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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best advanced C# book currently available

Currently, this book is by far the best advanced book on the market and much better than the Wrox "Professional C#" book. It is however not the place to learn C# (try Liberty's book).
This book covers of all the key topics in .NET with truly excellent (if concise) coverage of ADO .NET, Windows Forms, GDI+ and ASP .NET. Since Troelsen comes from a COM background (I have his excellent book on COM), the sections that touch on COM are also very strong. The only weak section that I have found so far is his discussion of multithreading and there are also some strange gaps in his otherwise comprehensive coverage (why isn't there a complete discussion of how to print?).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hardening Windows Systems (Hardening)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Roberta Bragg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One Stop Shopping for Windows Security

This book is an excellent resource for the system administrator tasked with securing Miscrosoft Windows systems and networks. There is no room for confusion here, step by step directions tell you how to secure your systems. The first chapter, "An Immediate Call to Action" provides ten things to do immediately to begin the process of securing your Windows systems. The book is definitely designed for administrators working "in the trenches" as it is heavy on practical application and light on "theory." If you are responsible for maintaing the security of a Windows environment, this book is a "must have." I have had the book for about a week and I already have pages bookmarked and highlighted.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Complete Computer Repair Book (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Scott Jones
Authors: Cheryl A. Schmidt, Cheryl Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Schmidt's Complete Computer Repair 2nd edition

We have already adopted Schmidt's 2nd edition for use with my class at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA, and I am very impressed with it. I like the updated information and the addition of some review questions in Chp 6 on Troubleshooting. The end of the chapter exercises make preparing classroom activities much easier.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Test Engine?????

I was really surprised when I could not access Online Test Engine after registering the book on its website, as was promised on last page of the book. I sent an e-mail to publisher for my user-name and password but to no avail. Luckily I had 10 days exchange period, so I have moved to another book which comes with CD-ROM.