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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

NO MFC OR C++, no intro to the c language which it uses solely! This is an advanced book! Covers many topics Pertzold(Programming Windows) doesn't. Great for getting into the cracks of the Win OS! Definitely not for newbies, but for anyone looking to really become a professional win32 programmer, this is the book! To anyone but a real programmer the topics covered aren't easy nor for everyone. Much of the book is about Kernel Objects, inner workings, sharing objects between process and thread boudaries. Thread locks and scheduling are also detailed plus much much more!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great hands on exercises

It took me a while to work through this book, and that's a compliment. The reason was because it has so many hands on exercises. Every new technique has one or two exercises you can work through to see how it works, and to get it out of "theory" and into "experience". Good stuff!
Using this book as a guide, I passed all five exams.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: John Kauffman, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati, Brian Matsik, Eric N. Mintz, Jan D. Narkiewicz, Kent Tegels, Donald Xie, John West, Jesudas Chinnathampi, James Greenwood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for beginning!

I found this book very useful just like any other Wrox book. It has everything one needs to start learning .Net database applications. I have not tried the code but the explanations are helpful. The thing I like the most was list of sequential steps needed to perform a task before any example. It really breaks down the whole exercise into some meaningful steps and helps one follow the example clearly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP (Mark Minasi Windows Administrator Library)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jeremy Moskowitz, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have Book

I agree with the other reviewers this book is an absolute must for any Windows 2000/2003 administrator. Other books touch on group policy but Jeremy breaks it down and really explains what is going on. You want to create your own custom policies... it's in there. Group policy is not applying; how do you troubleshoot... it's in there. You want in-depth coverage of roaming profiles... it's in there. You want to know how the GPMC works... it's in there.

You get my point. Group policy is one of the most important aspects of AD and this book hits the ball out of the park. I also recommend his previous book Windows 2000 Group Policy. This book is also endorsed by Mark Minasi and Michael Dennis (Microsoft Group Policy Manger)so you know it has to be good. Trust the reviews and buy this one.