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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

As a system administrator, i do scripting very often to improve the work efficiency in my team. This book is definitely a must to all new, intermediate and expert support/engineers and developers dealing with AD. The contents are very comprehensive which covered most of the topics you want to know about AD. The authors often add more examples in their website, corrected bugs found in the scripts and one value added i found that really amazed me was massive scripts written in different languages to cater for different users in their website. No other websites have better example than his!! This book gave me a better understanding of AD, the samples of scripts have helped me a lot and my project is almost completed now. Many thanks to the author, Robbie Allen for his advice. O'reilly books are great in general!! Well done!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book leads me to understand very deeply

When I start with XML, I don't even know what that is, I have the basic knowledge of HTML, and a little bit about Basic, right now, I'm being able to write my own dynamic website by using XML. It is very understandable. It's worth it to buy it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering: A Practitioner's Approach
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Roger S. Pressman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
some good sections, but a lot of filler and fluff

I just finished using this book for a software engineering course. This book does have some good information but it is surrounded by a lot of filler. The length could easily be reduced by 40% without losing anything.
What I disliked:1. Too many useless quotes that give no valuable information. Many of the quotes just seemed useless IT/IS filler with buzzword like comments. This isn't a book I would keep as a reference but its target audience seems to be a classroom environment.
2. Excessive organization. The author seems to give a general overview, then medium detailed discussion, and then an in depth discussion. The text could benefit from shortened general overiews and move directly to the in depth discussion of a topic. The length of the book could be reduced while still keeping useful and valueable content.
3. Over complicated language. Some of the language is unnecessarily complicated. I have the same feelings on this as a previous reviewer (about terminology and syllable length etc).
4. Too IT/IS/MIS based. This is more of a personal preference but the text just seemed a little watered down for people who aren't in computer science.
What I liked:1. Analysis sections. I felt these were really useful and practical. Easy to follow information.
2. Testing sections. The discussion of different kinds of testing methodologies was helpful though I would have liked it to be more technical.
3. OO sections. Just some really good information here but again I would have liked it to be more technical
My overall impression of the book is that there is definately some good information but you have to sort through a lot of fluff to get to it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Cram 2
Publisher: Que
Authors: David Francis, Greg Horine
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Test Prep Resource

This book does as it says it will. It provides a condensed, quick study view of essential PMP material. It complements the PMBOK sufficiently and is solid in its presentation and exam advice. I am not sure what the reviewer who said there where errors all over was reading. If what you read in this book is not making sense, you are in the wrong book. I found this to be a top notch study aid and recommend anyone looking to get the PMP certification to grab this book. Lastly, I am not sure how the physical dimensions of this book even matters??? If the contents good, who cares how big the book is???