There is an old saying that good things come in small packages. This saying
definitely applies to this book, which focuses in on a set of functions that
most people are not aware of that are available in SQL Server. To start off
with we need to answer the following question: What are T-SQL Window
functions? These functions have nothing to do with the Microsoft Windows API.
They are in essence a way to create a window into your data as you process
each line in a query. Their strength lies in the ease with which you can
solve tricky queries. The authors also point out that these functions don't
add any new functionality per se as you could create the queries the old way;
however, in general the functions are much more efficient.
One very neat capability of these functions is to allow you to include
non-aggregated columns in an aggregated query, which is a big limitatio... (more)
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers,
how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book.
The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of
CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text styling, image design
elements, navigation, tabular data, forms and user interfaces, CSS
positioning basics and CSS for layout. The topics in each chapter are laid
out in the form of a question followed by one or more solutions and then a
discussion explaining why that solution was offered. Here is an exa... (more)
While this book was designed to be used by Windows System Administrators, any
developer who has ever needed to write a batch (.bat) file will welcome with
open arms the flexibility and power provided by Windows PowerShell.
This book is up to date covering all the way through PowerShell version 5.
There are 24 chapters that cover a wide array of topics. In addition, any
developer who has worked with the .NET framework will enjoy PowerShell, which
is a command-line interface built on the .NET Framework.
Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams Publishing;
Microsoft released VB6 at the start of 1999, which is almost 8 years ago.
It's hard to imagine that there are developers who are still actively using
VB6, but from the blogs and letters to the editors of many .NET magazines
that I have read, it seems that this is truly the case.
Microsoft has stopped creating service packs for VB6 and has announced that
support for VB6 will come to an end sometime in 2008. As a result, companies
will have to make hard choices to either maintain their VB6 applications on
their own or move them to VB 2005. If they plan to move them to VB2005, they ... (more)
There are certain authors whose books I look forward to reading because they
don't just repackage a manual but offer practical real-work examples and
advice. One such author is Scott Mitchell. He has revised his previous
version of this book to encompass ASP.NET 4 . This book is well written and
directed at beginners. If, however, you have the 3.5 version of this book, I
would not recommend this version as there is very little new being offered.
On the other hand, if you are new to ASP.NET, this book is a great
starting-off point to learning the basics of ASP.NET 4
The book is d... (more)