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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia ColdFusion MX: Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Kevin Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An advanced book for an advanced application


Warning! If you are not familiar with OOP coding, or have weak HTML skills, do not start with this book.
That said, as usual, Macromedia has produced a book that opens doors to tools making one of their already awesome programs even better!!
I will let others go through describing chapter by chapter what makes this book so helpful. I did want to be sure to warn off anyone looking for a beginning book on ColdFusion. If that is what you need, starting with Dreamweaver MX: Training from the Source or The Web Application Contruction Kit (Fourth Edition) is very thorough. ColdFusion MX: Training from the Source will make much more sense once you understand how and why it works the way it does.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for SVR4 and Solaris 7 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
great in parts, a lot of filler


This is one of two unix books I recommend. Each have their own strengths.
In UNIX IN A NUTSHELL, the shell sections are great--you get enough about common features, then the unique parts of csh/ksh/sh, with a few nice examples thrown in.
The dictionary of commands is super--though if you don't know what you are looking for you won't find it. (in this case, try UNIX POWER TOOLS, it has a GREAT index) One way to use the dictionary is to just read through it now and then and let the commands sink in to your brain over time, another is to kind of hunt through, speedreading-style.
The big waste of space are the sections on troff and nroff and other ancient utilities that haven't been used in years (modern humans use perl). They appear to have been put in to take up space. Overall though, the book is great to have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert One-on-One Visual Basic .NET Business Objects
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rockford Lhotka
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Distributed Apps for the masses


This is by far one of the best .net books ever written. Lhotka manages to bring together all the pieces of .net and show how they can be put together and deployed in the real-world. I truly believe that this book should be issued with visual studio. If you want to build scalable multi-tier apps, buy this book. You won't regret it.
P.S. Get this book while you can! Its ashame that the publishing company Wrox went under and its titles were liquidated to several smaller companies. Currently, Wiley has the wrox name, but they only bought rights to like 30 of the 300 titles.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Gsm (The Artech House Mobile Communications)
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Siegmund Redl, Matthias K. Weber, Malcolm Oliphant
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Can be better


This book is a good entrance to the GSM world and can still serve as a quick handbook for GSM.But the main problem is with the additional unnecessary text that some times can distract the reader away from the technical point being explained.