40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Despite the title, I found little about the art of composing music in this book. Rather, it is mainly about Sibelius 5 notation software. I have noting against Sib5, I have used Sibelius for some time already but I consider it an alternative to paper and pencil, albeit a very versatile alternative. I really was looking for something more on the creative uses of software such as Cubase. The author does include a chapter in which he provides brief introductions to several of these software programmes but I didn't find what I was seeking on their creative use in composing music. Even when he speaks about Sibelius, the 'composing' element tends to be doing notation exercises on the example… Read more
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I needed an introduction to SQL and I found it 'par excellence' in this book. SQL is covered in great detail from its origins to its practical use in databases.
The example given were always clear, and accurate. The authors cover variants of SQL as implemented by several large database manufacturers. I didn't find that aspect to be useful to me because I am using MySQL which is not one of their specific cases.
However, I was able to use the examples in so far as MySQL itself complies with the standards.
Particularly appreciated although not strictly an SQL matter, was the chapter on designing databases which, in the spirit of the book, was entirely practical.
Since starting… Read more