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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
The best book for Windows 2000 Server

This book is very easy to understand. I've read other W2K books and they don't give you as much information. The book is very detailed. I use this as a study guide and a reference. I really like the DNS section. After reading this book, I run my own root DNS server which is great for Exchange Labs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Extreme Programming Installed
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, Chet Hendrickson, Ronald E. Jeffries
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Actually Doing XP? Here's an OK reference

"Extreme Programming Installed" provides information on the practice of extreme programming in your organization. It's meant for those already using XP, rather than a casual reader wanting to get more insight. The confusing writing style and layout of the book make it a difficult cover-to-cover read.
The content is useful, but the chapters are not tied together well, skipping from one topic to another seemingly at random. This causes a great deal of confusion on the part of a reader intent on reading the book sequentially. The detail level varies wildly, from excellent 50,000 foot overviews of concepts, to confusing minute by minute minutia of detailed work. The extremely conversational stream of consciousness tone and constant cross references muddy the points the authors making -- the reader's too busy trying to figure out what they are trying to say. This is a useful reference guide to groups who have already begun to implement extreme programming, but I cannot recommend it to those who want to learn more about this exciting lightweight methodology.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I have two other Javascript books and have used on-line resources from time to time. I found this fifth edition to be a worthy addition. It isn't intended to be the ultimate comprehensive book, nor does it target the advanced scripter who wants the latest in tips and tricks. As it says in the introduction, the authors "concentrate on showing you how to get useful tasks done with JavaScript without a lot of extraneous information." The "Where to Learn More" section directs you to an excellent sampling of on-line resources that more than adequately addresses what you might find lacking in this book.
There are lots of practical examples and there is a companion site on-line where you can check out the examples and access the code for copy and pasting.
Since there are so many different ways to do things with JavaScript, you may or may not like the choices the authors make in the examples but you can't go far wrong imitating their style.
The language is clear and easy for me to understand, which really helps.
Javascript can be really frustrating compared to some other languages because there is zero tolerance for error and the error messages generated are of such little help in identifying the problem. The tips this book offers on debugging are worth way more than the price of the book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A book not to buy

I am a professional web designer and VB programmer. With the release of VB.Net and Visual Studio.Net, I was anxious to jump feet first into the new IDE and language. Having read the Deitel C++ book, I was very pleased to see the similarity in layout and ease of reading.I would easily rate this book, and the Deitel series, as the best programming text books on the market. I have read many others and I am almost always disappointed in the monetary expenditure. These are easily as good, and better in some areas, as the Black Books from Coriolis.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to beginning VB programmers, as well as seasoned VB programmers looking to learn VB.Net.