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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms : The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Forget about the Lego Constructopedia

This is a great book on building Lego Mindstorms robots. The chapter topics are well chosen and Mario's enthusiasm for the topic is infectious. There are chapters on everything from the basics (geometry, gears, pneumatic theory, etc..) to different types of projects (mobile robots, grabber arms, walkers, vehicles, and games). Literally hundreds of hours worth of Lego Mindstorms projects are packed inside. Each project has a lot going for it.The photographs are of a surprising quality and it's evident the authors spared no effort in constructing them. For example, the pneumatics chapter shows a cutaway section of a piston with airflow conveniently labeled. This sort of attention to detail really helps with understanding.The book is ideal for everyone from the child who wants to make robots from popular movies, to the serious builder who wants to make a robot arm for playing chess, to the hardcore engineer who wants to make vehicles worthy of Mars exploration. I highly recommend this book, even if you just want to flip through the pages and marvel at the robots.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Business Data Communications (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's Just Right!

Most computer books tend to be massive tomes that are little more than fluff and filler and readers truly learn little even after reading hundreds and hundreds of pages. This is what I call the "bloat" approach to computer manuals.
While there is a place for "bloat" manuals, the best books transcend this genre, and teach principles and background for understanding, as well as providing the essentials for getting the job done. William Stanek's most recent addition to the "Administrator's Pocket Consultant" series does just this for Windows Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant combines the basics of Windows 2003 for newbies, and provides a more-than-generous helping of advanced techniques and principles for experienced administrators. I have 3 years experience with Windows 2000, 5 with Windows NT before that, and I learned something on almost every page.
Stanek includes plenty of coverage of Windows fundamentals, and he gives plenty of examples. He makes things clear, even difficult and hard to grasp subjects. He provides enough instruction for the reader to get the task accomplished. He doesn't shy away from addressing the more difficult parts of the OS. There is a substantial amount of advanced material for the experienced administrator. The chapters on monitoring provided me the first thorough yet understandable overview of the subject I've found and this is follwed with expert-level how-tos and tips for improving performance. My only bone to pick with the book is that I wish there was a security pocket consultant written by Stanek, which there isn't. Don't get me wrong the book has lots of security coverage. It has security tips and cautions throughout, and provides good coverage of essentials. It doesn't however cover every conceivable security topic like a separate pocket consultant would.
It's almost certainly got the information you need, be you a new administrator, a convert from another OS, or a serious administrator searching for a good reference work. You will enjoy reading it, a rare thing for computer books, and if you read it all, you'll know 95% of what you will ever need to know for on the job. As of this writing, William Stanek's Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant is the best Windows Server 2003 book for your dollar.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

As a moderately experienced programmer I am always looking for exceptional books which will help in my quest to learn VB. Among the 10 or so I have recently purchased, this book is the best all-around quide to VB6. It covers only the more recent techniques, with a range and depth which is amazing. If I need to find out how to do something, this is usually the only book I open. The code is not polished, and the comments are sometimes a bit odd, but the structure and ideas expressed in code are excellent. Although you probably wont want to drop the code directly into your projects, if you take the time to understand what he is doing, and polish the code yourself, you will have both a valuable code resource and learned the topic well. A couple of other books I recommend are by Lhotka and Moniz. If anyone finds books at this level of excellence, PLEASE say so here!