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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Spend 20 years programming C++, or read this one book


This little 1/2 inch thick book will change your life. It teaches you great habits and tells you what to avoid like the plague. EXTREMELY clear and to the point, the newest edition (2nd) covers (and uses extensively) all the new and great features of the final draft standard. Buy it right now!



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
As usual, Stanek delivers


Compact. To the point. Covers the information a network administrator needs on a day to day basis. Also, accurate.
Is it a peer to Manasi's tomes? No. This is the book you throw in your briefcase and refer to on a day to day basis for those pesky commands and processes you forget.
My advise is simple, if it says Stanek and Windows, I buy it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IPv6 Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Silvia Hagen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent resource for IPv6


This is an excellent book on IPv6 that does not shy away from providing details at every corner of the protocol. I've seen books in the past with twice the pages but hardly provide a fraction of the information you will find in this book, presented in a concise but comprehensive manner.
It is an excellent resource for IPv6 particularly to readers with background in IPv4. Not only does the author try to highlight the differences between the two protocols (take for example how the two header formats have evolved), she also explains the motivation behind each change along the way.
Of course, the author's diligent quotation of all relevant RFCs, including the ones being obsoleted where applicable, turns the book into a valuable "hypertext style" reference for IPv6, where the reader can delve further into particular areas of interest.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Printing Technology
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: J. Michael Adams, Penny Ann Dolin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It covers the lot.


I have bought a number of books on each of the topics of Typography, Printing, Prepress and other related areas. I have now lost count on the total number, but it is many, many dozen.
The cost? I fear to tally it up.
I could have saved all that time, money and effort.
I could have bought PRINTING TECHNOLOGY 5E.
If this book was twice the price, it would still be worth the money.
In 500 pages, it covers everything.
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There a books that focus on one area or a number of areas, but I have not come across any that cover everything from original thought to final product. There are some that claim to, and indeed, I thought that some of those actually did.
However, after this book, I realize that none of the others have.
In many books you have to wade through the authors own personal references and experiences, bad jokes, margin notes, clever icons, philosophical quotes and other 'padding'. The book here is strictly to the point. It is well written, direct and economical. By economical, I mean that basically one page in this book is equal to one chapter in another.
The book is brief, but it is by no means a short book. It covers everything. By leaving out the nonsense, the author manages to fit in everything of relevance. This is 500 pages crammed with information.
I have read some good books on this subject, written by the very most prestigious and respected authors in the field. However, I will have to admit that this one is the best of the lot.
I thank the author for creating this work for my use.
Regards to you all
Karl Rasmussen
Sydney, Australia