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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Total waste of time and paper


This book follows in the great tradition of excellence from the O'Reilly stable; as well as having great content, it's very *readable* - and has plenty of examples. Filled a gap in my quest for knowledge perfectly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gift from the Gods


As a busy admin is always hard to keep educated and also work the countless hours that come with an admin job. This book has provided me with a reference that I have already used so much that I have lost count of the times its code has been of use. I can thoroughly recommend this book due to the amount of hours it has saved me and enabled me to get home to my wife at a reasonable hour. Robbie many thanks.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Real Estate Rainmaker: Guide to Online Marketing
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Dan Gooder Richard
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dan Richard's Second Book Is Great


Dan Gooder Richard really nails it with this second book. His first book was all about advertising and direct mail. This new book is all about websites and e-mail and how to use them for advertising. At last, the second half of the real estate marketing story has been told.
There are so many helpful hints in this book that it is hard to keep track. You have to read it a second and third time to really absorb everything. This is a must read for anyone interested in real estate marketing or marketing in general as the tips could be applied to many industries.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Control Systems (9th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Richard C. Dorf, Robert H Bishop
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
if I could give it zero stars, I would...


This is positively the worst university textbook I have ever used, in 5 years of engineering study. Normally I get good grades and understand the material very well, but utterly failed my control course the first time through. It wasn't till after flunking that I realized that this book was the source of all my headaches. Not only is it painfully boring to read, it is disorganized and doesn't give clear explanations. This @#(%& book had my head so twisted around that I totally lost interest in even trying to study the material because it became such a daunting task. My stomach would churn when I looked at this book. Yes, the material is difficult, but that makes this text all the more dangerous for presenting it in an extra-confusing manner.
Second time through the course, I started putting the pieces together with Schaum's, and another text from the library... now I view the subject from a totally different perspective. Control theory is very interesting and useful, but not if you get off on the wrong foot with it!
Avoid this book! If you already own it, do the world a favour and load it into the fireplace. If you're a university prof, I urge you... DO NOT use this text for your course, or your poor students will suffer as I did!