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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Quick checkup ok, Trying to learn no way

If you are trying to learn java this is not the book for you, but if you need a quick lookup that this book may help.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
WARNING: Make sure you have at least the VB 6.0 product

Good general information, but not very detailed on any one subject. Good read if you are interested in many areas of VB programming but don't want to buy ten different books. After reading one section, if you are still interested, then you know to buy the full book on that one subject.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
First book on XSLT is an excellent reference

This first and as of yet only book that focuses entirely on XSLT is an excellent reference, and a must have for XSLT newbies and advanced users alike.
If you're just starting with XSLT, this book will explain the basics, guide you through the more difficult concepts, and get you started quickly.
If you're an intermediate or advanced XSLT programmer, this book is the reference you've been missing up till now! Four chapters listing XSLT/XPath elements, expressions, functions, and patterns make this book a complete reference.
Without a doubt, buy it if you're using XSLT.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Samba-3 by Example : Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment (Bruce Perens Open Source)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: John H. Terpstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Real world scenarios - that work

John Terpstra had done a great job showing how SAMBA can be used in real world scenarios. The scenarios are representative of both the environments and customer needs that I have had to address as a consultant. More importantly, it was great to read a book from the Open Source community that was not a diatribe against Microsoft, but rather focused on how one gets Windows and UNIX/Linux working seamlessly in a heterogeneous environment.
The open and honest discussion around interoperability with Windows versus replacing Windows is quite informative. The book did not contain hyperbolic discussions around the technical or ethical benefits of Open Source. This is a book that I would recommend to friends from either the Windows world or FLOSS space (Free/Libre/Open Source Software).
Chapter 10, "Active Directory, Kerberos, and Security," was especially helpful and informative. I particularly appreciated the examples showing both the UNIX and Windows approaches to various problems. The thorough drilldown on the technical underpinnings and explanation of the historical issues gives a good perspective. This chapter helped me understand SAMBA coexistence/interoperability in Active Directory based environments. Having details on security, performance, locking, and the real world conundrums that arise made it possible to translate the books scenarios to my specific needs.
The book is easy to read and clearly details the steps required when setting up your SAMBA environment. The book includes some great references, and lots of accurate, step by step guidance. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to set up and use SAMBA.