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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Jesse M. Torres
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Mini-recipes for WSH

If you are familiar with O'Reilly's cookbook books you will be familiar with the format. First the author presents a problem, then a set of solutions and a some description of how the solution works. This book has a similar format but the recipes are more small and the explanations more terse. The author expects that you know a lot about the Windows Script Host to start with and are looking for some help here and there to get through common problems.

The value of a recipes book is first in the areas it covers and problems it solves, and is secondarily in what you can learn from the solutions to the problems presented. Since the solutions are so small and the descriptions relatively brief, the value is really in what problems are covered. The sections I found most relevant were file management and 'inside the registry'. Your mileage may vary though, so I would look at the table of contents before making your purchase to ensure that you are getting enough value for your dollar.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's Beginning Visual Basic .NET
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Anne Prince
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Training in VB.NET

This book is a MUST HAVE for your VB.NET collection. Its coverage of database programming is unmatched. It presents code that can be modified to fit any application you may be developing and it does it in a very simple understandable way. I have read many of ADO.NET books but this one is the first to make it understandable. I have found time saving code in this book that I haven't found in any other books. GREAT DATABASE BOOK
The only complaint would be the format used. A lot of run together sentences that tend to bury the subjects. But if you don't mind reading it twice it all works.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book

Not the right place to start off learning the language but definetely a must have for serious Java programmers.

The only reason I give it a four is because of its bad paper quality and non-colored presentation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Database Systems: Design, Implementation and Management, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Peter Rob, Carlos M. Coronel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not for beginners...

I am taking a database class and this book is of very little help much like the teacher.