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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's not always easy being the best


I am the Publisher of an IT Pro computer imprint that has tried producing competing books to Mr Minasi's for many years. Having published computer books since 1994, I can say with considerable experience that there are few computer books that stand the test of time and remain head and shoulders above the rest from edition to edition: MASTERING is one of those titles. Mark and his coauthors have set a standard that they should be proud of. Reviewers who complain about the fact that the book is too long and dense (excuse me, why did you buy a 1700-page book???), repeated information from his earlier editions (I suppose you'd be happier if MS changed every feature each time rather than making progressive improvements???), etc., make me believe that a certain audience hypercriticality and sour grapes must be part of the cost of success. My advice to potential buyers: pay attention to the audience that has spoken by buying this book over 2 to 1 over all others in this edition as well as the others. If this is not a five-star computer book, I don't know what is!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
vs. the 2nd Ed.


i really liked the 2nd Ed. so this 3rd Ed. sould be great... I'm a new programmer and the 2nd Ed. was very useful. I've used BASIC and Visual Basic Script, and Perl seems to be fun to me... I recomend this bood having only read the 2nd Ed. of "learning perl"
bart



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for SVR4 and Solaris 7 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Unix book on the market


This is a must have book for anyone working on or near a Unix system. It's a life saver and a time saver. There is always enough information to jog your memory and help you get the job done. This book is not for a first timer. Rather it's for someone that already knows Unix and needs a handy "reminder" from time to time.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jesse James Garrett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gloriously concise, readable, and useful.


This is one of those books that tells you, within reading the first ten pages, that you've got a classic on your hands. Straight-forward, accessible, and clear: Jesse James Garrett writes about the subject of user experience like he preaches.
Absolutely worth every penny and a spot on your bookcase.