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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Windows(R) with VBScript and WMI
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not to basic for this administrator


Was Joseph DeMarco (previous review) reading the same book? The book has several chapters on AD scripting, and they showed me how to create users, delete them, create OUs, and more. The book has THIRTEEN chapters on learning VBScript, which I didn't know and now I finally do. They're clearly written and they're not super-deep, so I got through them quickly. If you're a professional developer, this book isn't for you. If you're a systems administrator, I can't see how this book wouldn't be helpful.
The book has several "Putting it All Together" chapters which sum up everything that came before and show you how to design, write, and debug a complete script. I took a previous review's advice and checked out the authors Web site and there are GOBS of additional script samples, tutorials, and more. The book doesn't, for example, go into remote scripting - which I think would have blown my mind when I started - but the Web site has a good tutorial on it and several user discussions on it.
I bought the Micosoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide and thought it was WAY too deep. Every time I started to learn something it would go off on a tangent. That book is starting to be useful to me as a reference, now, because it contains SO MUCH information, but Don Jones's book showed me how to make sense of everything.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A beacon of light in a world of darkness


After reading the other reviews I have a few comments.
1. In 1994 when this book was published Java was in development and had no ways near the popularity it has today. (According to Cay Hortsmann Java did not burst onto the scene until late 1995)
2. Bertrand Meyer's book is great and contains valuable wisdom, but all of its examples are in Eiffel. While Eiffel is a great language what are my chances finding a job writing Eiffel.
But really all of the above comments are pointless. The fact of the matter is that the concepts in an Object-Oriented book should be language independent. However, to be most effective authors reinforce abstract ideas by including concrete examples. Which means the author must pick a language or write in pseudo code. Booch's book is a valuable reference to be used in learning how to apply Object-Oriented concepts to the analysis and design portion of the software development process. It is up to you to know your own problem domain or work with experts who do. I personally write software that deals with weapon trajectories and weapon effects and just because the book does not have any examples on this domain does note mean it is not valuable. The job of this book is to teach me how to think in terms of objects and how to find and design my classes and class hierarchies. It succeeds, Thanks Grady Booch.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Marc J. Rosenberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Packed With Knowledge!


Author Marc Rosenberg provides one of the first books devoted to strategies for developing organization-wide, online learning. He goes beyond the obvious technological challenges of Web-based training to explain that technology and content are meaningless without a culture of learning. But creating this culture means confronting dramatic strategic, organizational and political issues. In this roadmap for building and sustaining a learning culture, Rosenberg offers an essential balance between the structure of e-learning (design and technology issues) and its implementation (acceptance and support issues). His book is an impassioned wake-up call to all executives who are concerned about the future of their organizations. To begin building your company’s culture of learning, ... arm yourself with this practical, yet philosophical, manual — a weapon for professionals on the front lines of the revolution in workspace learning.



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
I knew nothing about HTML...


My first and last book on pure HTML. After reading it, I was ready for Perl, JavaScript, PHP, etc. My feet were wet and I was diving in.
This was a great book to cut my teeth on. It's still the only reference or any other HTML book that I own. A must have for first-timers. The VQS series is where I start on any new topic, like Perl, CSS and DHTML, PHP (but not the JS book, it's bad).