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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Like a lot of other systems administrators I use emacs because it's fast, easy and extensible. However emacs is not standard with many UNIX variants, vi is. This book will allow you to get the most out of vi, and will make using vi, for those times when you absolutely have to, a much less hateful and far more productive experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers by Sham Tickoo

This book is definitely helpful (would you believe essential) in learning Pro/engineer Wildfire. It achieves a good balance between reference material and tutorial examples (as compared to Lamit's books which are mostly tutorial with CadTrain screen prints and step by step instructions, but with a good index).

Explaining any major software package really requires two books. This book is a good first book and it also covers some of the more advanced 3D modeling topics that you would expect in a second book. The examples of dimensioning and annotating 2D drawings are simplistic educational ones and not of the level used in industrial design drawings going to a machine shop to be fabricated.

The index is inexcusably incomplete. Key words like: note, layer, view, orientation, hide, shading and colors are missing from it. I find the topics that should be indexed by going to the most likely chapter and looking at every page for them. As hokey as that sounds it actually works fairly well. The help files with Pro/Engineer fill in most of the pieces that are missing from this book and they have an excellent search engine.

In the creating cross sectional views tutorial on page 10-24, I found one frustrating mistake in instruction step 11, which should read, "Choose the create 2 point lines from the sketch view pulldown sketch menu and draw the lines ..."

The bottom line is that this book will definitely assist you in learning Pro/Engineer Wildfire. Although count on the many hours of struggle and frustration that are required to learn any major software tool. I don't think any book or approach will ever change that.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply outstanding...a wealth of knowledge

First I should say that I've read quite a few tech books, as I'm in the business, and I've purchased quite a few from amazon. Some books have been good and others not so good. This is the first one that has ever prompted me to write a review.
Mr. Minasi has achieved quite an accomplishment with Mastering Windows 2000 Server. I am in the process of reading cover-to-cover (and there's a lot of space in between those covers!), currently about half way through, and this is honestly the only computer book I've read thus far that has not left me with one question. As you read through this massive tome, it's as if Mr. Minasi is reading your mind and the answer to the very question you've been conjuring is no farther away than the next page. His writing style is also a delight, keeping your interest from one page to the next (that's not an easy thing to do when your explaining such topics as group policy or creating the proper DNS infrastructure).
Near the beginning of the book the authot explains that the book is not meant for MCSA/MCSE preparation. However, I'll be going for these exams very soon, and I already feel like my knowledge on the topics contained in this text have increased exponentially. I wouldn't think of becoming 2K certified without consulting the high points of Mastering first.
In short...the $50 you drop on this monster will repay you tenfold in the knowledge that you'll get out of it. You won't be dissapointed!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Mark Spenik, Orryn Sledge
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book - a bit of everything

Used it to study for the exam (70-229). Wish it had a little more on installation options and directions - but great reference. Great overview of everything. May not be ideal for hardcore in-depth stuff. Definitely would suggest it!