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Good summary on databases - hated the god stuff,
This review is from: PostgreSQL 8 for Windows (Database Professional's Library) (Paperback)
I want to understand postgres and databases and perhaps do a system set up on windows This is a great book for that. It has an excellent introduction in a fairly non-technical way to what can be a very dry subject(i know - i have a few other unread books on databases). Once past introduction and installation it falls back to the fairly standard format of list of commands and what they do. The first 2 chapters gets 5 stars and i'd give the rest of the book 4 stars since it matches other similar books as a good reference and it does focus on windows, a product area most open source experts seem to treat with disdain.
So why only 3 stars ?
I do not understand why publishers of supposedly fact based books allow multiple dedications to imaginary supernatural beings. Firstly it probably makes the book un-sellable in territories where they believe in equally false but alternative imaginary beings and secondly I really did not want to buy this book because of the sanctimonious dedications.
Only the excellent first chapter got me past that but i still have some regrets about supporting such outdated beliefs in any way.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2008 11:55:52 BDT
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Mr. Philip Hackett says:
A belief in God is not so much out of date, but more out of fashion. Let's remember that it's impossible to prove the existence of God, or the non-extistence. Both stances are faith based. That's not to say you can't collect evidence for one position or the other, but no amount of evidence ever amounts to absolute proof (this applies to any belief). You may interpret the evidence one way, but somebody else may interpret it another (and perhaps have access to evidence that you don't). There's always an alternative explanation (we've all seen The Matrix, right?). What never goes out of date is logical, honest thinking, an examination of the motives behind why you believe what you believe, a striving for the impossible goal of objectivity and a humble understanding that none of us have all the ends tied up, or ever will have.
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