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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very readable description of Win32.

A very good book. Don't let the word "Advanced" scare you off. For anyone who wants a better understanding of how it all works, this is the place to start. Richter knows how to write as well as what he talks about, a winning combination

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Understandable, clear and to the point

This books has a conversational tone to it. I found it relaxing trying to learn a subject which, though easy, has so many parts to it that you can get confused.

You learn how XML works and how it works with all the other modules. It's not a "kit" for putting things together for you. Using this book, you can write XML pages which work and you'll understand why it does.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is a great reference to get up and running with HTML 4.0 quickly. I didn't need to know the why's, where's, and when's, just the how's and this book does that in an easy to follow manner. An inexpensive, concise, and easy to follow reference - just what I was looking for. I'd easily recommend it to anyone.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Power of Events: An Introduction to Complex Event Processing in Distributed Enterprise Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Luckham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Surprisingly Easy to Read

As IT infrastructure weaves itself into every aspect of a business, managing these systems becomes an imperative. The Lines of Business demand complete and the real time visibility into the IT infrastructure. Most systems developed do not allow the IT departments to manage at these levels. Dr Luckhams book propose a framework for managing this complexity. He puts forth, in a simple and readable manner how do manage systems by observing the "Cloud of Events" and how to build systems that are easier to manage.
It is the first book that I have come across that deals with the topic of IT management at a level that is not too abstract or complete focused on existing tools, instead Dr Luckham takes the reader much closer to a solution to the problem by getting them to think about the problem in the right way. He puts years of Stanford research into a readable form for the ordinary mortal. Bravo.