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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 10 : The Complete Reference (Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paul Watters
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not much detail on Solaris 10

While this book was a good review of Solaris, it was NOT specific enough at all with regard to administering Solaris 10. I bought this book because it was the only one available to prepare for a Solaris 10 System Admin (beta exam). I found much more useful information from the SUN website. See for yourself. Use the "search in this book" feature on this webpage. Type in "zoneadm" or "zonecfg". These are two commands used to congfigure zones in Solaris 10. One of the trumpeted new features of this version, yet the book says NOTHING about this. Amazon also messed up my credit order, I was supposed to get $30.00 credit on the order and that never happened.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Only describes the obvious

The hard part about .Net is its interactions with windows. Eg. To know that if you want to print a page with controls you need to know how to use WM_Print explcitly. With Petzold's background I was hoping to find this deeper info.

Not so. It covers the pure .Net stuff pretty well and goes into all of the APIs in some depth, and it is probably the best book on the GUI side of .Net. But it does not address the hard stuff. (It is also a large book and a bit woffly.)

So for the real documentation you have to search the news groups etc...

(Be aware, only covers Windows/Forms API, not ASP, XML etc.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
She really knows what she's talking about...

Elizabeth's book is great for those new to HTML, and great to refresh the memory when updating a web site. It's thorough, very well-organized and readable. Other pluses are the handy size--just 250 pages--and attractive price--$18. I needed to hit the ground running with HTML, and this book let me do it quickly and effectively.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Website Programming: Problem - Design - Solution, C# Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Marco Bellinaso, Kevin Hoffman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book with one huge error in C# version

I bought this book some time ago. My printing is November 2002. I like the book, and learned a lot, but in my printing there is at least one glaring error in the usage of the 'using' keyword. On page 159 and at least two other pages it's used similarly to this:

using(DataSet roles = SomeFunctionThatReturnsDataSet())
return roles;

The implication of the above code is that somehow roles will magically be disposed when no longer needed due to the fact that it was created within a using block. In reality, it is disposed immediately on exit from the using block.

The only reason that the code works is that the DataSet dispose method only releases some remoting related resources, and DataSet does not throw an AlreadyDisposed exception (as it should) when methods are called on it after it has been disposed. If that behavior of DataSet changes in the future, any code that tries to use roles after it is returned from within the using block will fail.

I posted this on a site dedicated to this book but no one seemed very interested.