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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, Excellent book

This is a very easy to read book which also serves as an equally good reference. Tim has an eye for teaching what you need to know. This book is so packed full of usefull info you wont remember half of it if you just read it straight through. My advice: If you want to learn scripts read enough to get started, then write your own, use the book as a reference and get your hands on scripts written by others. After you've learned a bit go back and read the book cover to cover adding to what you've learned.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2002 Desktop Developer's Handbook
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book can take your application to the next level

It is hard to describe the elation you feel as you read through this book. It is not just the content, the style and delivery are such that it cuts clutter and clarifies a number of concepts that would otherwise be very difficult to grasp.
My copy is 6 months old and already so dogeared I will need to replace it this year for fear of losing pages.
Excellent work. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Windows 2000 Device Driver Book: A Guide for Programmers (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Art Baker, Jerry Lozano
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
No printer driver info.

There is absolutely no information about printer drivers in this book. The explanation about the printing process is so skimpy that you can't tell that it is wrong.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Exam 70 270 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A far cry from a study aid

It's a given that no one study guide will give you the understanding to pass the associated MCSE exam, but this barely qualifies as a study guide. For someone who has never worked with Windows before and has never seen XP before, this might be a good "Windows XP for Dummies"-like book. It does quickly gloss over most of the basics of the OS, how to network it and even how to deploy it, but falls short of even being a How-To for people looking to support and not wanting to study for the exam. A good example of just how much information this book lacks is to take the practice exam off the included CD-ROM. Less than five questions into the practice exam, the information needed to get the question right is not even covered in the book.
My suggestion would be to anyone who is looking to prep for the exam is to read the XP Resource Kit, the on-line help, and Microsoft's Readiness Review for XP - and leave this book on the shelf.