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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Master Visually Windows XP (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Ruth Maran, Paul Whitehead, Ruth Maran
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Comprehensive and Easy to Use for Beginners

Here's an oddity. A computer book that's both comprehensive and easy to use. For anyone wanting to learn all about Windows XP without intimidation, look no further. The book is well organized, starting with elementary basics (such as general computer basics), then moving on to a wide range of topics:
Working with digital camerasSetting up a home networkWeb publishingCreating/editing videosCreating audio CDsCustomizing your computerAnd much more.
Each task is explained in easy-to-read text and, of course, with visuals. Very helpful, but written primarily for beginners, NOT for XP or computer veterans.
CD-ROM contains an evaluation version of Paint Shop Pro, FreeAmp music player,AbyssAudio Collection, and an e-version of the book.
621 pages

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
How Much Do You Want To Know?

I am a recently qualified Analyst Programmer with a particular emphasis on CICS and PL/1. I read this book as it was easily the most comprehensive in terms of areas of coverage, and by far the most readable in terms of plain english. For anyone wanting to learn more about the ' Bigger Picture' of program development, inspections and general good practice this book is highly recommended regardless of your technical background. If you are looking for a heavyweight discussion on the finer points of user acceptance testing for example, you may well do better to read other, more specialist texts. On the whole, an excellent reference that will supplement anyone's knowledge without being bogged down in technical detail.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Begining Programmer or a Begining Visual Basic Programmer

Are you new to programming and to Visual Basic 6.0? Then this is the book for you. I had no previous programming experience and I opened this book and in no time I was writing code and making programs. Michael Halvorson does a excellent job with this book, he has good examples and great explanations. I defaintly suggest buying this book. It helped me out and will always be a book to come back to if you forget something.
Buy it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Based on Beta 3 ?

this book gives good detail on Active Directory which is a large and potentially confusing subject matter. However, I found it really annoying that the book seemed to be based on Beta 3 - every 10 pages or so there are sentances like "in the final release" , "Microsoft may change this feature in the final release". This is especially important for Windows 2000 as there were some key changes in the Release Candidates
I bought my copy a good few months after 2000 was released - If a book is based on a beta version of a product it should say so in fairly large letters on the cover.