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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
Minasi is the Commandant!!!


I am setting at my desk one night, eyes a bright crimson shade of red, about 3:25 AM, heart about to explode due the massive amounts of caffiene that I had ingested, my hair standing on end after having attempted to pull it out for the last seven hours working on a DNS issue with Windows 2000 Server. I put both of my hands on my chin and my fingers covered my eyes at the moment. I slightly parted my index finger from my middle finger for a second and caught sight of my bookshelf. And then through an extreme blur I could see the big words " Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Third Edition."
Went to the "glorious" DNS section, figured out what I was doing wrong, and was out of there in about 15 minutes.
Do yourself a real big favor folks. If you deal with Win2K in any capacity at all, don't ever be caught without this book!!!!
Rock on Minasi!!!!!



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


Excellent book!!!
I am recommending this book, not only to my students, but espcially to my friends who shy away from scripting/programming books due to excessive use of "jargon". As an instructor, I find that most books turn the reader off by talking over their heads.
The book is written in plain, easy to comprehend English. This is the perfect way to introduce beginners and non-programmers to JavaScript. It's rare to find a book that does not make programming sound like molecular-biology.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
We need to teach this to undergraduates


All too often our undergraduate students are left to learn programming by themsleves. The universities do a very good job of teaching algorithms, theory and special parts of "systems" (compilers, operating systems) but we rarely see any book that guides the student from the introductory courses to more advanced programming.
This is not a book about tricks or tips. It is a systematic exposition of various topics that are needed in practice. This is mmuch more than the earlier "Elements of Programming Style" by K and Plauger. It contains, for example, a chapter on profiling. No doubt every reader will have a list of topics that they would like to see included but the topics that are there are vital and very well treated. I hope that we will be able to teach a course based in part on this book at McGill.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a top win32 programming book, and enjoyable to read as well


I disagree with the negative reviews found here. From someone having dozens of both MFC and non-MFC Windows programming books, Richer's book ranks easily among the top 5. It is a joy to find such clearly written technical book covering some of the most difficult areas of Win32 programming. Anybody doing complex, multithreaded Windows programming -- Even MFC programmers -- would do well to read this book from cover to cover. If nothing else to gain a solid understanding of how things work under the hood. Based on this book, I will confidently buy any other book written by this author.