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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent SQL Server Reference


Simply the best.... No ther Wrox,MS Press or even APress book comes close. Still a classic



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jen deHaan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
helped a lot


I liked this book because it really put together the most useful things a person needs to know starting out building a site in a way I could understand it. I didn't expect this much, so I was pleasantly surprised in it. You don't learn how to build a weak site that only has a menu, some buttons and a bit of text, pictures or whatever, but you actually have streaming video, loading data, forms, and all that stuff - and it's even understandable. So I really think this book would be good for a lot of people because using it I got my own site up in only two weeks.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Windows 2000 Device Driver Book: A Guide for Programmers (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Art Baker, Jerry Lozano
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lots of good information presented well.


I was disappointed by this book because it simply assumed you were a robot with Microsoft's DDK at hand. It was missing major information about the actual structure of the various kinds of device drivers and doesn't add much value beyond the chaos that is Microsoft documentation. Thumbs down.



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
Comprehensive, thoughtful and honest


After digesting The Official SAMBA-3 HOWTO and Resource Guide, I was aching for some actual examples (as TOSHARG is almost void of them). This book delivers!
It's difficult to express how impressed I am by Terpstra's book. It addresses the complete spectrum of Samba deployments, from the 10-person office to the 2000-seat multi-site enterprise. You assume the role of the "IT guy" in several example situations that seem quite non-hypothetical (read "some poor sap was in these very shoes") while Terpstra explains not just what to do, but how to do it and - most importantly - WHY.
One of the nicest things about this book is that each situation is followed by a "Q&A" section - almost like a textbook - that addresses both the important points of the exercise, as well as some of the trivial details that were left out for the sake of brevity. Don't be tempted to skip them thinking that it's just a review.
Definetly a "must-have" if you're looking to use Samba for anything more than a simple file share. You'll find tips, tricks, ancient wisdom and honest admissions of bugs (and their workarounds) that will keep you from losing your sanity.