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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Reads like a good mystery.

One of the most exciting books about the Internet I've ever read. It's an inspiration for anyone with an interest in the hive mind. I've sent copies to my twin sons, who are inveterate hackers (the Wacko Cracko Brothers.) A plus of this book is it's ramifications for those of us involved in setting corporate strategies. It reveals how chaos is a fact of modern life that must be received openly and acted upon with dispatch. Another good book about this is Kevin Kelly's "Out of Control."

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Solid - Great for beginners too

This book is substantial. If you are new to Win2K Server, this book will provide you with enough handholding to get you up-and-running. If you manage Win2K servers as a job, you could live off of this book. Our technicians have this title as part of their toolbox.
The author writes in a clear, easy-to-read manner and deals with all of the important subjects. RAS is especially well documented.
The information is also very easy to find and well illustrated, making this book a valuable reference when you are knee-deep in problem solving.
So far, this is one of the best titles on the subject

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best language tutorials I've read

The key purpose of a tutorial is to teach you the language, and in this case to then show you how to use the language to build applications. The topic of .NET is very large, but Liberty provides an excellent explanation of every significant aspect of C# specifically, and then he applies it to creating applications and using the .NET Framework.
This book is divided into four parts (three in the book and then one on his web site).
Part I is a solid, comprehensive, well written tutorial in the language. He covers it all, but he does so in a way that is clear and understandable. Advanced concepts like delegates are explained carefully and illustrated with meaningful examples.
Part II is a brief introduciton to programming with C#. He covers ASP.NET (which he covers in more detail in his ASP book), Windows Forms (is there a book on this coming?) ADO.NET and Web Services. The latter two are introduced here but expanded on in his ASP.NET book.
Part III goes beyond the language to show how C# is used with the .NET Framework, and this part alone is worth the cost of the book.
C++ and Java programmers will find part I easy going, C and VB programmers will work harder. Part II is just an overview, and part III is simply terrific.
The final part is the extensive support Liberty provides on his web site. Not only does he offer a FAQ and errata, but he has a link to a discussion group where he answers questions about the book!
Finally, the writing is excellent, the examples terrific and the overall quality of this book superb. O'Reilly continues to produce excellent books and this is no exception.
I highly recommend this book, unless you have no prior programming experience at all, in which case you might prefer to start with his other book, Learning C#.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Idea Kit (Idea Kit)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Lisa Matthews
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Trial of PE3

For the gentleman who post the review below about not getting a trial version of the software with the book, others who are wishing to try it out do not need to look elsewhere if their copy does not come with a trial version. One can simply go to adobe's website and download any of their products for a 30 day trial period! - I personally do not own these book, I own two of Scott Kelby's books, I highly recommend those and purchasing PE3.0 it is a very powerful consumer-level digital photo editing tool and much more!

***** I had to rate this item to post this message, Please disregaurd my rating as I have not read this book Thank you.*****