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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introducing Microsoft .Net, Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David S. Platt
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Introducing Microsoft .NET

If you're just looking for a technical overview or conversation level discussion of Microsoft .NET, don't buy this book. This book is strictly written to help bring Microsoft programmers or other serious Web application architects / programmers getting assigned to a .NET programming project up to speed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Lisa Graham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely Wonderful

I am a complete dunce at design (or at least I was). Whatever the optical equivalent to a "tin ear" is, I have it. In this book Ms. Graham gives step-by-step simple and yet logical and practical instruction on how to make one's designs both attractive and effective. Her writing style often made me feel as if I were being given advice by a "friend in the design business." I began using the principles that she teaches in my web pages and flyer designs before I was even half-way through the book. The improvements that I saw in my abilities were amazing.
This book has (the basics of) everything: typography, contrast, color, flow, emphasis, etc. Most of the books I had examined prior to finding this little gem were nothing more than over-sized "picture books" with writing in the margins, I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on so little information (but they sure were pretty). This book, on the other hand, is mostly text with small, well-selected illustrations, and at the end of every chapter the author gives several "case-studies" of the current topic and walks the reader through each one.
I cannot imagine a better book for someone new to design.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: ABAP/4, Second Edition: Programming the SAP(R) R/3(R) System (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bernd Matzke
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
"Heavy" book

This book should NOT be your first ABAP book. However, if you want to differentiate yourself by learning more advanced concepts this is the only ABAP programming book I have found to-date that I would call somewhat 'advanced'.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator's Guide, Second Edition (Microsoft Windows Server System)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Sakari Kouti, Mika Seitsonen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superbly written, up-to-date text on Active Directory

Without doubt the best book I've purchased on Active Directory. The explanations are very clear and transparent, with plenty of diagrams and relevant screen shots. If you're in any doubt just visit the authors' web site, the content headings alone are enough to wet the appetite, and I wasn't disappointed when I started reading. If I wrote a book, this is the type of book I would aspire to produce. This text has the benefit of experience and is up-to-date.