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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Windows(R) with VBScript and WMI
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Even a Beer Guy Can Script!


Yes, I admit it. I came from the beer industry, a Category Specialist at Coors Brewing Company to be specific. My tech background was so-so, but when I started selling software, I knew nothing about this sub-culture called Scripting. System Administrators use scripting to have the ability to control computers over a network, without having to leave their seat.
Don Jones book, "Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI", was written for the individual who knows basically nothing about scripting, and runs you through the process to understand scripting, use scripting, and execute scripting. By chapter 3, this former "beer guy" wrote his first script. Don's ability to breakdown processes so the everyday "Joe" can understand the language and acronyms was very helpful. I have tried to read other books about scripting, but they all start off, thinking you have a knowledge about what your about to read.
Not Don's book, he assumes you never heard of scripting, and therefore, walks you through the basics first. What a complete joy it was to finally read about scripting, and actually understanding it. I truly recommend this book regardless of your skill level of scripting, it has something for everyone.
From the "newbie" to the "professional", "Managing Windows with VBScript and WMI" can offer some great insight.
The book also contains a 30 Day Trial of PrimalScript 3.1, a scripting editor from SAPIEN Technologies, Inc. This was a great addition to the book, since most of the screen shots are shown using PrimalScript 3.1, so it makes it much easier to follow along. Not to mention, PrimalScript 3.1 was much easier to use than Notepad.
If your a into Windows Scripting or thinking about it, this book will be the book you refer to time and time again, and it will probably be the most used book on your desk once you own it. Thanks Don, for writing such a book, even an old "beer guy" can understand.
Concertgoer@hotmail.com



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Content Management Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bob Boiko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The most complete and authoritative reference book about CMS


As a Project Manager with a mandate to come up with a Content Management System for my organization, over the course of the past three months I've found the CMS Bible by Boiko simply essential, as most of the other 'bible' tech books I've read have been. He provides a very robust framework that you can follow in your project, if you have the time to read through its almost 1000 pages.
First, he delves into a very thorough discussion about the more 'phylosophical' topics of content (what it is, what is data, what is metadata, etc.) and content management at large. If you haven't gotten your feet wet with a CMS project before, the first 10 chapters (175 pages) will get you soaked with the type of dilemmas you are bound to face when you work on a CMS.
Then, he provides what could be considered a "recipe" to put together a CMS successfully (though no two CMS projects are ever alike, but a lot of them have similar characteristics). There are a number of chapters and sections specifically devoted to the steps required to ensure a successful outsourcing of the project, but the framework he provides is not limited to it: you can perfectly apply it to an in-house implementation. Also, he tends to paint the largest possible picture (with all staff possible, etc.) but you can very easily scale it down to the size and shape of your organization.
In general, his framework goes back once and again to the concept of the "Wheel of Content Management" where he connects the spikes that allow the 'wheel' to move: goals and requirements, audiences, publications, authors, acquisition sources, workflow and staff and access structures, all revolving around the central content component classes with metadata as the outside of the wheel, serving as a container for it all.
He doesn't wrap up the book without devoting enough space to XML and its close cousin, the DTD. He even provides a small VB app to convert Word content to XML, and that's still "only" on page 788. If you haven't noticed by now, this book is MASSIVE, and if there's any issue with it, that would be it: the fact that you will need to devote a long time to processing it. But all in all, the book with its companion web site is an invaluable tool for all Project Managers who have in their hands the responsibility of giving birth to a CMS for their organizations.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real-Time Concepts for Embedded Systems
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Qing Li, Caroline Yao
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Overview of Programming on RTOS Based Systems


This book is an excellent overview of programming on RTOS based systems. It is not a theoretical book at all. The concepts are all there, but it is also very practical. I found a lot of good ideas even though I have been designing embedded systems for many years. I also found it to be an easy read, (but that may be due to my background). It is worth buying for anyone interested in RTOS based systems.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Demonstrating to Win
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Authors: Robert Riefstahl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Key to succes for presales


For everybody who is acting as a presales/business consultant in selling Enterprise Business Solutions this book is a guide and a key to succes. I very much enjoyed reading it, sometimes very recognizable and also a little bit painfull....