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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS on Windows Server 2003
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cricket Liu, Matt Larson, Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good text on DNS for Win2k3! Much of the same (good stuff)


As in-depth as you will get on DNS for Windows 2003. A recent reviewer stated that it's much of the same. Well, much of it really is; and if you''ve been working with DNS for as long as many of us, nothing about its operations should be new to you. The most significant "tweaks" in DNS in the past few years have been done by Microsoft, to support their AD/200x line - those features are detailed quite specifically in this book (it's what this is all about anyway). And with AD continually evolving, chapters such as Managing DNS Programmatically (with WMI completely in mind) should be of utmost importance for the practicing MS administrator (that is, if you've really read the book!)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How to Be Invisible: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Authors: J.J. Luna
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is a MUST READ!


Tons of great information and varying levels of application explained....beneficial for protection from identity theft, personal privacy, mitigation of frivolous law suits, steering clear of stalkers, etc. Not only is the book fantastic, but the author also maintains a website with DAILY interaction with his readers --www.howtobeinvisible.com -- I highly recommend this book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, But Far From Ideal


The Good:
1) This book uses a three pronged approach to drive the point home: first, they explain the concept, then they provide an example, and then cap it off by an explanation of the example. I most cases this is very effective, as all three sections are sharply constructed. 2) Last quarter of the book is composed of valuable reference material. 3) About half the chapters are near brilliant in their clarity.
The Bad:
1) It's more of an introductory book than a beginner's book! Because half of the book is used up to delve into 5 different advanced topics. As a result, confusion and disjointed explanations are unavoidable in those chapters; each of which requires a separate book. Also, as a result of wasting this valuable real-estate on advanced topics, it provides a less than complete coverage of VBscript functions, the built-in objects, and advanced HTML topics, not to mention client-side scripting (I know it's ASP, but should have had a chapter on it, at least).
2) Very scant usage of diagrams. It's a 1200 page technical book containing about 5 silly diagrams!
3) I found a number of errors. Though it's not as big a factor as others here have suggested.
In conclusion: despite these major flaws, it's almost certainly the best beginner's ASP book, which isn't saying much given the age of the subject. If you are a serious beginner, then you are going to have to rely on other resources as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Web Pages for Dummies, Sixth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bud E. Smith, Arthur Bebak, Bud Bud Smith, Arthur Bebak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Great Book For Beginners!


This book integrates a multitude of users, spreading a wide gap of computer knowledge. With easy to navigate text, a web site of simplistic form to that of "Spock" - like intentions can be within one's reach.