covers normalization, a topic that I believe is premature at this point of the work. This overview draws heavily on works by Chen, Finkelstein, and Date.
This text includes Best Practices, Tips, and basic functionality of ERwin. It does not address any workarounds for known problems, which I find to be its greatest weakness. However, if you are new to ERwin the Best Practices, Tips, and Cautions will be a valuable and timesaving resource.
This book is primarily a Logical Data Modelling resource, but it does cover Physical Data Modelling from the ERwin point of view. Only 89 of the 384 pages of the work are devoted to Physical Modelling.
If you are new to data modelling as well as ERwin, you will need additional resources on data modelling to support your new skillset. If you are looking for a resource for managing physical data models and databases, you'll have to rely on ERwin documentation and resources such as the ERwin Users Discussion Group.
If you are an experienced data modeller or ERwin user, this book might not add value to your reading....but it would be great to have around as a resource for others: developers working to understand modelling, DBAs who are looking to understand logical data modelling, and project managers wanting to understand why this modelling stuff is taking so long....[g].


To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design
von Henry Petroski
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,49

4.0 von 5 Sternen A good introduction to this topic, 1. Juni 2000
I have to admit that I am a fan of the author's works, so this review may be biased.
I agree with previously posted reviews here that this work is repetative and covers engineering failures at a very high level. However, I believe that this is an important work for those that do any type of complex design or work with designs.
I am not an engineer -- I'm an information systems professional who believes that professionals should be able to review failures, even those of other professions, to better address risk in future projects. The author does a great job of introducing this concept in this book's preface:
"...I believe that an understanding and appreciation of engineers and engineering can be gotten without an engineering or technical education.... I believe that the concept of failure - mechanical and structural failure in the context of this discussion - is central to unerstanding engineering, for engineering design has as its first and foremost objective the obviation of failure. Thus the colossal disasters that do occur are ultimately failures of design, but the lessons learned form those disasters can do more to advance engineering knowledge than all the successful machines and structures in the world."
Take the word engineering out of the above quote and insert any profession there and the quote still works.
I found particularly erie the background on the Comet, the first commercial jet aircraft. In the the chapter on Forensic Engineering, Petroski tells of a early Nevil Shute novel, _No Highway_, in which Shute tells a very, very similar _fictional_ story about a failed commercail aircraft called the Reindeer. I did not know that Shute was an aero engineer working for de Haviland at the same time as the Comet design. Shute is best known for his work _On the Beach_.
Of interest to other information systems professions is the chapter entitled From Slide Rull to Computer: Forgetting How It Used to be Done.
The bibliography of 11 pages may also be of interest to anyone researching this subject.
This Petroski work is a good introduction in to his other works, as well as the topic of failure analysis....especially if you aren't an engineer.


Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 21 Days)
Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 21 Days)
von Rick Sawtell
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A great place to start, 3. Mai 2000
This work does a good job of showing you how to use the major features of MS SQL Server 7.0. It describes how to install and configure SQL Server, indicating along the way platform-specific constraints and limitations, the implications of configuration choices, as well as recommended settings.
It contains many great examples and screen shots, many from a beta release, but the author is up front about that fact.
I disagree with the preface which says that this book will teach you how to be an SQL Server Administrator. What this book will teach you is how to use the tools and administrator will use which is 50% of what you need to know. The other 50% will come from on-the-job training as well as other less tool-oriented texts in database design, security, and programming.
The cover blurb does better job: Learn the skills and concepts to master SQL Server 7.0 in just 21 days.


The Practical SQL Handbook: Using Structured Query Language: Using Structured Query Langauge
The Practical SQL Handbook: Using Structured Query Language: Using Structured Query Langauge
von Judith S. Bowman
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The title says it all..., 3. Mai 2000
While the title may sound a little flat, it describes prefectly the content between the covers, often a rare treat in the hyped-up technical book sector.
This work is a wonderful introduction to standard SQL, presented in a platform-independent method that is appropriate for introductory texts.
The section on DBMS-specific syntax makes the generic descriptions usable in the real world, so even though you will be learning basic SQL, you will be able to use this knowledge from day one.
I highly recommend this to new SQLers.


The Cider House Rules (Roman)
The Cider House Rules (Roman)
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging...., 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cider House Rules (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
It's always a treat to read a truly engaging work that leaves me wanting an even longer glimpse at the characters. I didn't know how Irving was going to take me into the lives of these characters without depressing me. Yet he did, and did so in a way that left me feeling calm. This book has been a great change of pace from the other mass market works I read.
I also have not seen the film and worry that when I do, I will be disappointed more than usual...I can't imagine how a screenplay can begin to delve into the lives of these complex characters without losing the srongest portion of the story.


The Cider House Rules (Roman)
The Cider House Rules (Roman)
von John Irving
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,60

5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging...., 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cider House Rules (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
It's always a treat to read a truly engaging work that leaves me wanting an even longer glimpse at the characters. I didn't know how Irving was going to take me into the lives of these characters without depressing me. Yet he did, and did so in a way that left me feeling calm. This book has been a great change of pace from my normal mass market work.
I also have not seen the film and worry that when I do, I will be disappointed more than usual...I can't imagine how a screenplay can begin to delve into the lives of these complex characters without losing the srongest portion of the story.


Black Market
Black Market
von James Patterson
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, but not his best, 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Black Market (Taschenbuch)
A re-pub of a previous work, the adventure that Arch Carroll takes us on is thrilling and fast, but not nearly has engaging as Alex Cross's feats. I wasn't sure who I wanted to success here because I didn't have a good understanding of what motivated the characters. I attribute the lack of character development to very short chapters (some fewer than 3 pages) and the need to focus on getting everyone into the sack as soon as possible. If you are a Patterson fan, then by all means purchase this book. If not, then you would be better off choosing one of his later works.


The Millionaire Mind
The Millionaire Mind
von Thomas J. Stanley
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Some great ideas...., 29. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Millionaire Mind (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This text offered some great insight in to how real millionaires (based on net worth, not bank accounts) lead their lives. The assumption is that the millionaire lifestyle is the cause, not the effect, of their riches.
I agree, for the most part, with Stanley's premise -- that the right spouse is a good thing, that integrity will take you farther than deceit, that reduce, reuse, recycle is a good thing, etc. -- but I'm not sure he's made his case that these things lead to riches.
I also was chagrined to find that he equates money with success, often refering to those that chose to work for the social good (teachers, librarians, social workers) as "less successful". Not everyone considers money to be the only criteria for success. However, the value of the types of lifestyle choices he recommends are still considerable, regardless of one's need to generate wealth. I will be giving this as gifts to the young folks in my life.


Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits (Computer Science)
Improving Data Warehouse and Business Information Quality: Methods for Reducing Costs and Increasing Profits (Computer Science)
von Larry P. English
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 81,90

5.0 von 5 Sternen A 'must-have' book for every IRM professional, 29. Oktober 1999
The chapters on estimating your organization's cost of having non-quality data make this book a requirement for every Information Resource Management professional's book shelf.
Larry English is one of the few authors in the industry to show you how to work the numbers when it comes to data quality. While others drop hints at why quality is good, Mr. English tells us how to collect the data and how to calculate the true costs of sub-standard data management practices.
As our profession matures we will be called upon to make more explicit business cases for what we recommend to senior management -- Larry has some great methods for us to use. This will save us months of having to figure it out for ourselves.


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