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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Joe Coca
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Excellent for planning, not so good for daily administration

This is an excellent book when it comes to planning an Exchange 2003 roll out, specially if you are new to exchange or coming from exchange 5.5. It has a chapter on virtually everything you need to know about how to get an exchange 2003 server up and running. In the day to day administration this book is not that good. It lacks detail when it comes to the under hood "stuff ", the how and why of the configuration examples in the book. It gives you enough to get the server up and running, but without knowing exactly how things work it is hard to troubleshoot. If you are looking for a book to study for certification this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you are someone like me that is new to 2003 and AD then this an excellent book to begin with. It is easy to read and well organized.
I would give it 4 stars if it had more on troubleshooting and more real world examples.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An introduction Book

While it was not as informative as some other books. I have never layed eyes on this book yet feel compelled to review it. My dad always told me "idle hands are the devil's play things" Maybe that is why I took LSD when my hands were idle, who knows? But this book I am sure is very good and I hope you read it and get confused because this is not for dummies!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unbeatable Value

This books is bits and pieces taken from several others by the same publisher. I've found several of the examples and subjects useful, including those working with accessing databases including Access files from VB. If you like the style of any of these "chapters" you can find the original text and look for THAT full book. The best feature for programmers of earlier Basic language forms is the Reference at the back listing most of the Basic command functions, with syntax and explanations if not examples thereof. That feature has saved me lots of time. If you know Basic from earlier computers, this book will be helpful on that regard alone, as most books twice its price range omit such a reference guide...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent all around hold'em book!

When I first started playing hold'em online about six months ago I realized that if I didn't study the game I would just become another gambling statistic. Though I like poker I'm risk averse at heart, so I hit the books hard, picking up reading recommendations from the 2+2 forums. The most frequently recommended trinity of hold'em poker books to start with seem to be: Winning Low Limit HOLD'EM [WLLH] (Lee Jones), The Theory of Poker [TOP] (David Sklansky), and Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players [HPFAP] (David Sklansky/Mason Malmuth). I've been through all of these, the latter two several times as they are particularly good.
However good TOP and HPFAP are I felt there was something subtle lacking which made the advice more difficult than necessary to put into practice. Not until I stumbled upon a copy of Matthew Hilger's Internet Texas Hold'em by chance did I realize what it was: hand examples! Remember learning subjects like math? Very difficult to solidify the concepts by simply reading theorems. Most people require the repetition of doing many examples to use the theorems with any facility.
Poker is no different and the "Test Your Skills" sections at the end of each chapter in this book are worth their weight in gold. The "answers" to the examples are perfectly concise and there is no pretension that they are set in stone. You will be challenged just enough to think about each situation without feeling bogged down. For this reason Hilger's book serves as more than just another book on hold'em theory. It is "workbook" that will help you to start thinking through typical hand situations rather than simply memorizing tables of starting hands and odds. Overall, your ability to recall strategies for common hold'em situations will be much better having thought through the carefully chosen examples Hilger presents up front.
For the beginning/intermediate player (I can't really comment on expert players...yet), Hilger's is the best single book on the subject. Make no mistake, Hilger's books is comprehensive enough to take you into the tougher, higher hold'em limits and I envision coming back to it many times in the future for a refresher. In comparison, Jones' WLLH (the most often recommended introductory low-limit text) feels threadbare: very few examples, loose starting hands, and not nearly enough on post-flop play. Do yourself a favor and substitute Internet Texas Hold'em for WLLH in the trinity. You will have to do much less experimenting at the tables and will be well prepared to integrate the topics covered in HPFAP and TOP.