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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
is to Python what the Llama book is to Perl

Learning Python fills the gap for a printed introduction to the Python language. The layout is natural and methodical. Although I had picked up a good deal of the material beforehand from the online documentation and trial and error use of Python, I learned quite a bit from the book that had previously escaped me. If you want to know what the buzz is about Python or are looking for an excellent introduction for friends and co-workers to Python, try Learning Python.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
should be in everyone's usability library

This book is fantastic and needs to be read by anyone in your company that has anything to do with page design, layout, site direction, etc.
It's short (180 pages), it's funny (he teaches "Advanced Common Sense"), is clear and concise. There's no excuse for not putting this one on your reading list.
Especially helpful were the examples of what TO do, what NOT to do and, importantly, how the author would fix the "NOT to do" examples. It ends with a few chapters on usability testing and includes a good script for do-it-yourself testing.

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
The ultimate reference for Sys Admins and Developers

The "BEST" computer book I have ever seen and bought. Allen did a tremendous and excellent job by gathering all these recipes in a single and consistent book. He uses different methods via the command lines, Windows GUIs, and scripting (VBSCRIPT & PERL) to get the expected outcome. Developers and system Administrators will really enjoy reading this book and using all these recipes.This book will save a lot of time looking for the information you need and will help you coding your applications much faster. This book is the best reference that all the system administrators and developers should have. This book is also a great reference for Perl programmers who need to develop applications dealing with Windows environment and ADSI.Believe me, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy reading the book
Thanks again Allen for your great jobBehruz

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 2, Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Douglas Schmidt, Michael Stal, Hans Rohnert, Frank Buschmann
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good information badly written

This book summarizes some important distributed systems patterns researchers have identified in recent years. In that sense it is a necessary contribution to the software engineering literature.

However, the examples are at times unclear and the author does not always motivate them convincingly. From a technical writing perspective, the passive voice plagues this book from start to end, forcing readers to stop and reread sections to make sense of convoluted prose.