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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Pocket Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worthwhile reading for beginners and advanced users

I've been using Linux since 1996, and this book still gave me some new tips and information to make better use of my Linux system.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 for Server Geeks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Nate Weiss
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pulling it all together!

I'm thrilled to no end that I bought this book! As a ColdFusion developer, I have been wanting to add a Flash front end to my apps for months. But between timelines and tweens, I just couldn't justify the time to learn Flash. When Flash MX Professional 2004 was released, I took another look. I downloaded the trial copy and started playing around with it and was able to create something rather quickly. So I bought the product. At that time, the books were few and far between. Some online tutorials existed, but didn't seem to be in line with what I was trying to do.
I preorded this book based on the Author's previous writings with Ben Forta in regards to ColdFusion. The day it arrived I started reading it from page 1, which is something I rarely do...usually I just look in the contents or the index to find something specific that I am looking for. Before I was finished with the first chapter, I knew that it was written just for me! This book is for developers that want to create rich, data-driven internet applications without the fuss and muss of using the Flash timeline! It has a great mix of background explanations and hands-on projects to get you started right away. I've recommended this book over and over in the online forums that I subscribe to, and haven't had a dissatisfied person yet!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth every page - a must for Windows/AD/Exchange pros!

Ever go through a good technical book - usually about 2-5X the size of your average pulp fiction bestseller - and feel this is one of the best investments you've ever made? The kind you just can't read enough of? If not, read this book.
Mature sysadmins need to know scripting. For Windows/AD admins, there's probably no better way to get started with scripting than this book. Every time I saw this book at bookstores, I couldn't help but think most of this stuff is on Microsoft web site.
What a mistake! Though most of the info may be available online, the organization of this book, the writing style and approach of the authors, the example scripts, and the accompanying CD with all scripts in the book along with an electronic version - all this make one perfect package to get started with scripting.
The book covers VBScript, WSH, Scripting Runtime, ADSI & WMI, and takes a reader through the task of creating scripts to automate everyday sysadmin functions.
What's particularly impressive is the fact that the author(s) present each script example - or rather a 'scriptlet' - as a way of accomplishing one particular task (or 'sub-task'). This keeps each example very simple and easy to understand, and you quickly learn to put together the different 'scriptlets' (and what you've learnt) to automate more complex functions.
Chapter 17: Writing Enterprise Scripts is a very well-written tutorial on accomplishing tasks like accepting input from text files, redirecting output to web pages, sending email notifications, et al.
This book (and the electronic version) has quickly become something I refer to practically every day.
Bharat SunejaMCT

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Beres
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Where's the errata?

I bought this book because I wanted to learn how to use the new IDE in Visual Studio.Net. I had just purchased over $ worth of VB.Net programming books and decided to purchase, "programming VB.NET: A Guide for Experienced Programmers" to come up to speed on Visual Basic syntax. So far I haven't been impressed with Gary Cornell's book. I can't put my finger on what's wrong with it but I wished I had spent more time broswing in the bookstore and less time being impulsive and believing all the glowing reviews. This book, "Visual Studio.NET 2003" however had been setting of my shelf for weeks because I didn't believe it held the pertinent information I needed to get started with Visual Basic.NET, WRONG!
It has everything necessary to get an experienced programmer focused on what the capabilities of the .NET framework has to offer and how to use them; and as an added surprise side by side comparisons of VB.NET and C#.NET. Examples are giving in both languages and you can decide for yourself which route is most appropriate for you. It wasn't written to teach you programming however it does give the core syntax for VB, C#, ASP, and ADO.NET.
It's very lucid and has a very good blend of graphics, prose and code examples. Simply stated it's like going to a seminar to get targeted premium information without the associated cost s of long winded boring presenters and high tuition, etc.
I recommend this book to anyone uncertain about which .NET language to use, and people who are new to the Visual Studio.NET IDE. I wouldn't recommend it for for Beginners, however it is an easy read for people who understand proggraming and have already written a program for general use.