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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hefty, beany, beefy


This is a huge book, 1165 pages filled with good stuff, plus an index of 77 pages. Lots of stuff I didn't even know that I didn't know. It is worth the (rather reasonably low) price of this book just to get its recommendation for a really good shareware imaging program. A great value.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well earned 5 stars


The amount of work put into this book deserves more than a 5 star rating. The book covers a variety of data models and presents nearly a hundred diagrams. The author has been a consultant for database design for 20 years. This is a great work and his experience shows.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A brief, helpful tool for test preparation


I carry around far too many books in business travel, so I appreciate the short ones: Fowler's UML Distilled comes to mind, as does Clark's Designing Storage Area Networks, Brooks's The Mythical Man Month, and Bloch's Effective Java.
Cade and Roberts have reduced their guide's content to the essential elements for test preparation; I appreciate that good work. Plenty of books try to boot-strap the reader into their topic in the name of reaching a broader audience. Trust me, you'll appreciate this effort less as the overlap in your book collection grows. You'll appreciate it even less still when you have to box them all up for a move.
If you've been working with web designs for a few years and have used a practical, higher-level language to describe new systems to other people, and you've been through J2EE systems a few times, you're probably ready to certify. All you need is some focus and an idea what to expect to build your confidence; this little study guide, complemented perhaps by studying with other test candidates, will take you the rest of the way.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are learning COM, don't hesitate to get this book.


I never read a book by Andrew Troelsen before , now that I have, I wish he had authored a lot of the other books in the library too.Explanation of the subject matter is very simple yet detailed, very focused and in a way that would stick for a long time.The good things that my co-reviewers have mentioned about this book prior to this review are all true. In a nutshell, if you are waiting to learn COM/DCOM/ATL inside out, all the nuts and bolts of it, then your wait is over.