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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS Digital Rebel EOS 300 D (A Lark Photography Book)
Publisher: A Lark Photography Book
Authors: Rob Sheppard
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Free Learning center for Digital Rebel


Here is a link from the Canon web site to the Canon digital learning center for the Digital Rebel (300E). It contains basic info about this camera. I found it helpful. Best of all, its free!

http://www.photoworkshop.com/canon/lessons/



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Book and Marty are really help


Before I bought this book, I browsed couple servlet books in bookstores. The book he written, It's really good book. + He replyed to my question very clear and make me learn faster.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lacks practical application of concepts


Jesse Liberty clearly understands the concepts of object oriented programming and C#, but fails to apply the information effectively. The begining chapters may be a bit too advanced for someone who has not worked with object oriented programming (although the book says it will be ok, it wont). The chapters on OOP move quickly and unless you can grasp new concepts quickly, youre better off buying his other book, Learning C#. However be warned, Learning C# is a repeat of the first few chapters of Programming C#, but just longer. As you read Programming C#, you will wait for some tutorial based real world examples, but you will never encounter them. Overall this book gets a 3 because it will teach you the fundamentals of OOP, but you'll find it hard to apply it to writing a real program. I picked up the Wrox books after this and I'm very satisfied now.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 2000 & Windows Server 2003 Clustering & Load Balancing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert Shimonski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding Publication


In the sea of Windows Server 2003 titles surfacing, It is nice to see that at least one book, has come out by ONE author speaking from experience. I have noticed in the other books I have read, many others are having the same problems I am, the books are rushed out so 40 people write them and most of these folks have no production experience on the product so the books are pretty much a rehash of other stuff. They are rushed out, and we suffer. This book is nothing like that. The author has helped me understand exaclty what I wanted to know: how to plan a Windows 2003 upgrade from 2000 so that I can use my clusters and load balancing. Here are my favorite highlights about this book -> written from experience. You can tell the author works in the field as 90 percent of what is written comes from real life examples. You can tell that the author is not biased towards Microsoft technologies. The author tells you when he is working on something in production, he tells you when he is working in a lab. He clearly tells you the good and the bad. Another great thing is that this book is written on both the techie level and the managment level. I am a manager of a medium network, and I needed what was in this book which was tons of project planning guidance, what to buy, how to test it and so on. My last nice thing to say is that I loved how this book also took a focus on hardware for once. Too many authors write with no valid expeience so you miss all the hardware gotchas out there that people like me (in the trenches everyday and weekends) has to deal with. Not this one. You will know from when you start this book to when you put it down (thanks also that its only about 400 pages) how to design, cost estimate, implimenent, test and monitor your clusters. I loved the fact that I picked up tips on how to get free pre-sales support to help design my cluster with the vendor, it saved me some cash too on consulting which also helps. Ok, now here are the cons. Wish there was more of a focus on IIS. Another reviewer also mentioned this, so I will also say that as well because that would have put this book on my shelf forever. I agree and wish there was more on IIS. Other than that, the book gives you exaclty what it says it will, to help you plan and deploy a Windows 2003 cluster and load balanced solution and you will know how to upgrade your 2000 boxes without destroying them in the process. No stone is left unturned as the author makes certain you do not miss anything there is to know and there is even a section on how to back up your system so you dont kill it in the upgrade process.