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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent examination of NT's built-in script functions


Hill's book is very good.
He provides many examples of techniques not generally known. For instance, how to perform math in a script and create arrays. There are quite a few detailed examples of useful scripts. For instance, there are scripts to automate adding users to NT and editing the registry. There are also discussions of how to use toold from the Resource Kits in your scripts.
This book is a worthwhile purchase for system managers who are trying to maximize their knowledge about NT's built in script functions.
RM



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extremely Helpful


This book ranks among the best I have read with respect to providing a solid, thorough, and useful understanding of its material without assuming the reader has any background in the subject.
The reader quickly learns the overall purpose and usefulness of active server pages and immediately sees actual code and its results. The book provides clear instructions on setting up one's own machine to allow the reader to enter code and watch the results produced in a browser.
Best of all, no background in VBScript or data base programming is needed. The reader naturally learns about these in the course of the text. This is really an excellent piece of work well worth the investment.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent!!!


So far this is the best (if not the only) source for learning how to receive events through remoting. My development problem: notify numerous clients when a record has been inserted into a table. Through what I learned in the In-Depth .Net Remoting chapter I was able to do just that, and in a robust way that can tolerate the disconnection of clients without blowing up the event raising on the server.
There is much useful information throughout the book. I really appreciated the line by line (or should I say node by node) explanation in the Configuration chapter. There is so much good info that I still haven't assimilated everything in this book.
I also found Ingo responsive when I contacted him by e-mail; however, this book is bound to get so popular I wonder if that will continue to be the case.
This is a quality explanation of .Net remoting. It does not just present simple examples, but it illustrates concepts with robustness of architecture in mind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John Kaufeld
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Real Weak!


I had a problem with an SQL query involving joins. According to the index for this book, this book doesn't even cover joins! I about talked myself into believing that Access doesn't support joins, but Access' online help does explain using wizzards to do joins (which this book does not even mention). I needed to do my work in SQL, so the on line help didn't give me an answer, just encouragement. Finally I discoved that I had used a two-word field name, which Access supports, but which SQL does not. When I changed the field name to one word, the SQL query worked perfectly.
I buy these books as resources to allow me to avoid spending an entire day with a simple syntax problem like this. "Access 2000 for Dummies" failed miserably in it's mission. (And it's not as funny as Kaulfield thinks it is, either...).