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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This ed. based on RC2!


Great overview of 2000 with many technical details and "how to's". Another hit from Minasi (et. al.). Only complaint: Amazon didn't mention this tome is based on RC2! The ad makes it look like this is the "real deal" based on final MS code. Interested to know if publisher is planning a "final" version based on Win2k's final public release. Anyway, this version will get me started.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacker Disassembling Uncovered
Publisher: A-List Publishing
Authors: Kris Kaspersky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Step-by-step


The best part about this book is that besides all of the neat tricks it gives you, the layout is step-by-step. You can sit down with it using the CD and go through each exercise. I have recommended this book to all of my friends/co-workers that are either learning how to protect software they write to how to identify vulnerabilities in other programs. Knowing assembly helps, but this also presents it in a way that you can learn as you go.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 Studio Techniques (Studio Techniques)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Jacob Rosenberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Writing, Great Instruction, Great Advice


Mr. Rosenberg has done a great job writing this text. The book walks any Premiere user through version 1.5 from project beginning to a finished video to be proud of. I use the text as a reference guide when working on projects, especially when I'm stuck. Reading and using this book has saved me dozens of hours of work and also an unimaginable amount of frustration.

Thank you Mr. Rosenberg for putting this together for all of us sitting in front of these computers with great ideas and walking us thorugh how to share those ideas with others.

OM



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exceptional C++: 47 Engineering Puzzles, Programming Problems, and Solutions
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Herb Sutter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
One of the few that shows how to use C++ exceptions


As a professional programmer I find the Guru of the Week questions annoying, because they usually point out that I don't know some dang thing about C++. (I don't know too many people who appreciate being pointed out how dumb they are weekly.) Then someone who appears to have nothing better to do than solve C++ puzzles jumps in with a 6 page submission on how to solve the problem, which is usually wrong. Then six more self appointed guru's jump in and fill pages of discussion, Then after filling my head with all the wrong answers to a particular problem, Herb smuggly answers the question with the real answer. Anoints another guru and the process repeats. In the meantime I've lost total interest in the discussion. Thank you for Deja news where I can read the first and last postings(The puzzle and the solution).
That said, this book is full of those got ya! puzzles. Fortunately Herb is a kind writer and you don't feel too dumb when he points out why a particular puzzle has a problem and what it is. And like Deja news you can skip all the wrong answers, arguments about the arcane and get right to the meat of the problem. Herb also got a chance to make the puzzles more clear, where the language of the original puzzle confused the issue unnecessarily.
The best reason to buy this book is that its the only published text so far on how to use C++ Exceptions. There are some articles in C++ Report but not many on the traps and pitfalls of their usage. Stroustrup's book "C++ Programming Language" tells you how the mechanism works, and makes some suggestions. Herb tells you what it will cost you if you don't use them, only partially use them, or totally abuse them. And he shows you how a minor misuse can make you have major problems.
I can see why Scott Meyers likes this book. Its just like his books, "Effective C++" series only the format is not in a lecture topic but in a question/puzzle answer format. I prefer the Meyer's approach but you can still glean the necessary information, and while you are reading the answers to the puzzles, say to yourself "Yeah I knew that!"
One other reason to buy this book, you can use these puzzles as tests for interviews. First, it will help you know the skill level of the applicant, Second it will teach you something you probably should have known anyway, Thirdly if they get the answers right off it will tell you that the applicants at least read the texts and are trying to stay on top of things. This is not to say you should make applicants take an all day C++ grammer test but by asking a few puzzle questions you can see how they react under a bit of pressure. After all at some point everyone comes up against a problem they haven't seen.