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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Well written and thorough "how to"

My library consists on a number of reference books and I would not be without books written by Mark Minasi. I am 2 elective exams away from MCSE and would regularly reference his book when needing to know how to do something. This is not a sole source book if your goal is MCSE certification, but is is an extremely thorough and easy to follow "how to" if your goal is to learn how to use this operating system.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A classic that applies to virtually any language

I picked up this book at the recommendation of another book (Guru's Guide to Sql Server Stored Procedures) and was surprised at how well what it teaches applies to the languages I use most of the time, VB.NET and Transact-Sql. The other book had a chapter on design patterns in Transact-Sql and showed how some of the ones in this book as well as a few new ones were common in Transact-Sql stored procedures.
Thanks to that book and this one, I now look at code differently and know a pattern when I see it. Even for non-OOP languages, this book is a godsend for those who care about design.
The book is also extremely well written and as clear as it possibly can be. I read through it the first time over a weekend and came away charged up and ready to pattern the world!
I can't apply everything it teaches to my daily work, but enough of it applies that I highly recommend this book regardless of the language your using.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Real Good Book

It teaches someone who knows nothing about html and turns them into a pro in almost no time at all. Elizebeth is a excellent writer

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency and Threads, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Kay Robbins, Steve Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent starting ground to do Unix Programming

I used this book to start to learn from scratch how to programming Unix. This book is self-contained,concise and easy to read. FYI, it is very readable and not dry. There's a number of good diagrams, for example,illustrating file descriptors allocations and the effects of system calls like dup2, etc. The authors uses short code snipplet to illustrate how to use a particular system calls, which I think is rather neat. A number of "projects" very quickly help reader to expand their skill level. Of interest is also a project on distributed "Richard" and "Linda" , the forerunner of Sun's JINI. The authors could have expanded this book another 100 pages and make it a companion to Steven's "Advanced Unix System Programming". I strongly recommend this book to beginners, intermediate Unix Programmers.