Archive for December, 2007

Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005: Query Tuning and Optimization

Monday, December 3, 2007

sql.jpgBy Kalen Delaney

Dive deep into the internals of query tuning and optimization in SQL Server 2005 with this comprehensive reference. Understanding the internals of SQL Server helps database developers and administrators to better create, access, and effectively process information from enterprise data. Written by experts on SQL Server, this volume from the Inside Microsoft SQL Server series of books focuses on query tuning and optimization. You’ll take an in-depth look at the best ways to make queries more efficient and effective, while maximizing existing resources. Includes extensive code samples and table examples to help database developers and administrators understand the intricacies and help promote mastery of query tuning and optimization.

Key Book Benefits:
• Provides deep background information that helps developers build and optimize more-responsive databases
• Delivers practical guidance and best practices for using tuning and optimization features in SQL Server 2005
• Features numerous code samples and table examples

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Illustrator CS3 Bible

Monday, December 3, 2007

illustator.jpgBy Ted Alspach

The new CS3 version of Illustrator is light years beyond previous versions, and whether you’re a novice or veteran designer, you’ll want to get quickly up to speed on this powerful new tool. With clear explanations and plenty of examples, Adobe insider Ted Alspach reveals the secrets on how to best use Illustrator CS3 for Web graphics, integrate it with the rest of the Creative Suite, work in 3D—and above all, why it’s such a radical step up from CS2. Tap the power of Illustrator CS3 for your projects with this in-depth guide from an industry expert.

  • Use Live Color to get color options you never had before
  • Integrate Illustrator CS3 seamlessly with Photoshop and Flash
  • Quickly start new documents with preset profiles
  • Work easily with transparency, fonts, styles, and effects
  • Get more out of Illustrator with hundreds of tips and tricks
  • Learn about scripting and Web graphics generation for online design

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IBM On Demand Technology for the Growing Business: Building a Flexible Infrastructure for Today and Tomorrow

Monday, December 3, 2007

ondemand.jpgBy Jim Hoskins

A guide to the many new IBM solutions recently made available to accommodate the needs and budgets of even the smallest business, this book will help new companies as they migrate toward the On Demand business model. (Description from

Exploring IBM eServer xSeries, 12th ed.

Monday, December 3, 2007

eserver.jpgBy Jim Hoskins, Bill Wilson, and Ray Winkel

Introducing the brands of Intel-based IBM computers, this guide shows how to integrate these systems into business for greater efficiency, productivity, and overall business management. Written for nontechnical users, the most current xSeries information is included. Differences and uses for the assorted computers are detailed, as are the latest peripherals, software options, and networking issues. Guidelines for choosing operating systems to fit business needs are also discussed. (Description from

Exploring IBM eServer Series: the Instant Insider’s Guide to IBM’s Family of UNIX Servers, 12th ed

Monday, December 3, 2007

ibm.gifBy Jim Hoskins and Robert Bluethman

The eServer pSeries is IBM’s strategic family of UNIX computers. This updated overview and reference discusses the latest pSeries models, options, disk storage, printers, tape drives, UNIX operating system enhancements, e-business software, displays, network stations, and much more. Also addressed are business issues such as leasing versus purchasing, maintenance strategies, cost justification, and office ergonomics. Hypothetical case studies of small, medium, and large businesses illustrate how to solve real business problems with pSeries solutions. (Description from

Encyclopedia of Internet Technologies and Applications

Monday, December 3, 2007

encyclopedia.jpgMario Freire and Manuela Pereira

Discussing the architecture and service technologies of the World Wide Web, this reference tool provides a wealth of information for the average Internet consumer, as well as for an expert in the field of networking and Internet technologies. (Description from Books 24×7)

Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 to Create Presentations that Inform, Motivate, and Inspire

Monday, December 3, 2007

powerpoint.jpgBy Cliff Atkinson

Transform your presentations-and boost your impact-with practical, easy-to-apply techniques for using PowerPoint 2007. Author Cliff Atkinson is a presentation-skills expert who is helping revolutionize the way Fortune 500 companies design and deliver their critical presentations. Even major news media reported the contribution of Cliff’s techniques to a verdict in a high-profile trial. In his highly-regarded, popular book BEYOND BULLET POINTS-now fully updated for PowerPoint 2007-Cliff shares his innovative three-step method that helps you unlock the amazing story buried in those bullet-riddled slides. He guides you, step by step, as you discover how to combine the tenets of classic storytelling with the power of projected media to create a rich, engaging experience. With easy-to-use templates, advanced tips, and plenty of illustrations and examples, you’ll learn techniques to help you clarify, visualize, and present your ideas so that your audience will remember your important message. This newly revised, popular guide now includes a CD with sample PowerPoint 2007 files and graphics.

Key Book Benefits:
• Goes beyond “how-to” and features innovative, easy-to-apply techniques to help you clarify, visualize, and present your ideas
• Written by a leading presentation-skills consultant and popular author
• Includes information on graphic design and delivering presentations online
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Adobe InDesign CS3 Bible

Monday, December 3, 2007

adobecs3.jpgBy Galen Gruman

Publish anything in print or online—here’s the whole story

Whether you’re designing a complete book, creating an eye-catching ad, or producing your own newsletter, InDesign can make the job easier and more professional. More than a software how-to, this essential reference guides you through the complete process of publishing a document from start to finish. If you’re a veteran of previous versions, here’s the fast track to every upgrade; if you’re a recent InDesign convert, everything you need to get going is right here.

  • Develop stunning layouts using the new lighting effects
  • Create flexible business documents with text variables, TOCs, and more
  • Apply rich formatting to text and tables with enhanced style and typography tools
  • Build Web pages and eBook files to refine in your Web editor
  • Simplify workgroup operations with InCopy

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Adobe InDesign CS2 Bible

Monday, December 3, 2007

indesign.jpgBy Galen Gruman

Intended for professional designers, this guide walks through the process of laying out a document with the latest version of the InDesign desktop publishing application. Naturally, the largest section is devoted to working with text, but other sections address objects, graphics, output, and specialty publishing techniques. The appendices identify what is new to InDesign CS2, and offer advice on switching from QuarkXPress or PageMaker. (Description from

Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Bible

Monday, December 3, 2007

cs3.jpgBy Robert Reinhardt and Snow Dowd

Two of the savviest Flash experts in the industry show you how to add impact to your Web content. Robert Reinhardt and Snow Dowd know all the techniques and tricks — and they take you under the hood in this one-stop total reference guide to Flash CS3 Professional. Follow their tutorials, learn from cool examples, and discover insider secrets you won’t find in any other book. Don’t miss the special 16-page color insert loaded with spectacular examples. (Description from