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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Book


If you want a real reference book for .Net programming, this is it. He goes into depth in explaining how things work. Especially liked his chapter on Multithreading. It is a gold-mine for a professional C# programmer.

PS. The guy who gave this book a low rating, probably hasn't done anything sophisticated with .Net yet. Hey, its a reference book and his writing style is clear and to the point.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UNIX for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Flippant attitude reflects


The writer has adopted a very flippant attitude while writing this book. Information is not organized properly. A lot of irrelevant information is included.
Also, the writer takes great pleasure in trashing Microsoft at any given opportunity. I would rather he focus on writing a book on learning UNIX.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Securing Windows Server 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mike Danseglio
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great security book


When I bought this book, I didn't expect much. Another treatment of Windows security. A boring rehash of the same old stuff with a few new tidbits that I could use.

I was wrong. This book is excellent! It shows you exactly how to do things the right way. There's no ambiguous lectures or hints here. It says "Do this and you're safe; do that and you're vulnerable." I love that kind of directness. The book also breaks things down so a beginner can learn while they do. I didn't find these sections too valuable myself, but they were easily skipped and are there for the people still ramping up. And it covered pretty much all the security topics I was looking for, including DHCP and PKI. While a couple of important topics were a little light such as IIS, I've already got books specifically on those that I can use.

If you have to deal with Windows 2003 security and you want a direct, no-nonsense approach, buy this book. I wouldn't want it to be the only book on my shelf, but I find it valuable to have it there.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Beginners only !


Very rudimentary this book provides information only for the completely uninitiated oracle user. Additionally there is no CD or downloadable code you better be a very good typist.