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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (11 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435449958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435449957
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 26 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,124,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Amazon, this book is currently priced at £19.99. In total this book has 128 printed pages; of these 106 pages are devoted to the 3 units need for a single award AS level in Applied ICT. Even if the material in these pages were very good this represents very poor value.

The first question you may ask is, how can you cram a years worth of study in this very slim volume. The first point I would make is that there is very little content in the syllabus. The second point I would make is that this book contains even less.

The impression I get from reading this book is that it is a commentary of the syllabus. It spends time summarising how you can obtain marks for certain aspects of the assessment, but offers very little content that can be learned outside specifying what you have to do to get marks for this course.

Now, picking on a particular part of the book I will say something about the content - unit 3 (Data handling. This unit is supposed to be about relational database.The bulk of the first 4 pages list what you have to do for this unit and how you can get marks. There is nothing here that explains anything.

The first main section after these listings is 3.1 The use of databases. This is mostly waffle and lists several ways that databases may be used. This also askes the question, what is a relational database? The author fails to answer this question, but instead compares a relational database with a spreadsheet in that a spreadsheet is flat as is a table in a relational database. On page 70 it is stated "A relational database is also a database, but is of a different shape, and it is constructed in a more rigid way". I would say, no. it is not a different shape, it is flat in the same way a spreadsheet is".
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Sadly this is one of many books written not by knowledgeable, motivated authors, but by incompetent line-writers.

To write a book like this, the recipe is simple. You need a contact with a publisher who needs a textbook, fast. A good way of doing that is to have a role in visiting schools and colleges - you need no subject knowledge to do that.

Once a publisher desperate enough has chosen you, you will have an advance, a detailed structure and even some images provided. All you need is to waffle enough to create an illusion for the buyer that the work will help get a qualification. Since you are visiting schools, you can even get others to write copy for you - remember, they depend on your good opinion. So sell your good opinion of their classroom management for a page or two of waffle.

Of course, that doesn't make the book worth reading. But it doesn't matter. Because the authors, from a position of authority, can get enough schools, libraries and colleges to pay for it, or teachers to recommend it. Which makes it financially worthwhile.

In short, if you're in a position to decide whether to use this or not, don't. If your school imposes it to you, do all you can to get an past copy; it will not lack anything.
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Book is ok but the course is discontinued so no point getting it!
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